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From trailer-trash beer-boy to soul-swiggin' blues-evangelist, [a]Everlast[/a]'s recent sonic rebirth is one of rock's most intriguing volte-face....
But though that album saw Everlast's demons hushed by the odd nod to past hip-hop sins, 'Today' - an eight-track grab-bag of covers, live versions and new tracks - proffers no such penitence. Instead, Everlast now finds himself swaggering under the illusion that he's a soft-metal icon; a bourbon-glugging ambassador for the unconquerable province of rock.
Thus, 'Put Your Lights On' - a stoned dirge assisted by, yup, Santana - sounds like Dire Straits choking on their hominy grits, while a live version of HOP's 'Jump Around' is buggered up by brawling guitars and hideously hirsute jazz bass. Only 'What It's Like' - a live reprise of the 'Whitey Ford...' track - hints at the drawling insouciance the Bostonian was once so capable of. The rest, though, is mere sturm und drang - corporate rock-corn for Limp Bizkit fans. The blues forgotten and the soul displaced, Everlast's road to redemption stops here.
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