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'.