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House of Pain

  • House of Pain [Tommy Boy, 1992] Choice Cuts
  • Same as It Ever Was [Tommy Boy, 1994] A-
  • Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again [Tommy Boy, 1996] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

House of Pain [Tommy Boy, 1992]
"Jump Around" Choice Cuts

Same as It Ever Was [Tommy Boy, 1994]
Where the first time they rode an easy hit and easier Vanilla Ice comparisons, now they're compelled to prove that they have a right to exist, and the struggle is tonic. Plug-ugly vocals and mean lean beats make this the hardest hip hop of the year. Name checks include Hendrix, Page, Steven Tyler, Divine Styler, Salt-n-Pepa, GG Allin, and Pearl Jam. A-

Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again [Tommy Boy, 1996] Dud