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It's been a dozen years since the Beastie Boys broke, and on Hello Nasty, they show that--though they've grown up, matured, and just gotten older--they're still in touch with the inner brat that always made them so much fun. Turns out that the brat's turned into an ace record collector with choice taste in collaborators, too. --Randy Silver
On their previous album, Ill Communication, the Beastie Boys expanded their parameters yet again, melding cutting-edge hip-hop with slinky jazz, butt-wiggling funk, weepy classical, and combustive punk rock. Four years down the line, the group's music isn't nearly as organic. They've all but abandoned the guitars and returned to the kind of old-school beats and rhythms that defined their groundbreaking 1989 disc, Paul's Boutique. But Hello Nasty isn't a regression, and it's anything but a cop-out: in addition to resurrecting the best elements from their past, the Beastie Boys have embraced the dopest high tech gizmos of the computer age. Hello Nasty gurgles like galactic sulfur pools, whizzes like a Sega game, and slurps and thumps like the best backward Hendrix loops. Add in a cavalcade of Latin percussion, calliope keyboards, and exotic samples (Stravinsky, Stephen Sondheim, Jazz Crusaders, Rachmaninoff), and you're left with one of the most creative and jubilant hip-hop records to date, even if you exclude witty lyrics like, "I'm the king of Boggle / There is none higher / I get 11 points off the word quagmire" ("Putting Shame in Your Game"). To paraphrase über-critic Robert Christgau, Paul's Boutique may have been the band's Pet Sounds, but Hello Nasty is the Beasties' Sgt. Pepper's. --Jon Wiederhorn
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Let's be honest, if it's originality one wants, this is not the album one should buy. The Beastie Boys' tried and true formula of blending eclectic sounds from various popular musical genres is still working. Why is this working for them when wonder group, Boyz II Men's last album could not outshine it's first and sophomore efforts even though it was equal to both efforts? Timing is the answer. The Beastie Boys left enough space between albums that their fans missed them. When you're feenin' for some "Ill Communication" but tired of playing the album, in steps "Hello Nasty" to save the day! Of course, we're talking about a chart topper and hot seller especially given excellent marketing on the part of NYC's finest.
The album is pleasing to Beastie fans, but not really an achievement in the field of original! ity or growth (I guess if it ain't broke, don't fix it). Some older popular bands might take a hint from the Nasty boys... it's about basting in the success and biting when the time is right. Let's not bash the high rollers in the cash world who spell it out clearly, the Beastie Boys might as well be rapping "Make Money."
But with all due respect; right on Beastie Boys, you teach the oldtimers about real comebacks and goign to the bank!
Favorite tracks: All of the tracks with MixMaster Mike, "Song for Junior," "Electrify," "I Don't Know," ! and of course, the deliciously addictive "Intergalactic."
Most recent customer reviews
I'm in awe of how the Beastie Boys can make each album different from the last, but still remain true to who they are. Whatever that may be. Read morePublished on June 26 2004
This is a decent record, but for my ears it is too cluttered. The Beasties definitely need an edit feature - they could make another Paul's Boutique if they excised some of the... Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Scott Fendley
After so many years in activity, the Beastie Boys are still able to deliver a solid and ungaging record, offering another mix of styles and ideas. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by gonn1000
22 tracks, 67 minutes of pure eclectic genius. On-the-spot rapping, wacky but wonderful collaborations, excellent music: this album is one of the best of the 90s for me. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by Kurt Lennon
Length - 67:18
Unlike my other favorite hip-hop act of the 90s, ATCQ, The Beastie Boys' final studio album wasn't an irritated blend of forced comradery and halfhearted... Read more