Same as It Ever Was

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Same as It Ever Was
Houseofpainsameasiteverwas.jpg
Studio album by House of Pain
Released June 28, 1994
Recorded 1992–1993
Genre
Length 49:22
Label Tommy Boy
Producer
House of Pain chronology
House of Pain
(1992)House of Pain1992
Same as It Ever Was
(1994)
Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again
(1996)Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again1996

Same as It Ever Was is the second album by American hip hop group House of Pain. It was released in 1994 and peaked at number 12 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Billboard 200.[1] To record the album, the group had to work around Everlast's house arrest for a gun charge.[2] The clean version of the second song from the album, "I'm a Swing It", was featured in the 2001 skateboarding video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A− [4]

Same as It Ever Was did not sell as well as their previous album had and reached gold status by Recording Industry Association of America.[5] From the critics, it received mixed reviews. Ted Watts of the Michigan Daily described it as "pretty good," and noted some innovation, but questioned Everlast's authenticity.[6] On the other side of the spectrum, Robert Christgau gave the album an A- and described it as "the hardest hip hop of the year."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Back from the Dead"
3:32
2. "I'm a Swing It" DJ Lethal 3:43
3. "All That" DJ Lethal 1:26
4. "On Point" DJ Lethal 3:46
5. "Runnin' Up on Ya" DJ Muggs 3:17
6. "Over There Shit" DJ Muggs 3:33
7. "Word Is Bond" (featuring Diamond D) Diamond D 4:02
8. "Keep It Comin'" DJ Muggs 3:43
9. "Interlude" DJ Lethal 0:46
10. "Same as It Ever Was" DJ Muggs 3:27
11. "It Ain't a Crime"
  • DJ Muggs
  • DJ Lethal
3:27
12. "Where I'm From" DJ Lethal 4:01
13. "Still Got a Lotta Love" DJ Lethal 2:53
14. "Who's the Man?" DJ Lethal 4:03
15. "On Point (Lethal Dose Remix)" DJ Lethal 3:33
Total length: 49:22

Personnel[edit]

  • Eric Francis Schrody - vocals (tracks 1-2, 4-8, 10-15), mixing (tracks 12, 14)
  • Daniel O’Connor - vocals (tracks 2, 4, 10, 14-15), art direction
  • Leor Dimant - vocals (tracks 4, 15), producer (tracks 2-4, 9, 11-15), mixing (tracks 3, 9, 12, 14, 15)
  • Lawrence Muggerud - executive producer, producer (tracks 1, 5-6, 8, 10-11), mixing (tracks 1-2, 4-6, 8, 10-11, 13, 15)
  • Joseph Kirkland - featured artist, producer & mixing (track 7)
  • Nick Vidal - producer (track 1)
  • Eric Vidal - producer (track 1)
  • Tom Coyne - mastering
  • Jason Roberts - engineer
  • Happy Walters - management
  • Erwin Gorostiza - art direction
  • Butch Belair - photography
  • Ron Jaramillo - design
  • Kenton Parker - logo design

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Pain - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Love, Andrew (8 August 1994). "Latest release is full-blown Pain". Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Same as It Ever Was – House of Pain". AllMusic. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: House of Pain". Robert Christgau. 
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Watts, Ted (8 September 1994). "Ted Watts review". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 21 March 2017.