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Hello Nasty by Beastie Boys Three Mcs And One Dj! On their previous album, Ill Communication, the Beastie Boys expan ded 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 groups music isnt nearly as organic. Theyve all but abandoned the guitars and returned to the kind of old-school beats and rhythms that defined their groundbreaking 1989 disc, Pauls Boutique. But Hello Nasty isnt a regression, and its anything but a cop-out: in addition to resurrecting the best elements from their past, the Beastie Boys h ave 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 youre left with one of the most creative and jubilant hip-hop records to date, even if you exclude witty lyrics like, Im 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, Pauls Boutique may have been the bands Pet Sounds, but Hello Nasty is the Beasties Sgt. Peppers. --Jon Wiederhorn Hello Nasty, the Beastie Boys fifth album, is a head-spinning listen loaded with analog synthesizers, old drum machines, call-and-response vocals, freestyle rhyming, futuristic sound effects, and virtuoso turntable scratching. The Beasties have long been notorious for their dense, multi- layered explosions, but Hello Nasty is their first record to build on the multi - ethnic junk culture breakthrough of Check Your Head, instead of merely replicating it. Moving from electro-funk breakdowns to Latin-soul jams to spacey pop, Hello Nasty covers as much ground as Check Your Head or Ill Communication, but the flow is natural, like Pauls Boutique, even if the finish is retro-stylized. Hiring DJ Mixmaster Mike (one of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz) turned out to be a masterstroke; he and the Beasties created a sound that strongly recalls the spare electronic funk of the early 80s, but spiked with the samples and post-modern absurdist wit that have become their trademarks. On the surface, the sonic collages of Hello Nasty dont appear as dense as Pauls Boutique, nor is there a single as grabbing as Sabotage, but given time, little details emerge, and each song forms its own identity. A few stray from the course, and the ending is a little anticlimactic, but that doesnt erase the riches of Hello Nasty - the old-school kick of Super Disco Breakin and The Move; Adam Yauchs crooning on I Dont Know; Lee Scratch Perrys cameo; and the recurring video game samples, to name just a few. The sonic adventures alone make the album noteworthy, but what makes it remarkable is how it looks to the future by looking to the past. Theres no question that Hello Nasty is saturated in old-school sounds and styles, but by reviving the future-shock rock of the early 80s, the Beasties have shrewdly set themselves up for the new millennium. -Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Allmusic.com Well, thats almost correct, every song on here rules, and Anti-climatic ending? Bull_____. Still though, even though Allmusic.com isnt a reliable source (it sucks), I thought this was almost on the mark. Life is weird. 10/10 For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Hello Nasty by Beastie Boys - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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