After hearing this album for the first time I was shocked. I used to like the beastie boys in my not so distant youth, their rude boy lyrics and white-punk rap-rock style; I thought that was what music was all about, the "look at me!", "the big I am!".
However, I discovered that music is about music, the love of music and the Beastie Boys, it seems, have grown up too!
This album is not another celebration of how loud they can shout or in-your-face they can be, this is pure musical talent - genius even. This is beautiful beats with wah-wah guitar, this is funk, it's jazz, this is 'Groove Holmes' - but most of all: this is art!
If you enjoy LISTENING to music more than you enjoy playing it, or have any kind of musical taste buds whatsoever then you will love this album. Ahh the bliss, all those lovely instromental vibes crammed on to one cd - and not a 4/4 beat on the entire album!
This album is sheer joy - but don't take my word for it, go out and buy it! If you don't like it then you probably will in a few years time when you chill out. :-P