Monday, April 19, 2010

Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill

Rise Up

The shine has come off the mashup revolution, but it can still be fun when done right. That’s the premise behind “Rise Up,’’ Cypress Hill’s eighth album, although by working with a crew of big-name collaborators they’ve effectively cut out the remixing middle man. On “Shut ‘Em Down’’ and “Rise Up,’’ guitarist Tom Morello’s jackhammer metal riffing conjures an alternate timeline where B-Real and Sen Dog fronted Rage Against the Machine. It’s an intriguing idea, but their laid-back menace is a poor stand-in for that band’s righteous fury. Likewise, Daron Malakian’s Middle Eastern metal chaos sounds lost outside of his System of a Down environs. Everlast channeling Jim Morrison’s boozy ghost proves a better stylistic match on “Day Destroys the Night.’’ It’s a vintage Cypress Hill smoked-out cinematic beat that leaves room to really lean into the groove. Better, too, is the kitchen-sink style of “Armada Latina,’’ where Marc Anthony croons over a salsa beat that boldly samples doobie-rock forefathers Crosby, Stills and Nash. Like the best mashups, it doesn’t sound like it should make sense. That’s why it does.

Boston Globe

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