Dimitri Ehrlich
July 08, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Same as It Ever Was

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Tommy Boy
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A

House of Pain’s Everlast is almost comically gruff on his group’s atmospheric sophomore effort, Same as It Ever Was. But the Irish-American rapper’s spontaneous rhyming style is no joke, and neither is his outlaw persona (he just served four months under house arrest for weapons possessions). The band’s warrior chants are set against gritty soundscapes that are consistently more innovative — and funky — than most of its multiplatinum debut. One of the year’s best hip-hop records. A

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