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Pauls Boutique

Beastie Boys Audio CD
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5. High Plains Drifter
6. The Sound Of Science
7. 3-Minute Rule
8. Hey Ladies
9. 5-Piece Chicken Dinner
10. Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun
11. Car Thief
12. What Comes Around
13. Shadrach
14. Ask For Janice
15. B-Boy Bouillabaisse

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After the out-of-nowhere success of Licensed to Ill, the Beasties had to prove they were more than one-album wonders, and they hit it out of the park with this follow-up. The Boys' lyrics are a hysterical deluge of cultural allusion (Ponce De Leon, Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh, and Love Connection's Chuck Woolery all get name-dropped), compressed wordplay, and adenoidal snottiness, but the real stars are the Dust Brothers, whose production is a hip-hop landmark. Their music tracks sound like the history of rock and funk radio boiled down to a pure concentrate--monster jams built out of thousands of unexpected samples (Johnny Cash! The Sweet!). It's a killer party album, kinetic and dense, and it never slows down. --Douglas Wolk

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5.0 out of 5 stars the album that kicked off the 70s revival July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Paul's Boutique in 1988 after coming back from London. There, a 1970s fashion craze was sharing the stage with acid house, acid jazz, etc. The Beastie Boys were the first to put something out like this in the states.
I love the city street scene on the cover, the dirty sound that smacks of vinyl records and 8 track tapes. Each track is dense with references to pop culture and samples and snippets from everywhere, I don't know how much of the sound is Beastie Boys and how much the Dust Brothers, but it all comes together.
The snot nosed kid sound of Licensed to Ill is still here, looking for a piece of ass and a window to break. Hey Ladies is a fine example of the good natured fun, slightly malicious and politically incorrect. Likewise with Car Thief, but there is a kind of warped record sound that makes it all sound a bit ominous. In the lyrics, there are stirrings of deeper things to come such as A Year and a Day which are gonna lead into the Buddhist chanting and philosophizing in Check Your Head. Most of all it is funny as hell and has an excellent groove from start to finish.
If you buy one Beastie Boys CD this is the one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hip hop's "Dark Side of the Moon" June 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Two months before this album was first released, I remember reading a rave review in Spin Magazine (back when Spin covered bands I wanted to know about, as opposed to bands I don't care about). Although the review seemed too good to be true, I can recall doing the record store rounds a couple of times a week, trying to find a copy, hoping that the release date had changed or that I might be able to score an advance promo copy from a sympathetic clerk.
When I finally got my hands on the tape (a black cassette with rainbowy Capitol 8-Track art) I popped it in my Walkman and listened. And listened. And listened. And listened. And the summer passed and I was still listening.
It's simply impossible to overrate "Paul's Boutique." It's just as difficult to crack the album open in a review, the music is so dense with beats and rhythms and ideas and lyrics that it would be like swimming in quicksand. Do you start with the Beatles samples? The great sound bites? The Dust Brothers production? The intense feeling that, at that time and place, the Beasties were just about the coolest guys in the world who could do just about anything?
Ahead of its time to a fault (it was seen as a sophmore slump, big time) this is a prescient, cultural landmark, not to mention a hell of a lot of great music crammed onto one disk. If you've heard it, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't heard it, you need to.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated for being underrated April 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
This 2nd album by the Beasties seemed to be looked at as the 'poor' album of theirs that doesn't quite get the recognition it deserves. Due to this, the general take on it for quite some time has done a 180. Heck, most of the reviewers on this site have given it 5 stars. Get real. I, personally, feel that the album originally (at least commercially) got the exact due it deserved in the first place. Not to say that 'Boutique' doesn't have its moments. It is defintely an album, produced by the Dust Bros, that DJs generally seem to appreciate (Moby praises it highly) but, still, it musically is too highly dependent on sampling. Best examples of this are the tracks, 'High Plains' drifter (fully using the entire rhythm of the Eagles' 'Those Shoes') and 'Sounds of Science' (Beatles/'The End' guitar riff). Showing off some more Abbey Road (Side 2, that is) inspiration, this time not done by sampling, the B-Boys put a nice little spin at the end of the album with the hip-hop-suite, 'B-Boy-Bouillabaisse' where the music changes every other minute give or take. This is simply an experimental album as a whole, bridging 'Licence' to 'Check Your Head' though still being much closer to the debut, still lacking maturity in vocal and lyrical delivery - something 'License' could afford to do, not this disc; especially considering it being out 2 and a half years later. Yes, it would be that following album when the Beasties truly come into their own - picking up and playing their own intruments, making their own music to back their more mature (but not too much more, still young-at-heart in approach) rapping. This one is simply for a die-hard-fan to have in his or her collection. Not one to listen to when there's 'Check Your Head', its clone - 'Ill Communication', and 'Hello Nasty'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably bought this CD for the wrong reasons... March 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
...I got this CD for a few reasons. I dig jazz and one piano player I used to play with a lot was a Beastie Boys fan. More importantly, I've heard so much about how stellar the production was on this album and how "the clear that snippet of sample" era makes it too expensive to create stuff like this. What I forgot for myself was that the rappers do matter. For me rap is Q-Tip, Mos Def, J-Live, De La, Jungle Brother, some Gangstarr and either a prophetic revolutionary message or a laid black flow. As rappers, these guys are just stupid to me. That's probably the point that I'm missing.
The Beastie's rarely if ever hit a verse and I just found their flow to be annoying. The production was clever, but more in a let me guess which record from my funk collection is playing now kind of way.
If you're a funk fan, a traditionalist, or dig a more musical laid black flow to your raps this is an album to have heard not to own in my opinion.
4 stars for the production and for taking a risk.
1 star for the raps.
2.5 stars overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAN THIS CD IS CRAZY
These guys are amazing at scratching and mixing. This is like a huge hip-hop megamix in one CD. Expecially the last track, because it literally is a megamix. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2004 by Nasud
5.0 out of 5 stars whose masterpiece?
the dust brothers? or the beasties?
either way, it's the greatest rap album of all time, hands down. so take that, snoop. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Davy
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
You don't have to be a BB fan to enjoy this CD. It truly exemplifies musical talent, at a time in the industy when there was freedom of sampling. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Sergio
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite b-boy album
In my opinion this is the strongest b-boys album. Best lyrics. Very inventive and free. Best songs on the album:
- Sound of Science
- High Plains Drifter
Published on July 1 2004 by Mr E
5.0 out of 5 stars One of raps all-time classic albums
When "Paul's Boutique" was originally released, many were expecting "Liscensed to Ill Part II". Read more
Published on June 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm just not even going to try.
No matter what I say, no matter what words I choose to use to describe this body of work, it will not come within miles of capturing the essence that is Paul's Boutique. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by "slychick6"
5.0 out of 5 stars always has been
great album no doubt, but it always has been...there are all of these punks that think that it is just good b.c a few people said so in that last few years... Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by a cas
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rap album ever. period. Brilliant
Those are the words i used to describe this album. i can't believe i waited this long to review this when i've had it for like almost 6 yrs. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Vincent Hedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time greats
"Paul's Boutique" is, quite rightfully, viewed as the Beastie's greatest body of work. No other album sounded like this, and no other one ever will. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Grant McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaks down genres
I've never heard such an amazing clash of musical categories so brilliantly fused into one idea. Paul's Boutique is a classic that, on paper, should not be this good. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Luke Trayser
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