Amy T. (simplyamy) from DAKOTA DUNES, SD Reviewed on 8/16/2007...
How can you not love classic white rap?!
Matt F. from LE CLAIRE, IA Reviewed on 8/7/2006...
Old school rap, fun stuff. I believe that this is the censored version of the album.
Addictive, hard-edged, unabashedly Irish white boy hip-hop
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Trumpeting the joys of Philly Blunts and beating down your enemies, this album has some of the most catchy tracks of the past few years. The grooves are well-structured, with hooks that worm their way to the center of your head and make even the most whitebread fella want to bop around his living room. One of the most enjoyable touches is the way they combine Irish pride with self-mocking references to the more traditional stereotypes. These guys may not rap about the horrors of inner city ghetto life, drive-bys, or the omnipresent ho-smacking, but that's a good thing. Should be a required part of most people's musical arsenal. Plus, extra points for naming a band after a reference to Orwell."
Welcome To The House Of Pain
Carltouis Stevenson | Angeles Mesa, Los Angeles | 03/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The trio, Everlast, Danny Boy and DJ Leathal, steered away from the norm to give us a damn near classic. Before Eminmem came out white boys were not regarded as serious, besides this group of Irish fellas. Catchy hooks, phrases and simple rhymes did it for the frontman and emcee Everlast. There is a lot of drinking, partying and good lyrics without the shoot 'em up, bang, bang. What kept this from being a classic is some of the samples and solid production to back the fine malt lyrics. Considering this is a 1992 release, it doesn't collect dust in my collection. Top O' The Morning To Ya!"
House of Pain-
Low-Ko187 | UK | 02/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"this is a word this CD: DOPE! it has hard-hittin beats with Everlast rugged voice and tigth producing by Soul assasins.Oh yeah these guys are both white and irish and can still rap tight. These are the tracks and there ratings by me
2. Jump Around-Y'all know this 5/5 3. Put Your head out-Tight beats with B Real from Cypress Hill featuring 5/5 4. Top O' the morning to ya-This is a good song 5/5 6. House and the Rising Son-yeah another tight track-5/5 7. Shamrocks and Shenangans-yeah boom shalock lock boom-4/5 8. House of Pain Anthem-yeah is aight-3.5/5 9. danny Boy-3/5 10. Guess Who's Back-This is dope yknow 5/5 12. Put on your sh-t kickers-good first verse but thats it-3/5 13 Come and get some of this-3.5/5 14.Life goes on-aight-4/5 15. One for the road-3.5/5 16.feel it-3/5 17 All my love-3.5/5 18 Jump Arouremix-By pete Rock 5/5
overall this album starts off dope but then gets worse after track 12 buy for good rap
A Fine Malt Album To Drink On!! (Rating: 7 out of 10- -3.5 s
Chandler | Atlanta (College Park), Georgia | 01/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Some people my call these Irish White Guys a one hit wonders, because of the song "Jump Around". Believe it or not, that was the very first rap song I heard (maybe it was LL's "Momma Said Knock You Out", anyway...), and I remember my mom constantly telling me to stop jumping on my bed, when ever that song was playing. For some reason I think that song came out a while before this album came out, I'm not exactly sure.
House Of Pain consists of Everlast (you might know him as "Whitey Ford"), Danny Boy O'Connor, and DJ Leathal, and they took this music real serious back in 1992. The album was produced by DJ Muggs (of Cypress Hill) and DJ Leathal. They had many good songs here to prove that their lead single was not the only good song on here. "Top Of The Morning To Ya" would be one of the standouts here on this album. "House And The Rising Son" is another good song that has a nice beat and featured Son Doobiest. A good favorite of mine would be "Shamrocks And Shenanigans (Boom Sha Lock Lock Boom)", becasue it has a catchy hook. I think that was their second single. If it wasn't, it should have been.
There are some wack moments on here though. First, thier rhymes are not on point most of the time. A lot of songs on here, Everlast makes refrences to puffing blunts. Also there a few bad songs on here towards the end, like "Put On Your Sh** Kickers", and "Feel It" is another forgettable one.
There are two remixes on here. "Jump Around" would be remixed by Pete Rock, but I like the origonal better if you ask me. "Shamrocks And Shenanigans" would be remixed by Butch Vig, and have a rock sound that I really wasn't feeling at all.
Overall, this is a dope CD. This group would make two more albums, "Same As It Ever Was" (1994) and "Truth Crushed To Earth Shall Rise Again" (1996), then split up. DJ Leathal would join the group Limp Bizkit. Everlast (who I just found out he had an album back in 1990) would do some experimental contry/rap music and make a few albums, and be dissed by Eminem later on. I really haven't heard much from Danny Boy. But this is the album that put these Irish guys on the map, and accepted by rap and hip hop listeners. I still drive around bumping "Jump Around" like it was the newest song that just came out. This proves that there were some white rappers who had respect for the craft for hip hop and rap music (unlike some of the ones floating around today), and I recommend that you give this a listen. This trio had fine malt lyrics on this CD, but there are some on this CD that might leave your mouth dry.
Lyrics: B- Production: B+ Guest Appearances: B Musical Vibes: B- Overall: B
Favorite Tracks: Jump Around, Top Of The Morning To Ya, House And The Rising Son, Shamrocks and Shenanigans (Boom Sha Lock Lock Boom!), Guess Whos Back, Life Goes On