White Trash Beautiful

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While Kid Rock has gotten a lot more attention for building a bridge between the post-hip-hop urban jungle and the roadside truck stop, this onetime House of Pain MC is every bit as effective in reconciling those two aesthetics. On this, his fourth solo outing, the artist formerly known as Erik Schrody doesn't stray too far from the gravelly textures of Whitey Ford Sings the Blues and Eat at Whitey's, but he manages to squeeze some extra poignancy from blue-collar tales like this disc's title track, a loving homage to a trailer-dwelling waitress. He shifts from storytelling mode to offer some heart-on-his-sleeve confessions, most of which -- like the dead-of-night ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While Kid Rock has gotten a lot more attention for building a bridge between the post-hip-hop urban jungle and the roadside truck stop, this onetime House of Pain MC is every bit as effective in reconciling those two aesthetics. On this, his fourth solo outing, the artist formerly known as Erik Schrody doesn't stray too far from the gravelly textures of Whitey Ford Sings the Blues and Eat at Whitey's, but he manages to squeeze some extra poignancy from blue-collar tales like this disc's title track, a loving homage to a trailer-dwelling waitress. He shifts from storytelling mode to offer some heart-on-his-sleeve confessions, most of which -- like the dead-of-night musing "Sleeping Alone" -- find him mulling over romantic failures with classic country wistfulness. And while he hasn't lost touch with his inner hip-hopper -- "Pain" features a sample from his old band, while the dark Appalachiana of "Blinded by the Sun" borrows a snippet or two from Eric B & Rakim -- Everlast isn't prone to living in the past. White Trash Beautiful is very much the product of a man who's comfortable in the here-and-now -- and thoroughly at ease in his own skin.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
White Trash Beautiful is Everlast's third LP since he exited the House of Pain and took up the reigns of conscience-driven, streetwise roots rap. It's been a long time coming. In music biz terms, 2000's critically acclaimed Eat at Whitey's was a dud next to Whitey Ford Sings the Blues' multi-platinum success. That and the wacko record label commingling of the early 2000s found Everlast label-less and lonely. A survivor, he started recording in his home studio and gravitated to the dusky country of outlaws like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Those sounds inform White Trash in spirit, if not necessarily in direct practice. For from the opening strains of the hard-luck story "Blinded by the Sun," it's clear that the former Erik Schrody's been hearing not only country records but country grammar, too, as well as the organic rappalachia of Bubba Sparxxx. White Trash is a more effective mix of hip-hop trope and bluesy strum because, in the years since Whitey's, what Everlast helped start has been finished by types like the above artists, Kid Rock, even OutKast. The relative novelty of hip-hop hitting up country and rock has worn away; Everlast can go ahead and kick that chip off his shoulder. Musically, Everlast and longtime producer Dante Ross still get a lot of mileage out of pairing his gruff delivery with spare acoustic guitar, and layering the whole thing over a subdued hip-hop bump think "What's It's Like". Everlast too still stumbles over the occasional rap cliché, like the street bravado/cynicism verses of "God Wanna" "I'll act like Ike Turner/Then treat you like Tina", or "Sleepin' Alone"'s clunky relationship woe. The gritty "2 Pieces of Drama" is better, with its B Real guest shot and referencing of Cypress Hill's "Hand on the Pump," but White Trash is best when it's blending country and blues into Everlast's finely rendered tales of street-level loneliness. With its rain effects, slide guitar, and Hank Williams interpolation, "This Kind of Lonely" could be Nashville product with just a bit of tweaking, while the gentle pain of first single "Broken" is tinged with cello and theremin. "Lonely Road" opens up into the album's most hopeful melody, led forth by surging fiddle and a quiet acoustic lead. "My back is strong," he sings. "I'll carry the load." Even if he's sad for a lot of it, Everlast also has some fun on White Trash Beautiful. "Sad Girl" sports a slight Latin flair in its chords as Everlast describes his latest infatuation. "Sittin' in a pearl white Eldorado/In a gangsta lean she was revvin' the throttle," he relates. "She looked like Selena/The truth couldn't be plaina." Overall it's a welcome return for Everlast -- he sounds comfortable and confident, even in his heartbreak.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498618318
  • Catalog Number: 000211402
  • Sales rank: 23,727

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blinded By The Sun
  2. 2 Broken
  3. 3 White Trash Beautiful
  4. 4 Sleepin' Alone
  5. 5 The Warning
  6. 6 Angel
  7. 7 This Kind of Lonely
  8. 8 Soul Music
  9. 9 GodWanna
  10. 10 Lonely Road
  11. 11 Sad Girl
  12. 12 Ticking Away
  13. 13 Pain
  14. 14 2 Pieces of Drama
  15. 15 Maybe
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Everlast Primary Artist, Vocals
Chris Thomas Bass, Bass Guitar
Sheree Brown Background Vocals
Keith Ciancia Organ, Keyboards
Angelo Moore Theremin
Miles Om Tackett Cello
Sadat X Background Vocals
Dante Ross Organ, Keyboards
B Real Background Vocals
Jenni Fujita Background Vocals
Zac Rae Organ, Keyboards
Tobias Ralph Drums
Dorian Heartsong Bass, Bass Guitar
Josh Lopez Guitar
Al Pahanish Percussion
Alma Cielo Violin
Rob Hill Guitar
Johnathan Moouer Drums
Justin Premino Bass, Bass Guitar
Carlos Rigas Background Vocals
John Vercessi Organ, Keyboards
Alma Cielo Organ, Keyboards
Tobias Raulf Drums
Technical Credits
Everlast Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
David Campbell String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Esmond Edwards Composer
L. Freeze Composer
Brian Gardner Mastering
John Gamble Engineer, Pro-Tools
D. Ross Composer
Dante Ross Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Earl Randle Composer
J.K. Simmons Composer
E.J. III Dixon Composer
Bo Boddie Engineer, Pro-Tools
Emile Producer
Rob Hill Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Emile Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is like america, a melting pot.

    The reason why Everlast is great to a lot of his fans is the same reason why Everlast no longer sells millions of records. His albums do not fall in a category, if you like one of his songs, unless you have a diverse musical taste, you will not be pleased with the rest if you expect an album with 14 rock songs. I give it 5 stars because out of the 14 songs, I like 8 of them A LOT. And that's because I don't like the "rap" songs, I don't like rap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thumbs Up!

    I just purchased this CD a couple of days ago, and I've already listened to it more than Everlast's previous album "Eat at Whitey's". There are a couple of songs that I tend to skip past...but all in all, it's a strong album. And it's one that should see Everlast return to his "Whitey Ford Sings the Blues" success. "Thumbs up" on this one!

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