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Human Clay
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 September, 1999)
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Creed burst out of Florida with 1997's My Own Prison, a dark but commercial debut reminiscent of the early-'90s Seattle sound. Creed's moody guitar grunge and ardent lyrics, coupled with singer Scott Stapp's passionate vocals, helped My Own Prison sell millions. Human Clay demonstrates that this likable quartet hasn't messed with success; they turn in a sophomore outing rife with evocative moodiness, soaring guitars, and a dark, roiling, intense vibe. "Beautiful" is but one of the winners on this strong 11-song CD. Haunting and indeed beautiful, the track is more delicate and seductive than most heard here, as is another lilting and mysterious entry, "Never Die," which boasts some Middle Eastern accents. "Higher" is typical Creed--safe, emotive guitar rock for the masses, but with a slight edge. Memorable hooks, Soundgarden-like guitars, and Vedder-like vocals make Human Clay at once compelling and effectively redundant. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but far from great
I initially scoffed and made damning remarks about Creed when they made their debut with My Own Prison. NOT ANOTHER ALTERNA-.... BAND! I've heard the monotonous F guitar riffs before. I've heard the same trendy Scott Wieland/Eddie Vedder/Travis Meeks vocals before. Yet...I bought the .... thing along with Human Clay earlier this year. What transcended the alternative rock cliches was Creed's ability to uplift...to "move" the listener (this listener anyway). The group's shortcomings lie within Stapp's inability to produce a wide vocal range, Tremonti's guitar lines are't the most creative musical pieces, and Phillip's repetitive drum patterns are used repeatedly throughout each song. At least Phillips works his cymbals well...providing crisp and punchy accents on his 8 and 10" splashes, intricate lip/bell patterns on his ride, and eighth note HiHat barks immidiately followed by an extra beat with the hats closed. Cool...but used waaaay too often. I actually liked My Own Prison better as an album, but Human Clay does shine through with some musical and lyrical integrity...it just shows that Creed's best works are yet to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars They're Not Another Pearl Jam Rip Off
By 1999 Creed had quietly sold upwards of 4 million copies of its debut album My Own Prison while getting little respect. They were all ready outselling Korn and Limp Bizkit when they absolutely exploded onto the charts with their 2nd album Human Clay. They also prove they aren't Pearl Jam imitators and our a great band in their own right. This album once again features roaring guitars, smashing drums and passionate vocals. Creed proved they are a great band with this album and not a flash in the pan. If you like hard rock you will love this album.

1. Are You Ready. 9/10 Great album opener. Sets the tone for the journey Creed is about to take us on.

2. What If. 10/10 Very angry song and very well done. Overall the best song on the album.

3. Beautiful. 9/10 About how beauty is skin deep, I really like the guitars on this one.

4. Say I. 9/10 Another stand out track. Everything is good about this one.

5. Wrong Way. 9/10 I like the drumming on this one.

6. Faceless Man. 9/10 Starts off softer than explosive chorus's take over.

7. Never Die. 10/10 One of the best songs. I love the lyrics, the guitars and drums really go well together.

8. With Arms Wide Open. 10/10 Big radio hit about Scott learning he will be a father. Perfection.

9. Higher. 10/10 Even bigger hit. Don't let it get to you that it was somewhat overplayed, it is a great song.

10. Wash Away Those Tears. 9/10 Another great song that masters the soft/hard dynamics wonderfully well.

11. Inside Us All. 9/10 Really inspirational album closer.

Overall a great rocking album with no weak spots. If you can see these guys live cause they know how to play and put on a great show. This album deservingly put them on top of the rock world. Get this album and all of their others.

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring, humorless, and pretentious...
and that's the best part of this album.

I'd rather hear my dog eating out of his dog food bowl.

Avoid this group like the plague.

Thankfully, they have broken up, so we will no longer be exposed to this sludge anymore. ... Read more

Asin: B00001NFCY


My Own Prison
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 August, 1997)
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It took a few years, but the "Seattle sound" migrated south. In 1997 Creed emerged from the sunny state of Florida wielding dark and dulcet postgrunge tones. Their 10-cut debut, My Own Prison, has became a surprising success by filling a niche for needy teen gloom-rockers. Singer Scott Stapp has the soulful and rich Eddie Vedder inflections down pat, but despite Creed's slightly hackneyed approach, My Own Prison is full of strong, memorable, tuneful songs (and numerous solid singles) coupled with compelling and dark emotions. Titles such as "Illusion," "Unforgiven," "What's This Life For," and "Torn" clearly peg Creed as dour introverts. But despite lyrics such as "Their souls are lost / Because they could never find / What's this life for," Creed is musically tight and dynamic, drawing on melodies that are often moving and uplifting... in a depressing sort of way, of course. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Creed's music - ain't it what's this life for?
Many started with their second (now absolutely fabulous) album, and many turned to their first release only after. No wonder, and no big deal: the quality of their debut's music is by no means lower, and never suffers from the fact that it's appreciated later than could be. Creed rocks from the very first sound of the very first song on MOP.

Torn is a perfect starter for the cd. The initial slower tempo quickly enough turns into the faster and heavier guitar riffs and passionate vocals of Stapp that shape the whole style of the band. The song might be a signature tune of the guys. Just perfect.

My own prison and Pity for a dime possess the equally catchy tunes and the refreshing bursts of the angry and heavy guitars. Both are strong enough, including the lyrics, though only the first was chosen for the single release.

Unforgiven is a more metal-like stuff, a faster tune, with nice heavy guitars, that sounds really good for 1997.

What's this life for is one of the catchiest tunes on the cd, and, objectively, one of their best songs ever. Meaningful lyrics will only add to other features of the song, and if you like it brief: a piece of art, nothing else.

One is definitely for those who prefer a slightly faster stuff, but also cares of the good memorable music and lyrics. All of that is right in the song.

Overall, a good album, though, comparing to Human Clay, may sound a little rougher, a little less professionally commercial. And those tunes full of energy and passion, like What if, Say I, Are you ready, and Beautiful would hardly be found here. Anyway, if you liked Human Clay you must have this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of Creed..
Ok now Creed is definately one of my favorite bands, from MOP to Weathered they've gone far, but their best will always remain their debut cd. So heres my song by song review.

1)Torn(5/5)-The best opener to a cd I have ever heard, right when Marks guitar kicks in you know its going to be awesome, the longest one the cd at 6 minutes.
2)Ode(5/5)-Awesome guitar, awesome chorus, and awesome vocals made this song Creed's opener for concerts for many years. Listen for the secret message during the bridge.
3)My Own Prison(5/5)-Creed's first single and the best lyrics on the whole cd,moving song that Scott wrote at 4 in the morning, living in an apartment with nothing but a towel, paper, and pen. The bridge is excellent.
4)Pity for a Dime(4/5)-Voted best solo by Mark Tremonti and you'll see why, it's cool. Other than that it's nothing new covered.
5)In America(4/5)-Kind of wierd, you might not like it depending on which political party you're in.
6)Illusion(3.5/5)-worst song on the cd, but it's still good, so that tells you something about the cd. I really don't like the bass solo at the beginning so that just kind of ruined it for me.
7)Unforgiven(4/5)-Starts off strong and never lets up until the end. Mark said this was his favorite song to play live. It's kind of disturbing when he keeps yelling "No more raping innocent" Listen to Wash Away Those Years for more on that subject.
8)Sister(4/5)-The one they almost never play live, its ok, no clue what its about but it sounds uplifting.
9)What's This Life For(5/5)-Sounds like Some of their newer stuff, the only song they've ever cursed in, it's kind of depressing, but in an uplifting way.
10)One(5/5)-A very good ending, about racial boundries, but it's very good. Leaves yo8u with a sense of closure.

So take my word for it, it's worth it. Check out their other cds too.

1-0 out of 5 stars 1000 times better than human clay, which is not saying much.

Bad music. Ick. Ugh. Yick.

Bad, bad music!!! BAD!!! BAD!!!!

El stinko humungo!

C'est garbage!! ... Read more

Asin: B000005B4T


The Better Life
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 February, 2000)
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The Mississippi-based quartet 3 Doors Down has only one thing that sets them apart from other hard rock bands: lead vocalist Brad Arnold is also the drummer. The group shops the sounds of Pearl Jam and the Goo Goo Dolls, pointing at what they like, picking it off the shelf, and throwing it into the stew.While the music on The Better Life, their debut, sounds overall both competent and confident, the songs themselves are equally uninspired and clichéd.For example, the riff from the track "Loser" is straight out of the Alice in Chains songbook, adding much more cringe-worthy lyrics ("Addiction needs a pacifier, the buzz of this poison is taking me higher").In fact, most of the lyrics zero in on well-worn rockthemes of aggravation, confusion, and frustration, feelings that 3 Doors Down will easily coax out of discriminating listeners. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Glad I wasn't so "Lucky"
I wondered aimlessly down the aisles of cds searching for that right cd to spend the rest of my gift certificate on. I had narrowed down my choice to Britney Spears. Although I wasn't really big on the whole pop scene, that darn "Lucky" song was trapped in my head. Well I decided to go over the aisles once more just to make sure...then I saw the 3 Doors Down Cd. "Ok," I thought, "aren't they the ones that sing Kryptonite?" I liked that song and although I hate buying cd's for just one song I dropped the Britney Cd and grabbed the 3DD cd and checked out.

Of course the first few days I did nothing but listen to "Kryptonite" but when I finally decided to listen to all of the cd, a thing which I rarely do, I was surprised. I couldn't believe someone wrote these songs about how I sometimes felt. Aside from "Kryptonite" there's "Loser" "Be Like That" (which I totally love!) and "Duck and Run".

I was taken aback by the lyrics and rhythms that I vowed to see them in concert. And on Tuesday OCt. 17 I did just that. If you love the Cd wait till you see these guys in concert! They totally rocked! That was the best concert ever! But back to the Cd...if you've ever had emotions of sadness, wonder and dispair you are not alone...but they do not sing the typical "oh poor me, the world sucks" kinda songs..."Duck and Run" offers hope and inspiration with lyric such as "this world can turn me down but I won't turn away,and I won't duck and run because I'm not built that way."

The cd is of all emotions and offers hope and is truly lyrically, musically, and inspirationally, the BEST Cd I have ever heard and they are also the BEST band I have ever heard. Oh and it doesn't hurt that they're from down south either.

3 Doors Down ROCKS!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome band! Awesome debut album!!!
First of all, I am writing this review to express my point of how good a band 3 Doors Down is. They actually sing about meaningful stuff unlike Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit who scribbles down extremely stupid, pointless lyrics with no meaning that a 13-year-oldcould come up with. I'm in the mood for a song-by-song review of this cd with ratings for every one:

1. Kryptonite - AWESOME!! The best song on the CD! Deserves 10 out of 5 stars!!

2. Loser - Awesome song! Has a good meaning to it 5/5

3. Duck and Run - One of my personal favs with a cool beginning that starts out fairly quiet and slow and becomes wild. 5/5

4. Not Enough - Pretty good 4/5

5. Be Like That - Average. Not the greatest tune I've heard 3/5

6. Life of My Own - OK 4/5

7. Better Life - A very enjoyable, wild rock song that I love listening to! 5/5

8. Down Poison - Awesome tune and cool lyrics! 5/5

9. By My Side - Cool song! Deserves good feedback! 5/5

10. Smack - Pretty good one. Talks about a person high on drugs 3/5

11. So I Need You - I don't have much to say about this one 4/5

3 Doors Down is an awesome band! Awesome debut album!!! I hope the second one is as good as this one.

2-0 out of 5 stars a nickle or two
if i had a nickle for every time i had listened this CD striaght through without skipping a track i would have... a nickle or two! The fact of the matter is that it has a couple of songs worth a listen, but they arent numerous enough to warrent the cost of the CD. A bit of a disapointment. There are also alot of bands who are better and more consistant, my advice... buy one of their albums.
Over all it has but a few reasons why u would want to buy it:
1. You are a die hard fan of theirs (highly unlikely)
2. The head of the Russian mafia has a gun to your head(slightly more likely)
3. For keeping the King of England out of your face (just play "Down Poison" and he'll run(a decent reason but u will also suffer))
4. As an expensive coaster (nuff said) ... Read more

Asin: B00004C4QQ


Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1999)
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The Arista debut of Carlos Santana and band gives fans of the soulful guitar vet two albums in one, but it's a decidedly good-news, bad-news proposition. First, there's a fine collection of late-'90s-model Santana--tastefully tooled songs driven by Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms ("[Da Le] Taleo," "Africa Bamba," "Migra," "Primavera," and the emotionally charged instrumental "El Farol") that allow Carlos plenty of elbowroom for his passionate soloing. Then there's the collection of tracks featuring a lineup of de rigueur alternative and hip-hop stars, including Dave Matthews, Everlast, Rob Thomas, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Eagle Eye Cherry. To their credit, Matthews ("Love of My Life") and Eagle Eye Cherry ("Wishing It Was") muster enough chemistry to make the fusion work. But the rest of the collaborations feel like an unnecessary stretch to reach out to a younger demographic that El Jefe has little trouble attracting on his own terms. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great fusion of rythms
Some die hard Santana fans have been somewhat disappointed by Carlos' latest collaboratory album. But the operative word here is collaboration, indeed. Everyone Santana invited on this album is great at what they do, and how they do it. The album flows and blends well for a CD containing such diverse rythms.

Santana jumps starts with the hypnotic (Da Le) Yaleo, where the electricity is felt throughout. Dave Matthews slows things down with the sexy, soulful and romantic tune in "Love of My Life". These are some serious sensual lyrics and Matthews voice is extremely soothing.

Everlast then moves the CD to pure rock with the dark, mysterious, but beautiful "Put Your Lights On". This track should most definite be released as a single soon, as it would a be shame to leave it behind.

Of course there's the ubiquitous "Smooth" which is catchy and playful. I was not surprised by Lauryn Hill's appearance n this album, after all Santana colloborated with Hill on her debut CD. Many people feel "Do You Like The Way" is out of place here, but hear closely. Hill is at her best: forceful, meaningful, and pure R&B/hip hop. If you listen to the rest of the song you'll find Cee-Lo's harmonies and the rest of Santana in pure funk magic.

The sassy Maria Maria will put you in trance, while the defiant and proclamatory Migra will wake you up. Corazon Espinado is pure Latin rythm with desperado love lyrics that will throw all salsa lovers on the dance floor!

Eagle-Eye Cherry brings a funky and folky tune in "Wishing It Was" - a great driving track. "El Farol" and "Primavera" are just pure Santana. The former is a beautiful instrumental song (who ever said there was no Santana on this CD?)

Santana closes with Eric Clapton in "The Calling". Two guitar geniuses at their best.

So, even if "Smooth" has already tired some of you, there's no reason for NOT owning this CD. Among all the junk out there, this is pure talent. And all the young and not so young collaborators on the album deserve an applause.

4-0 out of 5 stars Really a darn good album
Okay, I've read something like 400 of these reviews so I thought I'd speak up. I've been a Santana fan since the early '70's. My personal preference is for Santana's old jazz/rock fusion albums, (e.g., "Illuminations"[1974], "Borboletta"[1974], "Lotus"[1974], and the impossible to categorize, "Oneness"[1979]). But "Supernatural"[1999] is definitely Santana's best pop/rock album in at least 12 years ("Freedom"[1987]) and maybe 28 years ("Santana III"[1971]). I felt the band's last studio album, "Milagro"[1992], was too diffuse and self-indulgent to achieve greatness (despite some fabulous individual tracks).

I like almost every track on "Supernatural." The Latin rock tracks include "(Da le)Yaleo," "African Bamba," "Migra," "Corazon Espinado"(featuring Mana), and "Primavera"; in my opinion, any one of the last 3 of these is worth the price of the CD. I'd never heard of Lauryn Hill before I bought this album, but I really love "Do You Like the Way"--I didn't much care for it at first listen, but it grew on me. "El Farol" is a sweet, passionate sort of light jazz guitar solo with typical blazing crescendo. "The Calling" w/Eric Clapton is decent, but not great--though both guitarists manage to put out (all-too-brief) moments of sheer wonder. I don't care much for either "Maria, Maria" w/Product G&B, or "Wishing It Was" w/Eagle-Eye Cherry. The pop tunes, "Love of My Life" (featuring Dave Matthews) and "Smooth" (featuring Rob Thomas) are really great tracks. The dark and brooding alternative rock track, "Put Your Lights On" (featuring Everlast) simply takes my breath away. Be sure to wait for the unlisted track after "The Calling."

My chief complaint with the album is that Chester Thompson's keyboard talents are not showcased enough. The percussion section is given ample room to breathe, especially on "(Da Le) Yaleo" and "Migra."

Santana's unique style turns me into one big goose bump; if the music doesn't do that for you, it's not Santana's fault and it's not your fault, either. Despite several reviewers' criticisms about what they perceive as a commercial bent to this album, I find that commercial bent to be a very positive influence on the band's music; this is an extremely tight, well-produced CD--kind of a rarity for Santana. I don't personally see what is so objectionable about an artist reaching out to a wider audience. The first 3 albums by the original Santana band were smash hits and, frankly, I think it's great to hear the band on the radio again with some new music. Anyway, if you find something sinister or just plain unsatisfactory about a band consciously trying for commercial appeal, then be forewarned because that is exactly what Santana and Arista Records set out to do. I think they did a great job.

If you like this CD, you might want to check out "Moonflower"[1977], "Zebop!"[1981], "Spirits Dancing in the Flesh"[1990], or even "Freedom"[1987]; these are some of the better pop/rock Santana albums, in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! GENIUS!
This has to be the best CD ever. I listen to it ALL the time & never tire of it. Brilliant work! ... Read more

Asin: B00000J7J4


Astro Lounge
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
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Expounding on the theme from their hit "Walking on the Sun" (from the multiplatinum Fush Yu Mang), the verbose songs on Astro Lounge are filled with examinations of societal ills, personal woes, and other disappointments entailed in this thing known as Humanity. Yes, the album would seem heavy-handed were not the overriding sentiments filtered through Smash Mouth's "Hey, dude, let's party!" brand of musical optimism. Ranging from reggae to lounge to psychedelia to surfer rock to a sort of punk-a-go-go, Smash Mouth's influences have little in common with one another save for one important exception--they all evoke images of personal freedom and defiance of oppression, reminding us that, gee, fighting the Man can actually be raucous good fun! It's been a long time since a band with this much commercial potential could say something thought-provoking and get the party going. On "All Star," Steve Harwell sings, "Only shooting stars break the mold." A fitting prophecy for this outstanding alterna-pop album. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars No sellouts here... it's called Talent
I have a lot of friends. Some of them like punk music. Others like hard-core rock. Some like psychadelic 60's-style. And some like modern pop. But they all love Astro Lounge. That's because Smash Mouth is a band with talent. A lot of reviews go on and on about how Smash Mouth are major sellouts. You folks are WRONG! When you sell out, you degrade the quality of your music in order to achieve more fame and sell more CD's. Smash Mouth definitely did NOT make their music any worse on this CD. I don't know if it's better now, but it sure ain't any worse. Their songs all sound different, not the same shlop as the last track. (Sugar Ray, anyone? ) If you're into hard-core punk-ska, you might like Fush Yu Mang better. In my opinion, they're both awesome CD's. I'd start with this one, though, and then move backwards to the faster-paced Fush Yu Mang. Hanging out with friends, or relaxing, or walking around? It's all about Astro Lounge. Jogging, or trying to wake up when you're tired, or driving down a highway at 60MPH? What you want here is Fush Yu Mang. They are different types of CD's and they are both awesome. Buy this CD. You won't regret it. Then buy Fush Yu Mang. You won't regret that either.

4-0 out of 5 stars Happy, Fun, and Energetic
This CD was definitely worth the purchase. It is the perfect CD to take with you to the beach! Most of the songs sound the same, but that's okay, I don't really mind! If you listen to the CD like about once a month, you won't get sick of the songs. The song I really dislike is "Roadman." It's just not my style! And "All Star" is another non-favorite. It got so overplayed on MTV and the radio, and the song just bothers me now. There are a lot of good songs, but my top 3 favorites would have to be "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby," "Defeat You," and "Diggin' Your Scene." I highly recommend this cd for anyone that likes pop music, and bands like Sugar Ray, and Third Eye Blind!

4-0 out of 5 stars There Were Good Back Then
Ah, yes, smashmouth. how i forgot about them. back when i was in middle school, this cd came out and was great. it still is good. its such a mix of rock styles. but then came the next cd, the 1 that showed that the band was heading straight down the crapper. i mean, on their 1st cd they were doing a ska version of war's why can't we be friends, and on they're 3rd they were doing the monkees im a believer? somethings wrong somewhere. fush yu mang's ska sound and astro lounge's rock mix get it right, as the next 2 albums were quite frankly (...) pop.

1)Who's There?- mainstream sounding song about aliens or something like that 7/10
2)Diggin' Your Scene- they best song they ever wrote, such a good beat. of course i seem to love any song about someone who's pussy whipped 10/10
3)I Just Wanna See- kind of sounds like a happy hippie song from the '60s, about changing the world 7/10
4)Waste- depressing rock song about wasting your life. pretty good 9/10
5)All Star- overplayed and a little poppie (showed what was in their future), but a well written song about success 9/10
6)Satellite- nice rock sound on a song about a girl who's wondering a way from her bf 8/10
7)Radio- an awesome song that sounds like a fush yu mang song w/ a cool guitar sound. a song about hollywood. 10/10
8)Stoned- its funny that on this CD they're writing songs about getting stoned and on the new CD they're writing about a 7th grade dance. anyway this song has that longview kind of feel- start off slow then rock hard 9/10
9)Then The Morning Comes- and awesome little song w/ a great guitar sound. its about a hangover. 10/10
10)Road Man- influenced by the ska on fush yu mang, this is a true raggae song about some guy who had road rage and crashed his van 9/10
11)Fallen Horses- a sign of things to come. a pretty crappy pop song that i always skipped 4/10
12)Defeat You- a nice harder rocking song w/ a good message about getting back at someone 9/10
13)Come On, Come On- kind of a 60s rock feel but a good drum beat and ok lyrics 8/10
14)Home- just plain (...) weird. this song sounds like and alien ship has landed or something 5/10
15)Can't Get Enough of You Baby- a cover song w/ a nice rock feel and really horny, lust filled lyrics 9/10 ... Read more

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Eat at Whitey's
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 October, 2000)
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Everlast continues defying the odds with his sophomore CD. The former House of Pain frontman and Ice-T sidekick defied the odds in 1998 with the chart-topping Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, which moved Everlast beyond his rap roots and deep into a spare, acoustic amalgam of Delta blues, country, and rock--an approach that took critics and fans by storm. Eat at Whitey's finds him beefing up his sound as well as bringing in big names, such as N'dea Davenport (who adds her always welcome vocals on the sexy, R&B-flavored "Love for Real"), Goodie Mob's Cee-Lo, Cypress Hill's B Real, and Carlos Santana, for whom Everlast penned the Grammy-winning "Put Your Lights On." Everlast is still fixated on redemption and regret, but his intensity and passion make up for the narrow focus, as, guitar in hand, he conjures up a nocturnal, sultry world populated with saints, sinners, and homeboys.--Amy Linden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is the second crossover release by the former House of Pain frontman Everlast. Now Everlast completely drops his rap roots to pick up his "Whitey Ford Sings the blues persona. The result is great. This is by far the greatest crossover by any rapper, ever (Puff Daddy, Cypress Hill, etc.). Although the guitar work is very average and the crooning voice of Everlast is perhaps not as evident anymore (via Ends, Today, What its Like).

The album starts out with another unnecessary and stupid intro, Whitey (like the White Boy is Back). Next track is the first single, Black Jesus. It takes a southern gospel curve to Everlast's trademarked chanting voice while he adds race to religion feel. I Can't Move is great track that carries a heavy percussion and a mood that brings Today in mind. Black Coffee seems like a last minute addition that combines awful guitar with stupid lyrics and a barely audible voice over by Merry Clayton. The song abruptly ends and when you are looking for more you do not get it. The best song on this album is Babylon Feeling featuring Santana. It is about a man who falls in love with the world. It's incredible. The Santana guitar mixed with Everlast distortion (reminiscent of Put Your Lights On) creates a perfect blend. Deadly Assassins is an Everlast rap joint with BREAL of Cypress Hill, nothing to special about it. Childrens Story featuring Cypress Hill's Rahzel is not particularly special either except for the twangy guitars throughout the song. Love For Real is an R&B track with NDEA Davenport and it is a great mellow song. One and the same is also a great song with NDEA Davenport but seems to mirror Love For Real too much. We're All Gonna Die is rather pointless and Cee Lo is completely wasted here. One of the bottom tracks on this cd is Mercy on my Soul. It just isn't worth it, same with the rap song One Two feturing Kurupt. Graves to Dig is an excellent acoustic guitar and piano way to end an absoulutely excellent album by one of the most influencial musicians of the past couple years. Along with great cameos within his songs (NDEA Davenport, Santana, and BREAL), Everlast has created a great blend of Rock, R&B, and Rap to create a nice sound that will continue to be enjoyed for a long time. He explores so many genres on this album that it is unbelievable. It would be great if Everlast and Santana would collaborate a whole album together because it would be great. The basic fact is that Everlast is fun to listen to and needs to be an essential in any music fans collection!

If you like Everlasts sound be sure to check out: Wyclef Jean, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Santana.

3-0 out of 5 stars Returning and new Everlast fans are welcome
Welcome to Eat At Whitey's, where blues rock and hip-hop meet. Returning and new Everlast fans are welcome.

This album is comically split into two sections: Breakfast and Dinner. The breakfast specials consist of the new single, "Black Jesus", which is definitely not the best track; However, it is probably the strongest due to how it tackles discrimination on the basis of race. Overall, lyrical content is more sophisticated than his previous efforts, while maintaining the Restaurant-theme throughout the CD. Carlos Santana also returns to once again duet with Mr. Whitey Ford (Everlast) on one of the album's higlights, "Babylon Feeling". Cypress Hill's B-Real also makes an apperance on yet another song about the problems behind being a popular music artist ("Deadly Assassins").

The dinner menu features more guest artists including: Rahzel, N'Dea Davenport, Cee-Lo, Warren Haynes, and Kurupt. Thanks to the talented vocals of N'Dea Davenport, "Love For Real" is one of the best songs on the album, and probably the most melodic ever to be recorded by Everlast. I also enjoyed the bass and the message of "One, Two": "I say one, two, one-two, one-two, the good lord knows just what you've been through. Sometimes you're just doing what you got to do."

On Eat At Whitey's, Everlast revisits some of the issues on his last release, Whitey Ford Sings The Blues, and comes face to face with new ones all in about 46 minutes. Whether you think this album is good, or horrible, Everlast is a much better role model than artists like Eminem and is truly doing his own thing.

3-0 out of 5 stars Im "....at whitey's" but the food not so good this time!!
Let me start off by saying im a HUGE EVERLAST fan so this album disapointed me....just a little. After hearing his near perfect creation that is "whitey ford sings the blues" i was dying for more. What i loved about ".....sings the blues" was that it had an even balance of rap tracks and str8 up guitar songs. Unfortunately this time its more than 80% guitar and only 20% rap. Dont get me wrong, the songs are mostly top quality, but some of them i felt were mediocre at best such as "put your lights on", "mercy on my soul", "love for real" and "children's story" (which i never liked anyway). BUT the thing is, when he gets it right, EVERLAST gets it really right!!!! The best on the album are "whitey", "i cant move", "black coffee", "babylon feeling" and "one,two". The others i didnt mention are solid efforts but not standouts. ... Read more

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