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Strictly Albums Of The Year: Hot Sauce Committee Pt.II

Released 3rd May 2011 on Capitol

Chart Performance: The Beastie Boys charted across the world just sneaking into the top ten in the UK (no.9) and just missing out on the top spot in the US (no.2).

What The Critics Said: “With a push from Nas and a whoosh from Santigold and new life from their chorusing kids, the beats spritz and submarine in signature Beasties style as the rhymes claim contexts high-living and low-life.” Robert Christgau

With their first lyrical album since 2004′s To The 5 Boroughs hip hop legends the Beastie Boys returned in May this year with their album Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. What happened to Part 1 I hear you say? Well, after band member Adam Yauch was diagnosed with Cancer the first instalment was delayed indefinitely. Since then however it has been revealed that the songs that feature on Part 2 were originally the songs for part 1 but were still titled as the second instalment. Confused? I know I am. But hey, who cares? At least we got new Beasties material.

From the very beginning I knew it was going to be a good album. Album opener and debut single ‘Make Some Noise’ is reminiscent of their 80′s material both lyrically and instrumentally. The song is uber catchy whilst the video for the song pays homage to their classic hit ‘Fight For Your Right’ with some famous faces appearing in the video. All the way through the album you feel like you are listening to a Beastie Boys classic. It’s just so varied and interesting, songs like ‘OK’, ‘Nonstop Disco Powerpack’ and ‘here’s a little something for ya’ are retro sounding and will be popular with fans of their early material whilst ‘Tadlocks Glasses’ and ‘Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament’ offer a side of the band we have never really heard before. Guest performances on the album include Nas who teams up with the group on ‘Too Many Rappers’, a stab at the current state of hip hop. While ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’, which features Santigold, is a reggae injected feast with the episodic video for the song becoming a classic. If that isn’t enough for you, check out the filthy electronic beats of ‘Say It’ or ‘Long burn the fire’. This album literally has everything.  My personal favourite track from the album is ‘Lee Majors Come Again’, I just love the mix of musical styles. It’s equal parts punk and hip hop, a mix of my favourite musical genres which strongly recalls their first album Poly Wog Stew.

As a whole it’s hard to sum the record up simply. It’s a very complex record, fantastically deep in musical styles, with top notch mixing. Its easy to tell that it is a Beastie record but the band are no one trick pony, this is a fresh and exciting album which only gets better the more you listen to it. It was definitely worth the wait and whether it’s part 1, 3 or 17 I can’t wait for the next instalment. Lewis Lowe



Author: david

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