Too Many Rappers [New Reactionaries Version] - (featuring Nas)
Bill Harper Collection, The
Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win - (featuring Santigold)
Long Burn the Fire
Larry Routine, The
Lee Majors Come Again
Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
Here's a Little Something for Ya
Crazy Ass Shit
Lisa Lisa/Full Force Routine, The
Personnel: Andre Kelman, Mike D .
Audio Mixers: Beastie Boys; Zdar.
Recording information: Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Once Adam Yauch discovered he had cancer in 2009, the Beastie Boys shelved their forthcoming The Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1 and its companion volume, gradually reviving and revising the project once Yauch went into remission. At this point, they scrapped their convoluted plans to release concurrent complementary volumes of THSC and simply went forth with The Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2, which retained the bulk of the track list from Pt 1. All this hurly-burly camouflages the essential truth of The Hot Sauce Committee: that the Beasties could sit on an album for two years to no ill effect to their reputation or the record's quality. This doesn't suggest they're out of step so much as they're out of time, existing in a world of their own making, beholden to no other standard but their own. Certainly, the Beasties stitch together sounds and rhymes from their past throughout The Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2, laying down grooves … la Check Your Head but weaving samples through these rhythms, thickly layering the album with analog synths out of Hello Nasty, all the while pledging allegiance to old-school rap in their rhymes. Nothing here is exactly unexpected -- even the presence of Santogold on "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" isn't new, it's new wave -- yet The Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 feels fresh because there is such kinetic joy propelling this music. Last time around, the Beasties weighed themselves down by creating retro-tribute to N.Y.C., taking everything just a little bit too seriously, but here they're free of any expectations and are back to doing what they do best: cracking wise and acting so stupid they camouflage how kinetic, inventive, and rich their music is. And, make no mistake, The Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 does find the Beastie Boys at their best. Perhaps they're no longer setting the style, but it takes master musicians to continually find new wrinkles within a signature sound, which is precisely what the Beasties do here. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rolling Stone (p.65) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Beasties sound exactly like themselves, cutting loose without straining to fit anyone else's idea of relevance....It's also a return to classic Beasties chutzpah..."
Rolling Stone (p.69) - Ranked #14 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[T]he unison chorales and high-speed exchanges fly by with vintage vigor."
Spin (p.94) - "[PART TWO] ventures similarly deep into floorboard-rattling territory, blurring vocals via reverb and distortion like a vintage Lee Perry dub mix..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "[I]n case you forgot, the Boys are happy to remind you that there is a considerable amount of lyrical diesel left in their tank." -- Grade: A-
Alternative Press (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir focus seems to be simply aimed at having fun. It's as if the Beasties are revisiting their CHECK YOUR HEAD and ILL COMMUNICATION days..."
Billboard (p.30) - "[A] consistent hodgepodge of slimy beats and no-nonsense rhyming."
Clash (magazine) - "[T]he Beasties effortlessly weave together a cohesive and bewildering patchwork of sounds and astute rhymes."
BUY IT NOW!!! I've been a fan of these guys for years and years now, and it's so great to see them coming back this year with another awesome album! This one is a little bit slower than their others, but fantastic all the same. Definite favourite of mine is 'Nonstop Disco Powerpack' because it sounds familiar to me...like To The Five Burroughs. I'm really looking forward to hearing part 1 of this set now...
The smile that spread across my face as I listened to this album for the first time was undeniable. As a Beastie fan dating from '92, I'm always nervous when a new release by them falls out of the sky. It seems pre-determined that as modern musical artists age, their work tends to decline. I can't say that the Beastie Boys are completely devoid of this, as it really does appear as though their *best* days are behind them. On the flip side of that, they aren't getting lazy, and they aren't simply relying on their name and past glory to get them through current releases.
To The 5 Burroughs was an album that, while good, fell into a bit of a niche. It had a strong political influence (being released in a pivotal election year), that was surrounded by dry, bottom-ed out, depressing beats (a style that was being used by MANY artists at the time.) While the album had plenty of highlights, it also featured a, what I would call, repetitive identity. It's hard to argue against the album being motivated by America's breach of security in the 9/11 attacks, and the seriousness of all of this that propagated the somewhat down-beat feel of this album. What most bothered me was the fact that Mix Master Mike put his stamp on 1998's Hello Nasty and, truly, became a member of the group. Like Slug and Ant in Atmosphere, MMM and the Beastie Boys just molded perfectly. That element seemed lacking on 5 Burroughs, and I can't help but feel somewhat disappointed by it because of that fact.
But fear not - because MMM is studio prominent once again!
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