Capital Records / Grand Royal
our score: 4.5 out of 5.0
wonder it is this summer's hottest selling album. The Beastie
Boys are back at it, kicking out the jams with the style only
they can deliver. Old-School meets new school? Not
in the least. It is classic Beastie Boys gone galactic.
This album, their fifth studio release, is the Beastie Boys.
If you are not familiar with the Beasties, they are THE biggest
white hip-hop band ever. Having gotten their start in the
early 80's, these Manhattan boys began as more of a joke than
anything else. Their first single was recorded in a dorm
room, and the quickly became the biggest frat band of the 80's.
Their style is very old-school, even with the new technologies
included in the new album. One can see the Black Flag influence,
with their rap/hip-hop style mixed in with rock elements.
Hello Nasty builds upon their classic style along with
adding the futuristic sounds which are only possible through today's
technology. This mixture leads towards a 90's Beastie Boys.
Mike rips through the vinyl. Not many groups break out
the vinyl these days, and of those that do, there is nothing much
to brag about. If you want to see what can be done with
vinyl, check the album out. Mixmaster Mike is featured on
more than a few tracks. Many of the other tracks include
guest vocals by artists such as Brooke Williams, Lee "Scratch"
Perry, and the Diabolical Biz Markie. The album also has
a wide variety of musical guests performing on various instruments
from the violin, to flute, to cello, to beatbox. The album's
instrumental tracks range from laid back to mexican styled jams.
"Intergalactic" was a great choice as first single from
the album. It shows the Beastie Boys, though already in
their early 30's, are still capable of the same as they were as
before. Their songs may not focus as much on partying,
women, and drinking as before, but as times change so does music.
They are still having fun, whether rapping about their music,
singing a ballad, or just letting everyone know how much ass they
kick. I mean, how many bands can get away with sampling
their previous works? You either have to kick some serious
ass, or else be an idiot, and Beasties are no idiots. (Adam
Yauch is the founder and organizer of the annual two-day Tibetan
Freedom Concert). They are out to have fun, and give their
fans what they want. "Unite" even samples what
sounds like the 80's Atari game - Asteroids® - very interesting
when set over a carnival beat with rap overlay.
liked Hello Nasty...
Super Disco Breakin'
2. The Move
3. Remote Control
4. Song For The Man
5. Just A Test
6. Body Movin'
8. Sneakin' Out The Hospital
9. Putting Shame In Your Game
10. Flowin' Prose
11. And Me
12. Three MC's And One DJ
13. The Grasshopper Unit (Keep Movin')
14. Song For Junior
15. I Don't Know
16. The Negotiation Limerick File
18. Picture This
21. Dr. Lee, PhD
22. Instant Death