One of my personal favorites.
mcvamp2001 | Los Angeles, CA (Capitol of America) | 08/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"White Trash was, at their peak of popularity, a one-hit wonder ("Apple Pie," from their self titled Geffen debut, was a hit on MTV in 1991.) But they were unfairly trampled by the Seattle invasion, as they were accidentally lumped in with the 80's "hair bands." Their music was better than that, and deserves better. The sound, punctuated by horns and tight percussion, predated "ska-rock" (I refuse to call what a bunch of Orange County white boys blow through as true ska music,) by a good five or ten years. Dave Alvin's unique wailing voice isn't for everyone. But if you turn on this CD right now, it's a refreshing change from all of the Eddie Vedder imitators who infest rock today. Si, O Si, Que? is a rip-roaring collection of fast, addictive rock. If one listens hard enough, they could hear musical stylings from the mid-to-early 90's that weren't really touched on (or ripped off, who knows?) until just a few years ago. It's hard to compare to the first album, because almost all of the band consists of different members and the horns aren't highlighted as often. Basically, it's just a great, underappreciated rock album, and if you can pick this up, it's probably one hell of a bargain."
A mixed bag with a slightly different style.
cueballbaw | Gainesville, FL | 03/01/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"From a band that not only seemingly fell into obscurity before its second release (Si o Si, Que?), but one who I could find only vaguely mentioned on the Internet. But thats beside the point. Missing most of their horn section from their first release, White Trash made a follow-up CD which I didn't know existed until nearly six years later (when I had rediscovered their first CD)! The lack of brass takes away from their unique pre-ska feel, but does feature a pop-punk sound (in Minor Happiness), and a dance-themed song (21 Club) that was reminiscent to The Crawl, and of course, their typical funky brand of music (minus much of their original lineup). If you just couldn't get enough of their first (self-titled) CD, get Si o Si, Que? for the first five songs and 21 Club. Otherwise, just stick to their first release."