Artist: "Henry Rollins"
Album: "The Boxed Life"
Genre: Spoken Word
Label: Imago Records

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 6/1/2008

Review: Talk about a classic... this is the epitome of Henry Rollins' spoken word albums. It's a 2-disc collection of some of his finest live sets from the late eighties and early nineties. Hearing these live performances shows Henry at his very best, for he doesn't belong in a studio, he belongs on stage in front of a crowd sharing his opinions and stories of all his crazy life experiences. Talking about nervousness on airplanes, turning his hatred of people (Edie Brickell) into an art form, "Happy Guy" the movie versus "Psycho Manic Depressive Motherfucker" the movie, the frog with more intestinal fortitude than anybody on the planet... this album is simply chock full of great material that you need to hear. The two tracks on the subject of strength are memorable as hell, so if you do nothing else, make sure you listen to both of 'em.

If you haven't heard any of Henry Rollins' spoken word material before, The Boxed Life is a great place to start. As Rollins so eloquently puts it, "sleep deprivation makes everything neat," and this album is shining proof of just that.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Scruffy drunken Brit
Jun 2nd, 2008, 05:19 AM
Henry Rollins is the man who the words "The" and "Man" were first arranged in that order for.
I prefer A Rollins In The Wry (possibly because it was the first standup album of his I had heard) and Live In London (Because I'm a biased twat), but that's not to say that Boxed Life is any less fantastic.
Oozes machismo
Jun 2nd, 2008, 06:59 AM
Almighty Samfucius
Jun 3rd, 2008, 12:19 AM
I recently had the intense pleasure of sering this stupendous man in person at a local theatre, and I was nothing if not blown away. If anyone of you ever have the chance to see this man deliver his material live, by all means, reserve your seats months in advance and come with a spare mind, because the one you have now will most definitely be blown. He has better stage presence and more energy than any actor I have ever seen, and makes for one hell of a comedian.

I would marry this man.
James Brown in hiding
Jun 4th, 2008, 07:04 AM
Here Here! I own most of Rollins spoken work and he is definately inspirational.