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Ill Communication

Beastie Boys

1994

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Ill Communication

Rating

3.61

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3825

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5

Shiiiiiiit. If this gonna be that kinda party, I’m gonna stick my dick in the mashed potatoes.

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Aujourd'hui, comme chaque jour ouvrable, synonyme de jour de dur labeur, je me dirige vers mon lieu de travail comme à mon habitude, ouvre mon ordinateur, et avant même de consulter mes mails, je me dirige vers mon générateur préferé, mon seul petit plaisir de la journée. Je me hâte de valider ma review de l'album précedent, ainsi que ma note, et laisse les frissons envahirent mon corps alors que j'attends avec excitation le nouvel album que je m'apprête à découvrir. Tout d'un coup, la page s'actualise et me laisse apercevoir de quoi ma journée sera rythmée. Seulement, c'est la stupéfaction: l'inscription "Anniversaire de Robpullvert" vient s'afficher digitalement sous mes yeux ébahis. En effet, aujourd'hui, nous sommes le 2 Juillet, et cette journée sera comme tous les 2 Juillet un véritable calvaire. Rob prend en effet le contrôle de l'intégralité des canaux de distribution musicaux. A la radio, on peut entendre Hugh Masekala joué tambour battant, dans les supermarchés, c'est The Crusaders qui vient polluer vos achats de vivres pour la semaine. J'ai tenté d'aggriper frénétiquement mon téléphone afin de jouer un peu de Ray Charles, mais le pistes avaient été effacées et remplacées par des hurlements de douleur et des appels à l'aide. Cette journée aura une fois de plus été synonyme de souffrance et de torture psychologique, ce qui est finallement assez representif de ce qu'il en est de cotoyer les 364 autres jours de l'année les avis musicaux desastreux de robcuillère.

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J'avais beaucoup d'estime pour cet album jusqu'au moment où j'ai compris qu'il ne s'appelait pas "Three Communication" mais "Ill Communication". Sans ce couac et je dirais même ce tollé provoqué par l'équipe marketing, le projet aurait pu bénéficier d'une étoile supplémentaire.

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5

I consider myself pretty well-versed with the history of hip hop and most of the old records, but this is a side of the Beastie Boys I'd never heard before. I was expecting something more along the lines of "Licensed to Ill" or "Paul's Boutique", but this is something completely different. This isn't a rap album with jazz and funk influences, this is a jazz album with funky raps played over it. When "Sabrosa" came on halfway through, I had to double-check that I was still listening to the same album. Five well-deserved stars here

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A classic. I always forget how eclectic this record is, and how many instrumentals it has.

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Classic

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5

Holy shit this album. I had the misfortune of being born after the Beastie Boys heyday but I still felt their influence in pop culture throughout the entirety of the nineties. I don't know what I USED to think about them, but I do know it wasn't a critical or thoughtful opinion. This is the first album of theirs that I've seriously listened to all the way through and I'm just fucking blown away. The influences and styles they've managed to wrap up in this album are just wild - every track feels completely new but still connected to the previous track. I've seen complaints about the runtime but honestly it feels perfect to me. Through this album alone I've been convinced not only of the magnitude of the Beastie Boys' impact on hip-hop, but of the sheer sickness of the group itself.

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Great album upto and including "get it together". After that song, not so much. It meanders on a bit. 5 stars first half 1 star second half

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Amazing album

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5

Follow up album to Check Your Head. Saw the Beastie Boys at Col Ballroom on Aug. 13, 1992. One of my favorite albums. 1 of 1001

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5

I've never understood why The Beastie Boys' reputation as the ultimate frat boy party band, forged during the Licence To Ill era, stuck with them throughout their career. They knocked out "the hip hop Sgt. Pepper" in Paul's Boutique and still don't seem to get the credit they deserve as innovators. This album is all over the place in the best possible way. Hip hop to punk via funk and Miles Davis inspired jazz. An absolute classic.

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5

One of the better examples of those 90s records where the band tried a half-dozen different genres. Great sequencing - somehow the hardcore punk tracks don’t clash with the stripped-down sample-based hip hop. Lots of great jazz and funk instrumentals that don’t overstay their welcome. Because of this, in true 90s fashion, it sounds like a well-made mix tape. “Root Down” uses one of the best basslines ever to great effect. At times they drench their vocals in distortion and delay, reinforcing the focus on what sounds good over what would be conventionally expected of them. MCA is the MVP here, from his bass fills in “Sabotage” to the unique “Bodhisattva Vow.” Good stuff.

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Sabotage was the biggest rock radio hit of the summer of 1994 Let that sink in...recorded while Kurt Cobain was still alive...the number one rock radio song of the summer... ...was The Beastie Boys. In addition, Root Down, Sure Shot, Get it Together, Flute Loop, Heart Attack Man, Tough Guy...? Look. I was 20. I'm biased.

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5

Big change sonically from licensed to Ill and Paul's Boutique but still has the unapologetic Beastie Boys vibe. Punk rock influences shine through on a handful of tracks. Essential hip hop album that made Beastie Boys the trail blazers they are. Top tracks: sure shot, Sabotage, get it together, Futtermans Rule

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Am I just hearing loudness or is there some real punk je ne sais quoi here? Either way, it's welcome and massively elevates the raps, which fade into the production in a way that is hard to do enjoyably. Length-wise the project seems a little bloated, but the instrumentals break it up enough to keep things fresh. Ending on one is an especially neat trick. There's clearly fun being had in the studio, but also what seems like genuine experimentation, deftly executed.

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3

First 3rd of the album is amazing, then gets pretty dull

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Its a lot of fun. Would probably be 4 stars if it was 40 minutes versus 60.

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meh except for sabotage

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First half is really good. Starts to sound very samey and pretty bad during the middle/end.

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I respect the Beastie Boys, but I've never really been a fan. This album fits that pattern. There's plenty of cool things going on, but usually too much or not enough on any given track. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy a number of songs, especially "Sabotage" of course. But this is the first album we've had where I skipped songs. It's longer than I would like to listen to the Beastie Boys. A lot of the beats are cool, but these guys are all over the place. Plus they use a lot of distortion, which I normally enjoy, but here it obscures to the point where I don't even care what they're saying or doing. Some of the world-music or jazzy-type stuff is interesting, but for most of the record they sound like a sloppy, unfocused Rage Against the Machine. The most memorable vocal performances were Q-Tip on "Get It Together" and Biz Markie on "Do It," which reminds me that (1) it's Black History Month, and we haven't had a black artist/album since Michael Jackson, and (2) this is our second "hip hop" album, and both were by white artists. I'm going to listen to Midnight Marauders as a palate cleanser after this--it came out a year before this, and it doesn't sound as dated. Hell, Illmatic was released a month before this! This sounds 10 years older than Illmatic. The audacity to release THIS, AFTER Illmatic, and to INCLUDE the word "ill" in your title.....seek help. This was gonna be a 2 until I learned that. In the words of James Brown, "I'm mad!" Favorite tracks: Sabotage, Get It Together, Sure Shot Album art: Uhhh....it's a guy at a drive through or something? Very boring to look at. He looks like he might have bad teeth. Maybe he's British? Maybe that's why this made the list? Oi, guvna, bugger off. Yeah, this cover sucks. 1.5/5

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Todella kova levy tämäkin

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5

Awesome. So much different musical styles in there.

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5

Time to get ill

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5

Great album. Beastie Boys have a special place in my heart despite the fact that I've never owned one of their albums. "Sabatoge," especially, puts this album over the top for me. 5 stars!

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Banger.

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5

Nostalgic. Grew up 2nd hand listening to these albums from parents and older siblings. They had fantastic taste.

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though one of their earlier albums, by far one of the best.

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Fuck yeah absolutely amazing sound

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Very familiar. One of the best hip hop albums of all time - followed up Check Your Head in the BB’s progression into more mature / thoughtful themes (religion, domestic violence, music history, social issues, etc) while also remaining funky as hell and super funny/fun.

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5

Used to listen to this all the time back in the day.

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5

What a musical masterpiece. Really loved this one.

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5

finally, the first five star album of this list

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5

Nice energy, Beastie Boys are classic, well.

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Class, also got me through sick work times

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5

Brilliant album

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I’ve loved this album since I first saw the video for Sabotage on MTV

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5

Fettes Album, 5/5. ich finde es übrigens richtig schwierig auf deutsch zu schreiben.

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5

Classic! Best of hip hop,alternat,funk and jazz

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5

Eclectic and gritty sound. Unique and innovative style. Says early deez nuts joke. Fave songs: Sure Shot, Sabotage, Get It Together

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5

ES SABROSO!

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5

Sure shot and sabotage are jams. The album is eclectic, fun. Very listenable. Didn’t appreciate the whole album when it first came around.

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5

It does like 12 different genres all amazingly well. Awesome album.

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Groovy!

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5

HEART ATTACK! HEART ATTACK MAN! This album is damn near perfect.

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5

One of the great rap groups and albums of all time. Ageless...

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Know this album well. Think Hello Nasty might be my favourite, but this is close.

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5/5 - Love it

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5

Rockin' as hell, and rich in beats throughout. Sabotage is obviously an all timer, but Root Down, Sure Shot, Futterman's Rule, and Flute Loop are all favorites as well. I love the musical ending.

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5

sabotage!

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5

Fun album! Great mix of hip-hop and punk to make a truly unique experience.

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5

A1!

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5

Sure Shot was a really sweet song. I didn't realize how "punky" early Beastie Boys was. Very cool mashup of punk rock and old-school hip hop. Really liked this album.

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5

Great sound, fantastic instrumentals and classic songs

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5

This album is all over the place and I love it. They don’t make em like this anymore. Hip hop, beats, punk rock, flute solos, Tibet chants, jazz breaks. And that’s loaded up between some BANGER singles including arguably, the greatest guitar riff of the 90’s Fav tracks: “Sabotage” “Heart Attack Man” “B-Boys Makin With the Freak Freak” “Tough Guy” “Sure Shot”

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5

Brash, frantic, funky... this album will slap you round the face and command you to party!

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My person favorite of the B Boys

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5

All time classic! The Beasties in the middle of their peak. All the different sounds, Sabotage, Root Down, Sabrosa, Tough Guy! They are there own genre and we are better for it.

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5

Couldn’t bring myself to dee-rrrrop them down to a 4

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5

Brilliant throughout, interesting and track order is perfect.

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Classic

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Love it, great to hear real instruments playing real funk. Another album from my prime youth of the early 90s that stands up well today.

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Un album de Rap comme ça, aujourd'hui, c'est impensable. Prefs: Sure Shot, Root Down, Sabotage, Get It Together, Sabrosa, Futterman's Rule, Alright Hear This, Heart Attack Man, Bodhisattva Vow Moins Pref: Flute Loop

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5

THE best Beasties album by a country mile. Love it.

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geiler mix, old school hip hop mit nicen jazzy samples und geilem Kontrabass, und recht starken effekten auf stimme etc. Recht experimentell aber immer auf die Fresse. Plötzlich ein Punk song, plötzlich Cypress Hill, SABOTAGE wir immer geil sein - das Verzerrte Bass Riff (*Smacks Lips*). Gleichzeitig Old School (mehr als andere in 1994), aber auch modern und experimentell. Auf Dirtchamber Sessions zwischendurch da

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5

This was the first beasties album I really listened to. Super groovy instrumental tracks really highlight the boys' musical skills.

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Listened before? Y Another amazing beginning to end album. These guys were so talented as a group. I hope we get some music from the remaining two someday although that looks like a long shot. RIP MCA. Added to Library? Y Songs added to Playlist: Sure Shot, Root Down

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I've been a big fan of the Beastie Boys for many years. I'm not sure if this is my favorite, but its up there. It does admittedly lose a little steam after Get It Together but it's still good and is a very creative album. Its probably a 4 star album overall, but it gets a 5 from me for the bold choices made.

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5

This is straight fire, Some absolute bangers here, Less towards the end. 9/10

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Bom pra pilhar

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No brainer

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5

This is one of the best albums I've ever heard in my entire (and short) life! Jesus, its perfect. Every single take is memorable, breathtaking. Simply *d o p e*!

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5

already loved it!

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5

A perfect album - always wondered why the beastie boys are three white dudes with so much cred in hip hop - besides the Rick Rubin connection - they are artfully awesome at this - organic and honest hip hop to who they are - not white boys trying to be black

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5

It is of course a classic. Maybe a few tracks too long but it's the Beasties at their peak

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My favourite Beastie Boys album 💗

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Stunning and energetic

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5

lots of tracks and about half of them are bang on, way too cool for school

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Gem

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5

This is the first album they made living in CA and you can hear the influence and it sounds awesome.

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This is one of my all time favorite albums.

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5

This album hit the spot like a slice of New York pizza. I'm a Beastie Boys fan from beginning to end, but I think this and "Hello Nasty" are their absolute creative peak. They have matured a bit here, and are slightly more reflective in places, but they haven't lost their playful spirit. They bring so many styles together - even going back to their punk roots for perhaps the best example of a rap-rock hybrid ever with "Sabotage." One might argue that the instrumental numbers slow it down, but I think that it showcases their versatility as musicians and I appreciate the change of pace. This album is kind of all over the place but it just keeps moving. Played this alot during the summer of the boombox in the backseat.

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5

I listened to this album several times. SO up beat. SO fun. was very surprised. I hadn't listened to this gem before or wrote off the beastie boys way to early.

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Een heel gevarieerd album inderdaad. Van duidelijke hiphop naar steenharde rock naar een beetje funk. Ook de instrumentale nummers zijn zeer aangenaam om naar te luisteren. Ik kon dit album ten volle smaken!

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5

The only album so far where I've intentionally listened to the "extended" version.

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Sabotage is always a classic

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4

Fun and loose. Showcases the Beastie's hardcore punk roots more than I'm familiar with. End of the album is kind of a drag. Favorite tracks: "Get It Together", "Do It", "Sabotoge"

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Kova levy! Siisti tyyli tehdä hoppia ja poikkesi isosti valtavirrasta, arvostan.

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4

The sampling is *chef’s kiss*

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4

Pretty nice

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4

Very strong vocal style. An unknown artist for me, but an amazing addition to my collection

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4

4/5. BEASTIE BOYSSSSSSSS. I wish more rap/rock albums 1) existed and 2) were this good. So much energy in sabotage, great song to get hyped too!

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4

Enjoyed this for sure. Long album but some fun songs although I couldn’t name them for sure.

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DOPE, I didnt know beastie boys had so much range, this album is punk funk rock and rap, insane

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4

A lot of cool instrumentals. Great singles. At 59 minutes, it's long.

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4

This was an album that I haven't listened to in more than 20 years, so it's a strange experience coming back to it after all these years. It's interesting to see the different samples they were using on this album. Lots of jazz and funk influence. There's a lot more instrumentals in this than I remember. It's also pretty fun when they break out the hardcore punk for a song or two. It's a little strange listening to a rap album where my least favorite thing about it is the lyrics and still liking it, but the instrumentalism and diversity of sounds in this album really saves it 4/5

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4

Loud and wacky. Good job boys.

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4

Not my favourite Beastie Boys album, but they get a 4 for nostalgia and my teenage crush on Ad Rock. This is a fun listen, they're such fun to listen to you don't really notice how damn good they were.

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4

Grymma beats. Fantastiska interludes. Bäst: Sabotage

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4

Awesome album. Great musicianship which I was not expecting. Got a little repetitive near the end. But cool style.

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4

Great songs, but the first half of the album is obviously the best.

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Hyvä levy johon en ole aiemmin jostain syystä tutustunut tarkemmin. Yllättävän rokkaavaa, jopa punkahtavaa meininkiä joissakin biiseissä. Tunnin kesto oli vähän liikaa, varsinkin kun mukana oli joitakin täysin tarpeettomia instrumentaalisekoiluja.

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4

Beastie Boys have such a unique sound. Great beats, great lyrics, catchy songs altogether.

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Funky Jazz, scream hip-hop akin to a milder version of Rage Against the Machine (who was surely influenced), and hard-as-fuck punk rock songs. It's eclectic and definitely shines in the instrumental groovy songs.

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4

I fucks with the beastie boys them and Eminem gr8 white rappers

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4

Probably my favorite Beastie Boys album. I love the contrast from Sure Shot to Sabotage.

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4

very good. I have more of an appreciation for beastie boys, everyone wronged me I swear. Sabotage goes harder than I remember, but freak freak goes hard hard. last quarter or so grew dull I think. hour long albums are hard to get through imo.

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4

Great bass and the instrumentals were really good. The rest was bonus.

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4

So great. It quite five star but would get 9/10

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4

yeah, that's about what i remember - takes me back, for sure. less baggage about the hangers-on now than i had back then, which is nice.

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4

Already reviewed this album, but it's still amazing to listen to!

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4

Know this album inside and out, no fair reviews, They can not put a foot wrong, every track is just solid start to finish.

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4

4 - würd mir das teil gerne mal live einizentrieren von der bar aus

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4

Oh boy they did it. They made me homesick for good ol Brooklyn. This is a Sure Shot to a good time. Great flow, mad sample game. A treasure.

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4

Better rock-rap than most new metal ever was. || Loved listening for the samples! When the levee breaks by Led Zeppelin and (I think) sweet leaf by Black Sabbath on the first track. definitely caught some recognizable riffs on girls and other tracks, but couldn’t name em all. || Fun facts I learned looking this up: this was the first rap album to chart! || Kerry King of Slayer played the riff and solo in No Sleep Til Brooklyn, they met because Rick Rubin was producing Slayers album at the same time! || they also were planning to record a Beatles cover but ran into legal trouble with Micheal Jackson - funny this came on our list right after thriller!

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Love it

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I liked this a lot. The beats and production are so good and the rapping is decently hype. The back half got kinda weird and slow but it is what it is. 8

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4

Those beastie boys…I still don’t know if it is true but I read something a long time ago that they were originally the Latch Brothers who recorded some songs for the Jet Set Radio Future soundtrack. I haven’t googled to confirm because I want it to be true. But we need to live in a world of truth so I did just google it and I was half right!! Mike Diamond was in Latch Brothers and Beastie Boys so I’ll take that as a win. I love the Beastie Boys style and this album really shows that. Sure Shot lets you know the angle of the album before immediately jumping into the less than a minute Tough Guy. Sabotage is such a good song with that famous intro beat. I really enjoyed Get It Together as well, was that one of the members of Tribe Called Quest on that one?? The only song on this album I’d listened to already was Sabotage so all of this is new to me and I’m loving it. I’m not sure if I like this album or License to Ill more, I haven’t listened to either of them fully but there feels like a ton of variety on this one. There are short and long songs, instrumental and rap. The whole album feels like a Jet Set Radio type album as well. Perfect for skateboarding down Mulholland or just cruising on the 405. The cover of the album looks like either a Beastie Boy or a Blues Brother (BB) ordering at a drive in. I guess there could be some Ill Communication there. Maybe some dumb car hop got their order wrong and they were like “THIS IS A SABOTAGE”.

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I've always enjoyed the Beastie Boy's so much for the originality and freshness in the rap genre. A punk band that turned rap and still played live instruments. They have a fantastic instrumental album called "The In Sound From Way Out!" that they released after this record and you can very much tell they were itching to jam again on here. So many instrumental tracks on this album. Hard ones too. They're instrumental album is definitely a lot more funky than the ones on here. They fit the tone of the album a lot better though. "Get It Together," with Q-Tip is a classic. I think I find these guys so impressive every time because its such a collaborative project. Very few rap groups now have that flow where they literally finish each others sentences. Some groups feel like they don't even write in the same room, but I could not imagine the Beastie Boys being apart when they create these songs. A group that could never go solo.

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4

Great tracks. Funk.. Jazzy

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4

Incredibly stupid, pretty fun. I do think the Beastie Boys are better when you don't listen to an entire album at once though.

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4

Cool album, the better known songs are by far the best

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4

Pretty fun. Too long. 7

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4

Good early rock/rap genre expanding album. “No Sleep til Brooklyn” Is a favorite.

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4

no es mi estilo pero re weno el disco. es como kyuss con rage against the machine

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4

FUCKIN' YES!!!!

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I've loved these guys since the 80s, and yet I constantly forget what a great listen most of their albums are, so keep being surprised by how much they rock. Few bands can make me smile as much as the Beastie Boys do. They're familiar, we grew up at the same time, they're practically family. This album was a great start to the day today.

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4

pretty good instrumentals; a few really good songs, some not so good 3-4/5

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4

am i... a beastie boys fan??

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4

Great and propably enjoyed it more than Paul's Boutique.

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4

good that.

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4

Great work from the Beastie Boys. Perhaps a few too many tracks; they could have left a couple out. Overall very good though.

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4

Solid album, a lot more interlude type tracks than I expected but a very enjoyable listen.

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4

Great album

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4

A solid hip-hop album with some banging tracks, but it peters off at the end. 8.0/10 Best Tracks "Sure Shot" "Sabotage"

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4

Better than “Licensed To Ill” by far to me. Great use of samples. The album does run a little long though. Favorite Track : Get It Together Least Favorite Track : Ricky’s Theme

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"Root Down" is a vibe, this bass line is so good, the guitar lick complements it so well. My favorite so far. "Sabotage" is so sick, the guitar line goes so hard but not too hard, leaves some space for the vocals to elevate the track. The hook is probably the most memorable so far, pretty great. "Sabrosa" - sure I guess? It's catchy, but it doesn't really build up to much. Keep in mind that I'm very out of my element here, I don't listen to a lot of hip hop or music from the 90's. "The Update" - this gave me the full mix I was missing so far, with that sort of pulsing bass. Definitely works as some great punctuation within the album. "Futterman's Rule" is pretty good, love the guitars. Kinda wish it would go a little crazier though. "Alright Hear This" is a banger! "Eugene's Lament" is a pretty great little interlude. Though I think it runs a little longer than it should. "Do It" I do like this track, but the album is starting to lose me a little. Even with the risks they take with incorporating flutes and whatnot, they still deliver a very straight, even sound. I think some more variety in the beats, and deliveries would make it better. "Ricky's Theme" is kind of getting me back into it, the tasteful production centered around the very nice bass line works well. The drums sound great. "Heart Attack Man" I really thought they were going to feed the acoustic baby in me. No but this bangs. Do wish the vocals were a little farther up in the mix to match the energy though. "The Scoop" started out a little slow for me, but got better as it went. That outro is pretty great. "Shambala" PLEASE this scared me, thought it was okay. "Bodhisattva Vow" So the scary zombie vocals are still here. They work okay here, but they're also all I can focus on. Overall, this was pretty damn good, the production was probably the best facet. The bass lines were slick, and the guitar complemented them really well. The drums were a little spotty, but when they were good, they were really good. The vocal performances were overall pretty good, but I do think I would've liked a little more variety. This is just based on the first listen, so my opinion might change. But a pretty good album to get me out of my comfort zone.

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it was ok

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First time listening: 16/20 songs liked I slept on them. I generally know their top songs which to me sound very grading because of their voices (beat first is what I judge) but wow. Their instrumentals and sounds on this album are super experimental. I will definitely give them another chance. 3 songs saved

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The Beasties! Had never listened to the whole album, with Sabotage being the only song I knew going into it. Awesome. A bit all over the place, but I really enjoyed that. I'd give it a 4.4 out of 5.

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Good album. Fun to listen too and experimental.

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Not usually a fan of hip hop, but the rock vibe they bring to it is actually pretty good. I can see why people like it.

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Get It Together is the top track, MCA is stellar the whole album. Futterman’s Rule is a heavy, badass instrumental groove.

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No me lo escuché entero pero está guapísimo, me recuerda a ATCQ y eso son buenas noticias

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Funky. A classic.

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Wow.

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Yup, liked that.

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It's a bit uneven but the grooves are tight! Obviously was familiar with a few songs on here (Sabotage, Sure Shot to a lesser extant) but never listened to the full album. I've been fairly agnostic... probably most due to the vocals always being a bit harsh. But now I realize that the grooves and DJing is probably more important for them than the MCing, at least on this record.

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Yesss

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A classic with some stone cold bangers. I am going 4 stars though for the over used distorted mics and one too many bongo tracks.

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Another great album. And it's not even as good as Licensed to Ill in my opinion.

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Not into this at all.

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not a huge fan but enjoyed this album

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A notable "spiritual sequel" to License to Ill, Ill Communication displays the progression of the Beastie Boys artistry. Not only have the raps and production of their songs developed over time, but their ideas of what the genre can sound like also expanded. In "Sure Shot" open with a jazzy flute solo, lay down a backtrack, and do their signature scheme in a lo-fi soundscape that is very prominent in the rap, hip-hop and electronic music of the modern era. It's those type of ideas that are one of many reasons I would say this album is ahead of its time. They keep their punk rock roots intact with the rest of Side 1, running a suite of punk-rap bangers starting with Tough Guy and ending with the widely famous Sabotage, the notable single of the album. All of these sides are not as widely energetic or loud as their previous hits, but I think it's a nice contrast to showcase how subtleties in dynamics and sound filters can keep a record more interesting. Q-Tip from ATCQ and Biz Markie tag along on the record and share some call and response verses between the Beasties, showcasing classic, but aggressive, comradery that rap is so widely known for. Their features on the record are stellar. The second half "experimental jazz" side of this record isn't usually what I come to the Beastie Boys for, but they decided to do what they want in true B-Boy fashion and knocked it out of the park. To take inspiration from Miles Davis and just create a hip-hop jazz soundscape that focused on the talents of each member beyond their rap skills was something I'm sure turned off a lot of fans, but to me is a testament to their legacy as an all-time great group. Favorite Songs: B-Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak, Sabotage, Get It Together, Sabrosa, Shambala Least Favorite: The Scoop

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Great album ... I was familiar with it. Like the instrumentals

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Classic. More instrumental songs than I would have guessed, brilliant samples and guests

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So this isn’t my kind of thing, really, but I can tell it’s great. The range of influences is incredible. I’ll listen again.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Tough guy, Sabotage

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I'm tickled to see Biz Markie appear on this list. And "Sabotage" slaps so hard the song alone makes this album a worthy entrant on the list. Yes, sports fans, Sabotage is a 5. Similar to most rap/hip-hop albums I've come across on this list, this one is overall just a little too long. I certainly don't mind an album running long or taking it's time. But when you get to the 5th or 6th song and find yourself thinking it's running as long as a post-season extra-inning baseball game, that's what we in the business call a problem. That might be the one thing keeping this from 5 territory. Like "Sabotage", a good chunk of this album slaps. I'm impressed the Beasties pivoted from not being allowed to sample songs into something that is oftentimes majestic.

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Great great album loved it!

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I never listen to this album before. I heard the hits on the radio, but never the piece as a whole. I appreciate the range of the Beasties. I was blown away by the instrumental tracks and laughing at the lyrics of their more traditional rap tracks.

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Listen all y'all it's a SABOTAGE

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I really liked some of the more instrumental heavy tracks (surprise). Pretty solid album from the boys.

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I’m not a fan of hip hop but this is probably my favourite hip hop album because the Boys show their range and mix it up with punk, jazz, funk and classical influences to keep it interesting. This is a really fun and creative album. And Sabotage absolutely rocks!

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Very strong album… would’ve been 5* but fizzled out a little at the end!

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I enjoyed the heck outta this album. Such great energy. And an appearance from Q-Tip?! Love it.

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Still slaps.

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Like it. Not something I'm used to. Depth of sound. Layers.

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"shit, if it's gonna be that kinda party i'm gonna stick my dick in the mashed potatos!" Love the constant double bass presence, crazy modulation, creative percussion, woodwind. Eugene's Lament absolutely slaps out of nowhere, Flute Loops and Ricky's Theme also stood out as unique and great.

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A great album but a little too bloated with a couple too many instrumentals. When a record runs over an hour there's always the chance it'll contain tracks that detract or stop it being 5 star and although this is good, it needs to be a little tighter. I really liked it though and was both pleased and surprised by the eclecticism. A really enjoyable listen.

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I quite the Beastie Boys but I don't often choose to listen to them. However, this album was really enjoyable, really varied

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When I had listened to the Beattie Boys in the past I hadn't been a big fan but I've grown to appreciate them.

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I understand why the Beastie Boys are popular now

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Great early innovations from the Beastie Boys

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interessante Rhytmen, manchmal zu lang, manchmal zu viel auf einmal, gute Soli

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Never listened to much beastie boys but enjoyed this a lot more than i expected to. Without trying they school many a funk rocker (take note RHCPs) in groove humor and style. From the crunch of "Sabotage" to the roots salute of "B-boys Makin' with the Freak Freak" its got the lot. 4/5

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4 for sabotage, rest was okay

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Sick beats and classic beastie boys songs

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While I prefer their earlier, more sample-focused work, this album still absolutely slaps. Beastie Boys are remarkably consistent.

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Several great songs, a few that were only mediocre. Overall a solid album, I enjoyed going beyond the standard ones I've heard before.

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I have never listened to a full Bestie Boys album before. I was surprised to find it full of jazz, funk, and rock idioms. Their blending of genre is seamless and shows where hip hop will go in 15-20 years later with Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Kendrick Lamar. I was surprised and impressed. I'm still not the biggest fan of their vocal delivery style, and their flow is a bit rudimentary.

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Just had Paul's Boutique less than a week ago. This album feels more sprawling - on one hand it's more funky, laid-back, and instrumental and on the other it's more gritty and punk rock.

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A much more aggro sound from the Beastie Boys. While it is not bad persay, it really loses the something special I enjoyed from Licensed To Ill.

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Way more varied and fun than their debut, the only other full project I've heard from them. Not every song is a hit; a few succumb to the grating way their voices dig at me. But for the most part we have some fun lyrics, some absolute banger beats, and just a good time all around.

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I've never really listened to Beastie Boys outside of their singles and holy shit, this album is phenomenal! UPDATE: Love the jazzy interludes on this album. On the Wiki, there's a passage about how the photographer they tapped didn't quite understand the music, describing it as "a secret language." I think that's very fitting, but in a good way.

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It was a solid album, with some pretty high highs and not many lows. It had plenty of instrumental tracks, some of which were better than the others, some of which felt much like filler. I like the experimentation which was present throughout.

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Fan of the Beastie Boys but not heard this one all the way through - pleasantly surprised, what a mix of jazz, funk/soul, punk and hiphop. Sampling is great and groovy instrumentation with distorted vocals over the top works kinda well. Something held me back from 5 stars whether it's the length, some experimental parts, or the eccentricity, but it was a tough decision!

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incroyable

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ziek

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That's a lot of music elements... amazing.

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Didn't expect the amount of just instrumentals in this.

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Not the masterpiece of License To Ill or Check Your Head, but still a great thumpin' album. I like the guest appearance, and Sabotage is up there with their best songs.

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A good mix of songs that have smooth and funky beats. Then you have shit like sabotage that just kick you in the balls, in a good way tho.

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Almost no hooks in any song. The songs with no vocals were a good way to break up the songs of straight rappin. Forgot how good the Beastie Boys timing was. The synergy between the group is something you don't see anymore, most artists are just individuals waiting for the others part to be over so they can go. Favorite songs - Get it together, Futterman's rule, Alright hear this

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Nothing will ever compare to Paul's Boutique but I had lost interest in them by this point.

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It rocks and it's funky and it's jazzy. It's great

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4.4 - fantastic album with some absolute classics and strong dose of nostalgia. Forgot how much I enjoy a lot of the instrumentals like Sambrosa, too.

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Enjoyed the whole album straight through, interludes/instrumental tracks as well.

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One thing I really like about this record is that it sounds like they just stopped caring about what would be commercially successful and did whatever they wanted to do, which was apparently lay down some chill jams, occasionally interrupted by something really frenetic. Best track: Sabotage

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4 +1 for the mashed potatoes song.

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Beach boys

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Enjoyed it

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Un popurrí de hip-hop, jazz, funk... Un 4.

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This iteration of the BBoys is my favorite - them returning to their punk rock / instrumental roots. This fourth album that follows up Check Your Head to round out the 'Instrumental' portion follows their original 'party-boy-white-boy-rappers' phase, while the platform that launched them is also their weaker. The one-two of Check Your Head and Ill Communication gets to their Beatles 'experimental' phase which is the richest period. 4/5.

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first listen definitely \"braggadocious\"

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What an amazing album. Of course it's Hip Hop but it's also Punk and Jazz. Such an honest expression of ecclectic musicianship. My only complaint is that it's too long and I think this was fairly common in the age of CDs. 30-40 minutes. That's where you want your album. Double albums shouldn't be the norm, as they were in the 90s and early 2000s.

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Not my favorite album by them, but lots of good songs on here.

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They had such a distinct sound. It's really surprising that they caught on, but they were smart enough to know it would. Their samples are iconic, and most importantly, they know what they are and offer no pretense. HIp-Hop can be heavily hyperbolized and degrading, but they are able to be mostly real, innovative, and take aim on interesting subjects...like Bill Laimbeer. I think Sabotage is the perfect example of what they are. It's a great track, produced perfectly and timeless. This album is way better than I expected it to be.

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De lo poco que conozco este es el que más me gusta de los Beastie Boys, creo que en buena medida porque es un poco menos tirado al hip hop y sampleo y en su lugar tiene más instrumentos, pero también porque el factor de ellos que nunca me ha gustado (la voz aguda/gritona) no está tan presente como en otros, o de menos se mezcla con otras. Además del obvio Sabotage, me gustaron Ricky's Theme y Sabrosa.

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I have determined that there are a few Beastie Boy camps. I am in the Licensed to Ill was great, but Paul’s Boutique was awesome. I was on entirely on board with the latter’s retro-funk and innovative (and extensive) use of samples, and somewhat less of a fan of the sophomoric elements on their debut. Also important was the maturation and evolution in each of their early releases, through Check Your Head . This leads me to this, their fourth release. I enjoyed this when it was released, but it represented a slow down (perhaps inevitable) in the evolutionary progression. This resulted in a somewhat uneven release that gets played less that the two that preceded it.

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sure shots and occasional misfires

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Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!

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Solid stuff, weirdly enjoyed the intramentals more

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There were two rules for music in my moms car, if Jack White comes on you have to call him a musical genius and if the Beastie Boys come on you crank the volume. So that is exactly what I did today. While this isn't my favorite of their album it is still a great listen and contains some deep cuts I haven't heard in years. I thoroughly enjoy getting the chance to re-listen to albums I've loved my entire life.

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Kind of ok. Sure Shot is a fab, classic tune

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Good!

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So close to five, I'd say a four, makes me re-evaluate my 4 for licensed to ill, that should definitely be a 3

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Good time with this record.

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i like the beastyboys sound but im not a fan of rap overal so i get bored after a while

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Too intense for a work day

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Liked Sabotage and Flute Loop the most, great hip hop album. Wasn't able t read lyrics like I would like to, need to revisit the album in order to get a better knowledge of it. 6/8 (NOT FINAL)

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This album does have some of the Beastie Boys greatest hits. There sound is very unique and mix genres of rap, punk, rock, and blues. Sometimes incorporating classical string instruments. Would I want to own this full album? Probably not.

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Interesting fusion of different musical styles. Will come back to this one

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Loved the challenging and protesting lyrics but 2 songs performed at Glastonbury 1994 was enough for my ear drums.

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I had to power trough the first part. But the second part (sabotage and all after that were awesome).

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I don't feel like this is their strongest outing. There are some great songs, there is also some flat monotony.

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Individual songs good, album as a whole became samey

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Best wel genieten zon rap/rock album maar verveelde wel redelijk snel

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Meh

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I mean interesting but not great

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Lyrical distortion: Not a fan. Favorite Tracks: Root Down Sabotage Get It Together "Transition Tracks"

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I like the Beastie Boys, but this is definitely not their best album. There's some bangers here of course, like Sabatoge but there's quite a bit of filler on this album that didn't add anything. The sound is definitely dated, but there is still some novelty to it. Overall its pretty average, I know the Beastie Boys can do better.

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Some great tracks (Sabotage my favourite of theirs), and shows their songs aren’t all comic munition.

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3.5, couple of bangers and s lot of instrumental filler

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it was aight, not rlly my style but aight ig.

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I wanted to like this and it was really fun for the first 30 minutes but it definitely got samey and the instrumental sections did not hold my attention. 6/10

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Not sure why I am having a hard time getting into this album. I think I want to like the Beastie Boys more than I actually do. Fine album overall, interesting sound but not one I could listen to very long for one time, but luckily they changed it a few times throughout

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Innostuin välittömästi kun näin minkä yhtyeen levy tuli kuunneltavaksi. Alku lähtikin räväkästi liikkeelle ja levyn biisilistasta löytyi myös Sabotage-hitti. Levyn kaksi kertaa kuunneltuani täytyy todeta, että hyvää menoa, mutta vähän sekava pläjäys kaiken kaikkiaan. On monenlaista tyyliä ja kokeellisia juttuja. Tulee mieleen Beatlesin levyt siinä mielessä, että levyiltä löytyy klassikkoja ja sitten aina jotain ihan käsittämätöntä tavaraa, jonka olisi voinut jättää suosiolla pois ja levy olisi ollut kokonaisuutena parempi ja ehjempi. 3/5, vaikka olisin kovasti halunnutkin antaa enemmän!

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I know, right? I just don't like it that much.

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Tämä levy kärsi ihan puhtaasti siitä, ettei tätä oikein pystynyt kuunnella työnteon taustalla. Kappaleissa tapahtuu niin valtavasti ja hypitään koko ajan eri maailmoista toisiin. Levyn sisältö on niin rönsyilevä ja ylimittainen, ettei voi levylle kokonaisuutena antaa hyvää arvosanaa. Tuntuu, että tähän on tyhjennetty kaikki, mitä pöytälaatikoista löytyi ja vähän enemmänkin. On kuitenkin levyllä monia hyviä hetkiä ja niiden takia kolmonen. Eniten kolahti punkahtavat biisit kuten Tough Guy ja Heart Attack Man sekä hitti Sabotage.

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Omistan levyn.... ihan kovaa menoa, joskin myös muistikuva puudutuksesta tuli mieleen...

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Typical beastie boys

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It sounds like if Rage against the machine tried to rap. I would have given it a 2, but listening to the whole album a few times ups it to a three. They get bonus points for their songs all sounding different. They lose points for sounding really dated. You might say they... SABOTAGED themselves xD

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Fraid to say I spilt all my juice for today trying to write a comprehensible critique of Bo Burnham: Inside, so all of I've got to say about this is it's funny, bouncy and suprising enough to justify its 50 minutes.

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It wis not bad at all, I thought I was going to hear the beach boys at first but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Here’s the thing with the Beasties: no matter how varied they try to be (and they throw a lot at the wall here - hardcore punk, freewheeling jazz flute, rollicking basslines), they always end up coming out the same way. In your face hollering to a groovy drum track. Big, fun and made for parties, even when they’re trying to go beyond that. As with all of us, their biggest strength is also their biggest weakness.

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Great album, but I couldn't really do the whole album!

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Summer sounds

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Pasable

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Fun and catchy 90s vibes. Brings me back to childhood!

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A really funky jazz/hip-hop mix from the Beastie Boys with their trademark rap sound over the top. Lots of instrumental tracks throughout, where I perhaps wasn't expecting it. Best: Sure Shot; Root Down Worst: Sabrosa

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It was alright. A lot of instrumentals and experimental stuff with the signature bestie boys sound. Not much stood out in terms singles but it was still good. This is something I will need to listen to again to get a better opinion. It seems like some of these tracks will grow on me

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Had never listened to a full BB album before - I liked it. Went on to listen to another one which I didn’t like so much. Think I need to be in the mood for something like this.

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Very cool and obviously legendary, just didn’t find more than the hits that I loved.

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Above average album. Enjoy the beastie boys but this album had several instrumental interludes that didn’t seem necessary. Prefer their first album over this one. 6.6/10

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I was excited when I saw this selection but I was very underwhelmed. Loved the first few tracks, reminded me of listening to this in like 7th grade. Mustve lost interest after that even back then, because I forgot about the numerous instrumental tracks, which were unremarkable for thr most part. Wanted some beat boxing mc'ing, and while I respect the attempt, not what I was looking for.

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The pan suave of rapping boy bands. The restaurant at the end of the universe of my taste in music. Never in a million years did I think I would take to something like this, but I really did. Some of the songs are sick. Some of them are not though. I wish I could give it 4 stars just for the ones that make me feel like I'm in the same league as Blue Da Ba Dee and for the smooth transitions, but it's really drawn down at points. 3.3 stars.

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June 6th, 2021 1.SURE SHOT- I'm liking the flute sample. GREAT party track. 2.TOUGH GUY- Pure punk rock craziness. REAL crazy stuff. 3.B-BOYS MAKIN' WITH THE FREAK FREAK- Great drums, hilarious sample (lol), but I wish I knew what they were saying... 4.BOBO ON THE CORNER-Jamming instrumental. Once again, great drums. 5.ROOT DOWN- Dope track (probably the best on the album so far). Love the funky 70's bass and jazz samples. 6.SABOTAGE- Solid rap-rock.💯 7.GET IT TOGETHER- Unusual vibes.💯 8.SABROSA- A funky instrumental straight out of 1973, just made for "passion". 9.THE UPDATE- Those drums go hard. They're probably spittin' bars too. 10.FUTTERMAN'S RULE-Yet another funky instrumental track. 11.ALRIGHT HEAR THIS- The drums and bass are 🔥 (I hear that cowbell too). I wish I understood the lyrics more... 12.EUGENES LAMENT- WOW! TOTALLY DIFFERENT SOUND. Interesting gypsy vibes with the fiddle too. 13.FLUTE LOOP- Some more flute samples like "Sure Shot" in a mellower track. 14.DO IT- Total 90's vibes and more intelligible vocals. 15.RICKY'S THEME- Another seventies inspired instrumental, this time more on the jazzy side. 16.HEART ATTACK MAN- F'n crazy! Lives up to its name. 17.THE SCOOP- Jazzy beat and I can sorta tell what I'm hearing. 18.SHAMBALA- The Buddhist chants are a cool touch in this other funky instrumental. 19.BODHISATTVA VOW-The Buddhist vibes sort of continue in this track, both in the form of the title and the cymbals. 20.TRANSITIONS: Pretty funky slow jam of a final track. >In Review: Considering that my existing musical tastes are pretty far from this, I'm actually surprised at how my I enjoyed Ill Communication. The album is primarily a dynamic duo of punk rock and hip-hop, and the funky seventies-flavored instrumentals make it a unique trifecta. Even though I found that the vocals on several tracks were tough to make out, I enjoyed the overall eclectic sound on this album and would give it a 7 out of 10 if possible.

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Big fan of deez guys! This album need more listening time from me to increase the star rating.

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It's ok, instrumentation is clearly outdated at point, vocal performances can be rough, but overall it was an ok experience

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I've never quite understood the critics darling status of the Beastie Boys, then again never heard much beyond Fight for your right to party. This album did not do anything to turn mexaround to the Beasties. I'll charitably give it 3 🌟

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Reinforces my long-held belief that the Beastie Boys were - are - capable of moments of brilliance, but overall are just quite good. The highs are very fun - Sabotage being the obvious standout - and I appreciated the Lee Dorsey name check in the first track. Yeah, it's fine, but my mind remains un-blown.

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What I like a lot about this album is that it's all over the place with vibe. Some straight punk, a bunch of scuzzy Brooklyn whiteboy hip hop, some very mellow instrumentals. But it still outstays it's welcome for me. Right around Heart Attack Man, I'm ready for the party to be over. But there's not a good closer, ya know? Like maybe if Sabotage was the last song or something, you'd feel like it closed real strong. But I think I've turned this one off around here more times than not.

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America, 90s, Hip-Hop + Jazzy, Future, Mix genres = Male, - Silent {1/32} [/5]

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Hmmmmmm... Ja, grisigt är det ju. Men det visste jag ju också going in baserat på de låtar jag tidigare hört ("Sabotage", "Fight For Your Right, "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"). Men jag tycker det är intressant, även om sättet sången skriks fram inte är min kopp av te egentligen så går det ihop med resten av musiken. Gnissliga gitarrer och trummor som det bankas väldigt hårt på stundvis, andra låtar som exempelvis "Sabrosa" har ett sound som är mycket mer funkigt och jazzigt. Det känns ändå som att Beastie Boys har ett djup och inte bara är det där skrikiga som man hört. Med det sagt så fungerar den grisiga, tunga och skrikiga musiken ibland om man tar det i små mängder eller befinner sig i ett tillstånd där man bara vill röja. Jag vill minnas ett tillfälle en sen natt när någon slog igång "Sabotage" och hela kompisgänget började hoppa runt och bete sig som varelser vilka inte kan klassas som människoliknande. Det är härligt att befinna sig på en sådan plats ibland också. Bäst: Tror "Sabotage"

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I liked the instrumental tracks. The rap tracks all kind of bled together for me. I know this is classic but it really isn't my style. Even Sabotage is kind of lacking without the video. 2.5.

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Love the B-Boys and there are some classics here, but it's too long with too much filler.

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The music on this album is all over the place. Sabotage is a fantastic song and is in its own league. The rest of the songs are just ok.

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// Favs: Sabotage / Flute Loop Score: Strong 2 to Light 3

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This one’s really all over the place. From punk rock to funk, acid-jazzy instrumentals to violin solos. And a lot of it isn’t sampled!! I still find some of the shouting grating (Q Tip was a pleasant reprieve) and for that I deduct a point - but there’s humour in the lyrics and it’s not in your face all the time. Very creative.

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It's interesting when you have a knowledgeable (or opinionated) friend over while listening to the 1001 album de jour. When they know the album better than you do, it can be hard not to let their views influence your rating. Last night a friend who is a big fan of the B Boys was over. As a result, the LP was well received initially. The album did wear on me. I understand their music is diverse but this was one of the times where I don't think genre hopping works that well.

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Jazzy yelling

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Wow this was pretty long and loads crammed in there. Some I loved, some not so much. I think overall though, I did enjoy it. Have to be in the right mood though...

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Very mixed!! Love some songs with their funky beats and sexy drum solos, was that throat singing?? Some songs were very stressful with chaotic noises and some lyrics made me uncomfortable coming from a bunch of white guys

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The eclectic interludes and influences surprised me. Loved "get it together" with Q-tip.

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Pretty fun. 2 recognized songs

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Good fun

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Annoying yet also enjoyable

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It's very good but still just rap at the end of the day.

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Love the BB hip hop but less keen on the other stuff

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Sabotage is a standout. Eclectic mix of styles, not my thing but can see why it's in the book

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Lots to like

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more chilled than I was expecting

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Ok kinda cool but super long. Made pancakes to this and they were really good.

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Newish to beastie boys. Loved it

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Through this project, I've listened to more Beastie Boys in the past few months than in the decades before. This album is better than the others for the most part. I'm hearing more live instruments, which I generally prefer to sampling (although sampling can be great and a lot of fun, too). There's more variety, too, in this one. I like the different styles. Overall, I'm finding there's a limit to the amount of this band's music I can listen to, but this is a good album on its own.

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Very Nice, Strong 3

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Slightly better than "Paul's Boutique", more melodic, I think. Still, hip-hop music and the Beastie Boys in particular are not my cup of tea.

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Everyone likes the Beastie Boys, and sabotage is one of their best songs. Heard a few others as well here. Album is a bit overly long and unfocused at times, pretty 1990s. Would be a 4 if it was only half an hour. 3/5.

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Album starts brilliantly, then falls off

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Didn’t get to finish the album but feel I know it from Ritchie. I quite enjoyed it although it’s not something I’d seek out. 3*

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Craziest white boys to ever do it

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Beastie Boys good album if you like rap. Not like( You gotta fight for your right to party )

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Pretty great. 3.5/5 If you haven't read the Beatie Boys Book, I highly recommend it. It is interesting from start to finish. I listened to it on audible and it was even better with them reading it. This album is really good. I'd give it a higher score if I knew it better. I've listened to it several times and am still getting to know it. There are so many different sounds and styles throughout the album. It really is something interesting to listen to. I think people either love the Beastie Boys or hate them. If you are a hater, then I'd recommend getting to know them better. Their lyrics are quite intelligent (at times). Sometimes simplistic - going back to Licenced to Ill..... Standouts: Sabotage.

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Hip hop rock jazz funk. Te hace mover la cabeza. Al final se hace un poco pesado. 3

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Another one I hated at the time, but quite enjoy now. It brings their punk/hardcore influences together with rap and the nascent hip-hop genre. I really enjoy it now.

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You can tell they were sick of just doing one single thing. Definitely was surprised by the range of the album, but it doesn't really stick to anything so as an album I find it lacking. Obviously has some bangers.

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Pretty decent. A bit repetitive. Too long.

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Fun but not as much fun as Paul's Boutique

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Genre: East Coast Hip Hop 3/5 My second Beastie Boys album in 4 days (my algorithm is taking the piss, as the Brits would say), Ill Communication was released 8 years after their debut, Licensed to Ill. While still a great crossover project, blending rock and rap better than many other groups throughout the last 40 years or so ever did, this album isn't quite as good nor as full of energy as their debut is. While Sabotage is on here, a really great track and a huge single for them, the rest of the project flows like it doesn't really know what it's doing. We get our usual Beastie Boys jams, Sure Shot and Root Down to name a few, but a sizable chunk of this album is filled with the three boys performing entirely instrumentally, with an almost jazz/lounge feel. It unfortunately feels more like a harsh detour than an interesting diversion. It made the run of the album feel a little more like "background noise" rather than a full-on Beastie Boys album. I'm not saying they can't change it up, just personally speaking their choices didn't hit me as well as they may have hoped. When they were rapping, however, their over-emphasis on vocal disortion made it hard to discern some of their lyrics, and hard to listen to, overall. Not a bad album, though, but certainly doesn't reach the heights of their earlier projects.

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I enjoyed the live instrumentation and diversity of sounds, but it just makes the album distorted and messy. Many of the hip hop songs sound unintelligible and no song other than Sabotage (because I know it already) stand out.

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This was a LOT of sound for a Monday morning. Sure shot was a great opener, and Sabotage is the best rap/punk fusion I can think of aside from Rage Against the Machine. The rest of the album however was not great for me. It felt cluttered and annoying. Though I get that the Beastie Boy’s were showing that they could actually play instruments too, which is fine, I don’t think the fusion of styles worked on the rest of the album as well as it did on Sabotage.

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3/5 Was a fun album to listen to, a variety of jazz, punk rock, and a bit of reggae in there too. It was versatile and a fun album.

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Enjoyed Sabotage but the rest wasn't for me. The odd musically interesting moment but mostly shouty annoying teenager sounding guys

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Føles som et miks mellem Rage against og noget rap.

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2.5. I like the beastie boys but would class myself as a greatest hits fan 😁

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4

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Sabotage is a good song, and so are the more chill instrumental songs like Ricky's Theme. We both listen to a lot of alternative music, but never the Beasty Boys. We didn't really like this one very much though...

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Better than the other one

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Meh

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As great as the Beastie Boys are in their production and flow, I had a hard time with the amount of distortion in many of the tracks, and I'm sad to say I only made it halfway through :( maybe I'll revisit this album again someday.

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Paljon ihan hyvää, paljon erikoista puppaa. Meinasin peruskolmosta, mutta annan nyt vaan 2. Sekava kokonaisuus.

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Characteristic vocal mixing, reverb and distortion are overused; It sounds unique but it becomes tiring after some time, good panning that enriches the experience. Drums production (reverb and EQs) doesn't suit my preferences. Interesting beats and guitar, unique instrumentation. Great instrumental interludes. I didn't find the lyrics appealing most of the time. Not my cup of tea, 2.5/5

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Didn't finish the whole album. I've never had strong feelings for the beastie boys. Enjoyed the funky jazzy bits, but not really my jam. 2.0

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it's quite boring to be honest. the instrumentation is alright, everything to do with the vocals is not though. the lyrics are delivered in a way that you would expect to be loud but it's often drowned out by the instrumental. i don't like the effects they put on their vocals, it adds nothing and only makes it harder to understand what they're saying. I think if it weren't 20 songs it would be pretty decent but listening through the entire runtime back to back grows quite tiring as there's very little variety or points of interest. I do like sabotage though 1.5-2/5

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Appreciate the artistic merit of this but its just not really for me.

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Not cup my cup of tea unfortunately

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If anyone can explain The Beastie Boys to me I would be most appreciative. They are a rab group right? How come their lyrics are barely intelligible? How come 9 songs in an instrumental is my favorite song so far. Fight for your Right to Party? Really? Make that my two favorite songs are instrumentals...Eugene's Lament is excellent. But all in all just not buying what The Beadyie Boys are selling, even if I could figure out what that is. 2.5 🌟

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Not my cup of tea. Only songs on this album that I really enjoyed were Root Down and Sabotage.

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“This album continues the band's trend away from sampling and towards live instruments.”

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Actually a bit of a disappointment. Not a fan of the instrumentals generally. Prefer their other albums

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Love the BB's and this has my all time favorite in Sabotage....but the rest is just screaming, sorry 2 stars

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Best Song: Get It Together. Carried by Q-Tip, although it really does remind you that you could be listening to A Tribe Called Quest instead of this. Worst Song: Heart Attack Man. Unfunny and noisy. Overall: I wasn't a fan of the Beastie Boys coming into this, and the album did little to change that. Tracks like Sabrosa and The Update prove that they can make slick, jazzy jams, but more often than not they just descend into noisy lo-fi mumbling.

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While on the one hand having massive respect for the Beastie Boys, and on the other disliking hip hop with a passion, this was a very strange experience. The album contains Sabotage, which I really like, and some instrumentals with an experimental rock/funk attitude that are quite nice as well (ex.: Futterman's Rule). But I just can't bring myself to like the rest of the album's many hip hop tracks. For me, this is a 2/5.

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Much like the Missy Elliot album really. Some good songs but also a lot of filler. Much of the songs merged into one.

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Too long (20 tracks is obviously too many), too many instrumentals (that's not really what I listen to the Beastie Boys for). Sabotage obviously a stone cold classic, and a couple of other decent songs, but no more than a 2 for me.  Does get some bonus feels for reminding me how much I like Q-Tip's voice though.

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While I appreciate the more diverse background music, I still can't get behind the "yelling" aspect of their rapping and found the frequent instrumental tracks aswell as the many short songs of 2 minutes or so rather annoying and overused

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Was looking forward to this, having not heard much Beastie Boys stuff down the years. I loved Intergalactic, but nothing on this album matched up to that at all.

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I really don't like the fuzz over all of the vocals. I like the instrumentals on this album better than the songs with lyrics. A lot of this could have been original punk with cleaner language. Not my cup of tea.

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The album can not make me feel the music. It is not intresting to me.

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Rap rock is a no no

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Q

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Too much shouting to truly be called sing. Have to admit this was a big skip for me. To use their lyrical words” I can’t stand it” Sabotage. Is there a 0 rating available?

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Ewwww

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Nope… really???

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Didn't enjoy this one

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I get why The Beasties Boys should be on the list, but not this album. Licensed to Ill was the one. By this album it wasn't new anymore. Originally they were ground-breaking (though personally I'd have preferred it if they had just left the ground where it was) with sampling (including Led Zep riffs) and scratching etc. Swearing a lot in interviews and generally being badly behaved - standard teenager stuff which just screamed 'fake' to me at the time ("Mike D" turns out to be the son of a New York art dealer.. ffs). I hated hip hop and rap then and hate it even more now.

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Not my style at all. Could finish a single song

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I listened to the first half of each of the first five tracks. That was more than enough for the rest of my life.

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I hate it and everything about it. Any good beat is ruined by the "vocals." It's just so incoherent to me. Not a vibe.

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I couldn’t understand what they were saying most of the time and when I did I felt like they were just yelling the words at me. Not a fan of vocals. Not a hip hop album to get me pumped on a run

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3 good tracks?

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nenhuma música despertou minimamente meu interesse, tinha vontade de pular todas com poucos segundos

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Actually terrible. Went into this wanting to like it but just couldn't get through it. Just some lads destroying stacks of empty tin cans and shouting.

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No me gusta este tipo de musiy

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No. They shouldn't have done this.

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Thought it was a bit boring, skip listened to most of the tracks.

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Gorgeous

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great

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