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Hello Nasty

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  • Audio CD (July 14 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000007TE8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 417 customer reviews
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1. Super Disco Breakin'
2. The Move
3. Remote Control
4. Song For The Man
5. Just A Test
6. Body Movin'
7. Intergalactic
8. Sneakin' Out The Hospital
9. Putting Shame In Your Game
10. Flowin' Prose
11. And Me
12. Three MC's And One DJ
13. The Grasshopper Unit (Keep Movin')
14. Song For Junior
15. I Don't Know
16. The Negotiation Limerick File
17. Electrify
18. Picture This
19. Unite
20. Dedication
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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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By A Customer on June 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
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. When listening to any one of their efforts, you get the feeling that even though one track may be hardcore, the next rap, and the next (Could it be?) light crooning that each one is made in earnest without any pretension. (Musically speaking. Lyrically, the boys are famous for their sarcasm and irony.) Hello Nasty has a very techno, Eurotrash feel when stood next to their other albums. Instruments are played, but it doesn't have the garage band sound that Check Your Head and Ill Communication occasionally presented. This is a long album, my one complaint, and I find myself skipping around a lot more than I normally do, but it's a solid, if not great, effort. Rhymes remain fun and silly but there is a hint of maturity and change. Compare "Song for the Man" with Licensed to Ill's "Girls". Both are sung by Adrock (aka Adam Horovitz). "Girls" was a silly ditty written by a teenage boy with too many raging hormones. It's almost as if "Song for the Man" was written by Horovitz circa 1998 FOR the Horovitz of 1986 after listening to "Girls" again. Beastie Boys, maturing? Wonders will never cease. Another point of interest is the song "I Don't Know" sung (Yes, again, there is some singing) by MCA (aka Adam Yauch) expressing indecision and uncertainty, most unlike every other rap MC on the planet. This uniqueness and individuality would keep the Beastie Boys a step ahead even without the insane command of beats (They aren't called "the scientists of sound" for nothing!) and clever lyrics. However, never fear, the Beasties are still the lovable little punks with the same goofy senses of humor that they were when they first invaded the scene. It's just now they have some hindsight.
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Format: Audio CD
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.
"Hello Nasty" is long and diverse, proving that the Boys remain witty, original and interesting. This is a rich, multi-layered listening experience, a tight and consistent record with some true gems even if the filler material is also considerable.
Experimental moments like "Instant Death" or "And Me" are strange yet addictive. "I Don't Know" is a pleasant little song, "Song For Junior" stars as a curious and warm instrumental and "Can`t, Won`t, Don`t Stop" shows that the band has power and strenght to continue surprising and innovating. "Intergalactic" and "Body Movin`" are both energetic and impressive singles as well.
However, the album runs for a bit too long, containing 22 tracks and some of them are not that captivating, making for a couple of bland and skippable moments ("Flowin` Prose", "Unite", "Dedication").
As a whole, though, "Hello Nasty" is certainly a winner, a worthwile combo of sounds, influences and rythms, building an ecclectic and exciting release that has much to recommend. While the straight hip hop soundscapes are somewhat reduced in this record, the group tests and plays with new elements and variations, going for a wider direction.
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Let's take a look at some of the tracks that make this album as a whole a masterpiece.
1. Super Disco Breakin' - Opens the album in an almost futuristic yet urban style. This track lays down the phat beats that the Beastie Boys do well in their newly acclaimed specific hip-hop style as they almost totally evolve from punk on this album. Great track to open "the show."
2. Move - One of the best tracks on the album. Perfect with the cutting and sampling that give the Beastie Boys their praise. The song takes on its brilliance right after the first chorus after they chime "Hey!" Another great track.
3. Remote Control - Again, Beastie Boys make it three for three with this more aggressive and reverbed track that still holds its sampling style but puts the emphasis on more of a live hall feel with instruments. It doesn't surpass the first two songs in greatness but it is a generally catchy tune.
4. Song for the Man - This song is a risk the Beastie Boys took to add to their album. The risk was well recieved. This song is a step in the right direction of the Beastie Boys studio journey. Musically brilliant. When you get to this song on the album, it is the best so far.
5. Just a Test - A pretty hip track with some neat samples and cuts. Some may say this song is empty and more could have been done but it is its spaciness and lack of filler/wall that leaves your imagination to fill in the gaps. It ends in a cool sample.
6. Body Movin' - Plainly put, this track rocks. It is the best song since track four and perhaps even better than Song for the Man. It alone is worth the [money]I paid for this album. Good sampling and good cutting again. The DJ and studio work is amazing here.
7. Intergalactic - An obviously good track.
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First, this is not the best Beastie Boys record. That honor would have to go to Check Your Head or Paul's Boutique. Still, Hello Nasty is a great album that sees Mike and the two Adams reach back into the past of hip-hop while continuing to travel in new musical directions.
As far as the hip-hop goes, "Intergalactic" and "Body Movin'" are now part of the classic Beastie Boys canon. But several of the non-singles are also incredible. "The Move" is my favorite of these, with huge SP-12 beats and excellent old-school wordplay, not to mention some hilarious lyrics ("Dogs love me 'cause I'm crazy sniffable!"). The most underrated hip-hop track is "Unite," which combines crazy swirling sounds with lyrics that send out the Beastie Boys' non-violent message while always keeping it humorous ("I don't like to fight, I don't carry a piece, I wear a permanent press so I'm always creased.").
Some of the non-hip-hop took me a little while to get into. Adam and Adam's singing voices aren't the best, but the sincerity they put into the songs they sing on now make those some of my favorites on the album (especially Yauch's songs as well as the last track on the album, Adrock's heartbreaking confession "Instant Death.") I miss the hardcore tracks from Check Your Head and Ill Communication, but that's what Aglio E Olio was for, right?
Bottom line: The straight-out fun of the hip-hop and the musical diversity of the other songs make this a record to listen to over and over. FRESH!!
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