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To the 5 Boroughs by Beastie Boys The Beasties Never Fail The hiatus is back off, again, for the Beastie Boys, and music lovers will bob their heads with insuppressible glee. With its Nice & Smooth impersonations and shout outs to Brooklyns Albee Square Mall, To the 5 Boroughs, their first album in six years, harkens the return of the trio to the city that made them who they are today. Its an up-tempo yet surprisingly homogenous assemblage of vintage electro-style party beats, and its a strictly Beastie affair: the Boys co-wrote and produced each track themselves, which means that it sports none of the sonic fripperies and quirky collaborations that distinguished previous classics such as Pauls Boutique. Finally jelling after two years of on-again, off-again recording, To the 5 Boroughs will appeal to those fans old enough to remember the Licensed to Ill tour. Those old-schoolers are sure to appreciate the albums mostly off-the-cuff lyrics and minimal-to-the-extreme musical landscape-- even if its stripped-down sound may leave others longing for the days when the Boys were California dreamin. --Rebecca Levine The Beastie Boys came totally correct with this album. As one of the few artists who can create a whole new sound for themselves and still sound good, the Beastie Boys created another hip-hop masterpiece. The production on this album is very stripped down and unique. Its clearly inspired by old school 808 beats (which we all know the Beastie Boys love). There is no heavy sampling, no heavy bass and no punk elements as you might expect. Instead we get some really catchy , up beat productions, with a truly unique sound. The rapping is surprisingly good considering its done by almost 40 year old white guys. The three exchange verses with ease and complement the beats perfectly. MCA sounds very raspy on the album, but it actually sounds great. Mike D is as on top of his rap game as he ever was while AdRock provides his goofy banter as usual. If youre one of those people whos really more into the experimental funk/rock that was seen on Check Your Head and Ill Communication, this may not be the right Beastie Boys album for you. But if youre an all-around BBoys fan, youre bound to love this. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: To the 5 Boroughs by Beastie Boys - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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