Everlast’s ‘Songs of the Ungrateful Living’ is One of the Best Albums of 2011. – Album Review

Everlast is back with the new album, “Songs of the Ungrateful Living.” What I love about this album, and Everlast, is that it’s a very real representation of what is going on in the world. This effort is a testament to the title that bears the cover – 15 songs that make you feel grateful for your life, whatever it entails.

Everlast touches on issues like sub-prime mortgages and unemployment in the song “I Get By,” a father getting shipped off to war only to see his daughter’s life come crashing down in “Little Miss America,” and a young couple whose love fades away in “Long Time.”

A lot of music only talks about surface level problems, bringing a vague depiction of the real issue; Everlast digs deep into the wound and attempts to show fans that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. “Songs of the Ungrateful Living” is, if anything, a guide to that light. If you think your world is bad, then listen to some of the lyrics on this album and you’ll come to realize how good you actually have things.

“Songs of the Ungrateful Living” brings the classic sound that Everlast made popular with his hit song, “What It’s Like.” The catchy choruses mixed with a rap/country vibe and graspy voice make for a terrific album. This is easily one of Everlast’s better albums and from top to bottom could harvest multiple hits. Songs like “My House,” “The Crown” and “The Rain” are front runners for potential triumphs but the reality is that each song on “Songs of the Ungrateful Living” is a gem.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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