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Ill Communication [Explicit Lyrics]

The Beastie Boys Audio CD
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1. Sure Shot
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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 Beastie Boys Oct. 3 2013
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!!! July 30 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are a BB fan, this is a must. If you're not, you will become one after this! Great band, great album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great, great, great album June 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
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, the Beasties tear it up on Ill Communication. (Not to mention make the best video second to Thriller with their single Sabotage) I can see why the Beasties don't have incredible radio airplay success, their style is too diverse, not only within an album, but within one song. However, this diversity is never confusing or unsure, even when it is within an individual song. The only thing that is confusing is how they come up with their sounds and ideas. No, not confusing. Just incredible. Anyways, I love Sure Shot, Sabotage, Root Down, and the interesting Bodhisavatta Vow. (MCA continues his spiritual growth and implements it in the Beastie's sound without sounding pretentious or snide, a difficult feature.) So there it is. Buy the friggin' album already!
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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 WHERE DO I START? June 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Boys can do no wrong May 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. ILL COMMUNICATION is so chocked with great songs that it might sound like a greatest hits anthology. It is also the eclecticism of the tunes that give off that feeling: there's punk, funk, old school stuff, retro 70s soul explosions, hints of reggae, jazz... and they make it sound so easy... none of it feels stiff or self-conscious.While later Beastie albums are also quite good, I think this is the one where they jumped the shark. But what a jump! Sure enough, the guys soon disbanded, but the good news is that they are releasing (or just have released) new music. What a welcome relief!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beasties Can't Seem To Fail... March 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
Again, the Beastie Boys, modern histories greatest thinkers/rappers/punk rockers strike gold with a deliciously ecclectic record in "Ill Communication". This album starts off strong with "Sure Shot", a funked out classic. Root Down, Sabotage, and Get It Together are the big tracks on this CD, but the real pleasure of this album are the punk and instrumental tracks slipped between witty, jazzy rap tracks.
The Beasties truly have their own style, and its hard to argue against it... Its that CD that you listen to over and over again on a roadtrip, rhyming along with the 3 MCs.
If you liked Paul's Boutique (an absolute triumph) then pick up this record, the more you hear from the beasties, the more you'll like them.
Long story short, its a classic gem that leaves no track unlistenable... When it comes to the B-Boys, you can't seem to go wrong
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4.0 out of 5 stars 70's funk, found! Feb. 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 heard a riff that reminded me of the Beastie Boys! Sure enough (pun intended), i found the sample on "Sure Shot"!
AND they even homage the piece in their lyrics: "It's The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3/ If you wanna go around it, come see me/ You can't, you won't, and you don't stop!" (You have to see the film to get the last line!!).
Pelham came out exactly 20 years prior to the Beastie Boys' release and they breathe new life into some brilliant source music!
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