|Preconceptions: I’m a big Beastie Boys fan. I have Beastie Boys tattoo. So, I’ve been waiting for this record. I’ve got a good feeling about it, unlike their last two records, where I found it hard to get very excited at all for some reason.
After Listening: I’m prepared to say after just one listen that this is definitely their best release since Ill Communication. I like it a lot. It sounds a little like digital sonic warfare. It’s got a harder edge than perhaps any other Beasties record. At the very least you have to be impressed that they still can deliver at a high level. Honestly, there is a lot of interesting stuff going on with this record, so I feel like I can get a lot more listens out of it. This is looking to be my summer soundtrack. I’m already listening to it again while I write this review. Welcome back Boys.
Favorites: Too Many Rappers (Can’t resist the NaSiness of it, and it has some badass production going on), Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (I dig the dub thing and Santigold brings a lot of good things here), Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament (great name for a song, and a solid track)
Least: Long Burn the Fire, Funky Donkey
Overall: 4.3 stars