Hello Nasty by Beastie Boys - Three Mcs And One Dj by wendyh661


									          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

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.


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