Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Album Review: White Trash Two Heebs and a Bean

Album: White Trash, Two Heebs, and a Bean
Band: NOFX
Genre: Skate Punk, Ska Punk
Year of Release: 1992
Duration: 32:19
Label: Epitaph Records
Rating: 8.9/10

      NOFX's fourth album, White Trash, is like the band's Ride the Lightning, and then Punk in Drublic would be their Master of Puppets. If you don't understand the comparison, its because the band found their sound on this album, and then on the next album they perfected it. The album is not as masterful as their phenomenal 5th album, but White Trash has some fantastic moments of its own. Though the lyrical content on songs like "Soul Doubt", "You're Bleeding", and "She's gone" make this seem like a breakup album, for the most part the tone of this album is actually pretty bright and comedic. The ordering of the songs however isn't very well done. To put a bright, funny song like "Johnny Appleseed" after the semi-dark "I wanna be your baby" is kind of odd and kills the mood, but on their own the majority of the songs are fantastic. There are a few songs on here that aren't very memorable, such as "Warm" and "The Bag". The standout two songs on this album though are the fast "Stikin' in my eye" and the Ska-ish "Bob" that so many Pop Punk bands ripped of the guitar riff to. The opening track "Soul Doubt: is also really great, with a really nice guitar riff. The melody to the song "Liza and Louise" is very catchy and is a very strong ear-worm, and it also has some very intriguing lyrics about a lesbian relashionship. The lounge jazz cover of Minor Threat's "Straight Edge" is also very good, even if it is tongue in cheek. "Johnny Appleseed" is a very funny song with El Hefe doing a (I think) fake Hispanic accent. Fat Mike's vocal performance on the song "I Wanna Be Your Baby" is very good and memorable. Overall, this is a fantastic skate/ska punk album.

Strongest Tracks: "Soul Doubt", "Stikin in my Eye", "Bob", You're Bleeding", "Straight Edge", "Liza and Louise", "I Wanna Be your Baby", "Johnny Appleseed", "She's gone", "Buggley Eyes"

Weakest Tracks: "The Bag", "Warm"