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Everlast
Love, Death And THe Ghost Of Whitey Ford
Three Ring Project


The latest release from Eric "Everlast" Schrody, Love, Death And The Ghost Of Whitey Ford, is - how can I put this lightly - a total and complete waste of time and musical effort. The album has little to offer in the way of originality, creativity or driving beats. The first song on the album is "Kill The Emperor", a thinly veiled tirade against President George W. and a showcase for the word fuck and it just goes downhill from there. It's tragic when the best song on a record is a cover, in this case it's a half-assed, kitschy version of Johnny Cash's rockabilly classic "Folsom Prison Blues"

Everlast's sheer lack of imagination on this record is both sad and surprising. His previous albums House Of Pain and Whitey Ford Sings The Blues both had flashes of good times and creative ability; Love... however, has nothing going for it. The raps sound tired, the music is all shit we've heard in a million hip hop tunes, the song titles are lackadaisical (three of the sixteen songs have the word stone in the title); it just all seems "phoned in" to me. I just shook my head as the cd defamed my stereo. "If you're not going to try any harder then this, Everlast" I thought to myself, "then hang up the guitar and microphone and get a nine to five job like everybody else."

Hell, maybe I'm nitpicking or maybe it's just that I'm not expecting much. The genre of rap as a whole has never been one of my favorites but I will admit there are a few artists in it's history that were groundbreakers and innovators; for instance there's Run DMC, Public Enemy, KRS-One, The Beastie Boys, Ice-T. They are all giants, luminaries in their craft. Everlast is not among those names. He has given the world of music some ok tunes; " What It's Like", "Jump Around", "Shamrocks and Shenanigans" and "White Trash Beautiful" but it appears those days are all but a memory.

Listening to Love, Death And The Ghost Of Whitey Ford from beginning to end is drudgery, plain and simple. The album would be an endurance test for even the biggest, most diehard of rap fans. I did not want to jump around, I did not want to party. I just wanted to throw the disc out of the window of my speeding car as I wished for Whitey Ford to once again sing the blues.

-Danny R. Phillips

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