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  1. Building on Whitey Ford's organic folk-pop rap, Eat at Whitey's develops the songwriter's street-style troubadour fixation even further. This time, there's more singing than rapping, and his gruff vocals actually sound stylish, especially on the provocative "Black Jesus" and the memorable "Black Coffee."
  2. And though it's as good as, if not better than, its predecessor, the album's not bowling people over, either. Maybe its rap-folk hybrid is just too much of the same. Or maybe we just can't identify with the first-person "Black Jesus" like we can the third person of yore. Because maybe this album's greatest strength is exactly what's holding it back: the narrative.
  3. With his raw, raspy baritone voice, he paints vivid, usually empathetic pictures within an instrumental context that is rife with refreshing live beats and sharply drawn guitar and keyboard lines.
  4. 70
    His gruff voice may have earned him comparisons to Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart in the past, but let's face it: Everlast is treading awfully close to Neil Diamond territory here. Salvation, as always, comes in the grooves. Eat at Whitey's is instrumentally opulent, adding cushioned layers of percussion and vintage keyboards to the familiar blues-hop template that launched "What It's Like."
  5. 60
    Bravado and roleplay being the essence of rock, problems only arise when the real Everlast, a Grammy-winning crossover artiste, rears his head. [Nov. 2000, p.116]
  6. 50
    Though Black Jesus and Graves To Dig weld slow-burning hip-hop beats to politically astute lyrics, elsewhere the abundance of self-conscious singing and menopausal guitar noodling sees the album shuffle, uninterestingly, towards the middle of the road.
  7. Everlast's pretensions and ambition still outstrip his talent, however, and the distance between the two makes Eat At Whitey's both intriguing and frustrating.... like a defensive tackle trying his hand at ballet, he's far too clumsy and limited a singer and songwriter for the delicate material he attempts.

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  1. RockyF.
    Oct 17, 2001
    10
    Everlast has always put out all he had on every album ever. He throws in oldschool and kickass blues riffs and is inspiration to me.
  2. HollieB.
    Sep 20, 2001
    10
    One of the best albums I've heard this decade
  3. MarkS
    Mar 9, 2004
    10
    you just fall in love with the vibe of this cd
  4. MikeM.
    Sep 21, 2002
    10
    This is my favorite album(with his first one). I love how his voice, musical sound, featured back-ups, and blend of styles tell his ideas and stories so well. Everlast rules! Keep up the good work. Expand
  5. AndrewC
    Dec 13, 2002
    10
    this is one of the best albums that i have ever heard. can't wait for a new one.
  6. stefyo
    May 9, 2003
    10
    like others said :one of the best albums,maybe it's the new style,the new sound.I can hardly wait 4 another one.Keep it on the same direction,Mr.Ford(Everlast) Expand
  7. DickH.
    Sep 25, 2001
    8
    Everlast a/k/a Whitey Ford a former member of the Irish rap group House of pain. I really think Everlast is very succesful in his mixing of music styles... This record is one of my own favorits and I think it's just great... But I think he could haved used Cee-Lo as something more than just a backup singer on "One, Two"... This is a musical experiment and if you like new alternative stuff you'll love this... Expand

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