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Hello Nasty
Hello Nasty
Price: £12.50

0 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BEASTIE BOYS IN AVERAGE ALBUM SHOCK!, 6 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Hello Nasty (Audio CD)
Yes you better believe it, the last 'proper' release by the Beasties is a very average affair. From the opening 'Super Disco Breaking' there are no surprises among the 22 tracks on this cd. The Beasties always used to suprise the listener on the varied styles of music on their cds but this just seems to be an average collection of standard hip hop tracks. 'Remote Control' and the single 'Intergalactic' are instantly forgettable, something normally unheard of from the Brooklyn Trio. Not to say that this is a bad album, if this was released by anyone else it would be mighty fine but you expect a lot more from the Beasties. On the plus side it has the fantastic '3 MCs and 1 DJ' and 'Putting Shame In Your Game' memorable for the amazing line 'I'm the King of Boggle, there is none higher, I get eleven points off the word Quagmire' Maybe the albums main let down is the absence of any of the thrash metal tracks that appeared on 'Ill Communication' a sign of the Guy's growing maturity prehaps. The Beasites are long overdue a new cd, we haven't heard much since 1999's 'Sounds of Science' compilation. Let's hope it's a return to form and that 'Hello Nasty' is just a small blimp in an otherwise fine career.
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Licensed To Ill
Licensed To Ill
Price: £3.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LICENCED TO THRILL, 5 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Licensed To Ill (Audio CD)
It's hard to believe it was 16 years ago that 'Licenced To Ill' first burst onto the scenes and soon the Beastie Boys were in every paper in the country and there were even calls to ban them from coming to Britain on their first tour with Run DMC. These scenes were to be repeated 15 year later with Eminem but i doubt that he will have the longevity of the Beasties. From the opening 'Rhymin and Stealin' the menu is set for Rock/Hip Hop and corrupting every young mind in the world. Yes this albums include the now legendary 'Fight For Your Right' and 'No Sleep Til Brooklyn' but the story doesn't stop there. 'She's Crafty' is of equal brilliance and one of the great 'I can't believe they didn't releast that' songs of all time. But rocking down with air guitars isn't the full story, the album is peppered with fab hip hop tracks such as 'Brass Monkey', 'Posse In Effect' and 'Paul Revere'. Even after all this time the songs haven't dated that much and are still influencing the music of today. Yes the Beasties may have calmed down over the years but it's alway nice to take a trip back to the 'Good Ole Days' when they shook the world and taught it how to party! Incidently as a closing fact, did you know that the Beastie Boys acheived fame when they were the support act to a certain young lady called Madonna? Well now you know you call all rest easiet at nights!

Check Your Head
Check Your Head
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Price: £4.98

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE KINGS OF COOL, 5 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Check Your Head (Audio CD)
Released back in 1992 this was the Beasties third album proper and showed a slight change in direction for the Brooklyn Trio. From the opening 'Jimmy James' this album just screams of coolness and like all their albums has stood the test of time remarkably well. Funk filled tracks such as 'Funky Boss' and 'In 3's' showed a more mature change of direction from their beer swilling, naked go go dancer days of the 80's. There's also the fantastic 'Time for livin' a storming thrash punk track, they would repeat this formula both on the 'Ill Communication' and 'Aglio E Olio' EP. But by far the standout track of this album is the amazing 'Gratitude' with the most amazing fuzz bass ever. The Beasties are always considered as the most cool and well respected bands around at the moment, in fact it's them them along with Run DMC who are considered as the main influence of the 'Nu Metal' mixture of Rock and Hip-Hop. This cd is an absolute MUST for any respectible record collection and will increase your coolness by at least a million!

Aglio E Olio [12" VINYL]
Aglio E Olio [12" VINYL]

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOCK ROCKIN BEATS, 2 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Aglio E Olio [12" VINYL] (Vinyl)
Released a year or so after their amazing Ill Communication album Aglio E Olio sees the Kings of Hip Hop return for a nostalgic trip back to the early eighties when they were a hardcore punk band. Punk you say? Well yes of course, the clues were there in their breakthrough Licenced to Ill album. Aglio E Olio is a blink-it-and-miss 11 mins long which considering it has 8 tracks on it is quite amazing. Listening to it is similar to having someone come up to you, scream in your face and leave you before you know what's happened. Nervous Assistant barely breaks 40 seconds and even the closing I Want Some is only 2 minutes long but there is so much energy contained in these songs it's hard not to be blown away by the brilliance of this EP. The Beasties have always had a loyal 'Metal' following as well as the Hip Hop B-boys but I can't see this appealing to the latter. Any Hip Hop Beastie fans who haven't heard their other side should invest in this and be prepared to be amazed of how diverse and brilliant this Brooklyn Trio actually is!

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