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Ill Communication [Explicit Lyrics]

The Beastie Boys Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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1. Sure Shot
2. Tough Guy
3. B-Boys Makin` With The Freak Freak
4. Bobo On The Corner
5. Root Down
6. Sabotage
7. Get It Together
8. Sabrosa
9. The Update
10. Futterman`s Rule
11. Alright Hear This
12. Eugenes`s Lament
13. Flute Loop
14. Do It
15. Ricki`s Theme
16. Heart Attack Man
17. The Scoop
18. Shambala
19. Bodhisattva Vow
20. Transitions

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By 1994 the Beasties had settled into their cultural role as the grand arbiters of cool, and Ill Communication is pretty much a catalogueof coolness: live funk, a bit of hardcore, ingenious samples of obscure records, keyboards by analogue master Money Mark, guest shots by Q-Tip and Biz Markie, MCA's cop-show metal number "Sabotage" and the inevitable cascade of witty old-school rhymes. But it's also a surprisingly mature record from a band that had, after all, been at it for 12 years already. The original jazz-funk instrumentals hold their own with the group's favourite sample sources. Their voices are modestly buried in the mix, and they've tempered their old snottiness with lyrical compassion: check out "Bodhisattva Vow", a salute to Buddhist spirituality. --Douglas Wolk

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beasties at their most eclectic June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
On Ill Communication, the Beastie Boys continued the direction of their previous album Check Your Head, growing from strictly a rap group to a band that had its own distinctive sound. Once again they played their own instruments on many of the tracks and continued to expand their musical palette. While the vocal tracks are not as consistently strong as their first three albums, it's the eclecticism that makes this a great album that becomes more rewarding with repeated listens.
There are several excellent tracks here with some of the vocal tracks such as "Root Down", "Sure Shot", "Get It Together", which features Q-Tip, and the hit single "Sabotage" being among their best rap songs. On these tracks, they continue to shine lyrically using their trademark old school references, especially on "Sure Shot." But just as they've matured musically, one only need to listen to the lyrics on "Bodhisattva You", in which MCA speaks of his Buiddhist faith, to see that the band has matured lyrically as well. The tracks "Heart Attack Man" and "Tough Guy" show the band recalling their early punk roots. However, it's the instrumentals here such as the jungle rhythms of "Shabala" and "Bobo On The Corner", the chaotic "Futterman's Rule", the warped "Eugene's Lament", and the slow jazz of "Ricky's Theme" that make the album a cohesive whole. The tracks "Sabrosa", "B-Boys Makin'With The Freak Freak", "Flute Loop", and the solemn album closer "Transitions" are also very good. Further illustrating the mood and diversity of the album is that the vocals are often distorted and dominated in the mix by the music, especially on the second half of the album. All told, this is the sound of a band evolving, a band that continues to challenge themselves with each release. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scientists of Sound Feb. 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
The production of this album is very unique...lo-fi yet ingenious and thoroughly engaging. Great use of the upright bass, despite Yauch's admission that he's a "hack." The CD just oozes with creativity and flavor. It's best to play this on a hot summer day and cruise through a dirty but interesting urban neighborhood like South Street in Philadelphia or Greenwich Village in New York. Excellent transition between tracks too, I love it when albums flow seamlessly from one song to the next. I hate to call this "rap" because that brings to mind people like P. Diddy and Jay-Z. It actually sounds more like an urban jazz-punk-hip-hop fusion than "rap" and is influenced more by "London Calling" than "Raising Hell." Most of the vocals sound like they're coming through a walkie-talkie, which of course was very intentional and works much better than one would think. Here's a track-by-track analysis:
1) Sure Shot -- Perfect opener. Sets the tone extremely well. That flute sample is golden and there is some fabulous interplay between the rappers.
2) Tough Guy -- Great hardcore punk song...will definitely get your adrenaline pumping.
3) Freak Freak -- Crazy effects and nearly inaudible rapping somewhat detract from this one, but it is still a fun listen.
4) Bobo on the Corner -- great percussion instrumental that warms you up for...
5) Root Down -- Gotta love Jimmy Smith's organ...such a tasteful choice for a sample. Songs like these make one realize how uninspired most rappers and producers are with their sampling decisions.
6) Sabotage -- Listen all y'all...if you don't stomp your feet or snap your fingers or do SOMETHING to the notorious THUMP-THUMP, THUMP-THUMP riff, you might just want to check your pulse.
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Format:Audio CD
One Liners? Yes, such as, "The phone is ringing, oh my God!" and, "Ok, Ok, let's take it from here!" and, "Alright, you're scratching right now, but don't try this at home on your dad's stereo, only under hip-hop supervision." Okay, maybe I'm the only person that quotes lyrics from songs, but, this CD especially,I just can not help it! I originally bought this based on only one track, Get It Together, when it was first released, cause that song is totally off the hook and I had to have a copy of my own to play at will...but when I took the time to listen to the album in its entirety, I began to play the CD on a ongoing basis, as one of the soundtracks to my life as a movie of the week. However, in the event, your need for music is not that dramatic, you should still have this CD, it will improve your image when played on a good system with the volume up. And when you are not sure what to jam, don't worry its perfect music for every occasion, okay, alright, one little exception, when grandma comes to visit, you may turn it down a bit. Last, but not least, the following songs deserve special mentioning: Get It Together, Alright Hear This, Flute Loop, Heart Attack Man, Scoop, but you decide which are your favorite off this recording and if you weren't before, this is the album that will make you a total Beastie Boys fan. Now how could you not want to buy it, with satisfaction guaranteed personally, by yours truely, (that's me)the One Woman Riot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dopeness Aug. 22 2001
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
This is probably one of the Beastie Boys' most well-known albums. It's not their greatest, but it's excellent and provides some of the Beasties' best moments. Ill Communication doesn't really depart from its predecesor Check Your Head. Rather, it continues the direction the Boys were going with Check Your Head. However, Ill still sounds different from ...Head. It's a little more sample-based, features fewer instrumental tracks, and is a little less lo-fi so to speak. "Sure Shot" is a classic, "Sabatoge" is as energetic as it was back then, and "Get It Together" features Q-Tip when ATCQ was still alive and well. The instrumental tracks such as "Ricky's Theme" and "Sabrosa" are also very good. The one problem with the album is that there's a little too much distortion on some the Boys' vocals on some of the vocal tracks. But otherwise, Ill Communication is practically flawless. If you're a fan or even if you're not a fan, get this album. Just don't expect an album of "Sabatoge"'s like some people did back then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beastie Boys
This album was meant to be heard on vinyl sounds great on vinyl. It's a quality 180 gram heavy weight vinyl and a decent gatefold package.
Published 13 months ago by Dan from Vic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!!!
If you are a BB fan, this is a must. If you're not, you will become one after this! Great band, great album!
Published 15 months ago by Glen Mikesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great, great, great album
Again, the Beastie Boys are phenomenal. Continuing with the "yes we play our own instruments and we're pretty damn good at it too" trend that Check Your Head introduced,... Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by "slychick6"
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE DO I START?
Published on June 20 2004 by D.U.I. - Donnie Understands Intelligence
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boys can do no wrong
Just about ten years after the release of their first album, the Beastie Boys (not quite boys anymore) reveal that you can mature without losing your edge. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beasties Can't Seem To Fail...
Again, the Beastie Boys, modern histories greatest thinkers/rappers/punk rockers strike gold with a deliciously ecclectic record in "Ill Communication". Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by S. Philp
4.0 out of 5 stars 70's funk, found!
I was watching one of my favorite films, "The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3" on television the other day, and really enjoying the thumping 70's funk soundtrack, when I swore I... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by G. Phelps
4.0 out of 5 stars 70's funk, found!
I was watching one of my favorite films, "The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3" on television the other day, and really enjoying the thumping 70's funk soundtrack, when I swore... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by G. Phelps
4.0 out of 5 stars Hootin' Hollerin' and Spittin' Rhythms
The Beastie Boys blend the aural incongruencies of Moms Mabley, Richard Pryor, drum 'n' bass, police siren atmospherics and jazz records too obscure to mention into a riotus... Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars This album is truly dreadful
It's pretty simple - if you think this is a good album then you don't know much about music. If you think this is good hip hop then you are just stupid. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Amazon Customer
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