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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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"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.
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.Read more ›
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!!
Most recent customer reviews
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
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
After the stunning trifecta of "Paul's Boutique", "Check Your Head", and "Ill Communication", the Beastie Boys released "Hello Nasty", which... Read morePublished on March 18 2003 by D. Levy
this was my first beastie boys album and i loved it so much that i bought all their others. After listening to Paul's Boutique and Check your Head i have to say that Hello Nasty is... Read morePublished on March 11 2003
This cd is so good. I love Beastie Boys style of rap mixed with sweet tunes. Intergalactic, Remote Control, and Body Movin' are the sweetest tracks. Read morePublished on March 7 2003