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Hello Nasty
     

Hello Nasty

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by Beastie Boys
 

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On their fifth recording, and their first in four years, the Beastie Boys get back to an old-school hip-hop vibe without repudiating the vast array of styles they've already Beastie-ized. Thus Hello Nasty is a rarity, where old-school style sounds neither antiquated nor kitschy; instead, it is downright au courant, due to the wide range of styles covered. The

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On their fifth recording, and their first in four years, the Beastie Boys get back to an old-school hip-hop vibe without repudiating the vast array of styles they've already Beastie-ized. Thus Hello Nasty is a rarity, where old-school style sounds neither antiquated nor kitschy; instead, it is downright au courant, due to the wide range of styles covered. The sweet, acoustic "Picture This" features slightly dreamy vocals by Brooke Williams, while MCA's take on singer/songwriterdom, "I Don't Know," is highlighted by Miho Hatori's vocals and Jane Scarpantoni's cello. "And Me" sounds almost trippy, and the boys jump into their jazz-funk mode on "Song for Junior." Still, all this diversity can't detract from the raucous party vibe of "Super Disco Breakin'," "Intergallactic," and "Body Movin" (which in true Beastie style name checks the delicious French wine Chateauneuf du Pape). If you were in any doubt, Hello Nasty is a reminder that a Beasties party will still check your head.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hello Nasty, the Beastie Boys' fifth album, is a head-spinning listen loaded with analog synthesizers, old drum machines, call-and-response vocals, freestyle rhyming, futuristic sound effects, and virtuoso turntable scratching. The Beasties have long been notorious for their dense, multi-layered explosions, but Hello Nasty is their first record to build on the multi-ethnic junk culture breakthrough of Check Your Head, instead of merely replicating it. Moving from electro-funk breakdowns to Latin-soul jams to spacy pop, Hello Nasty covers as much ground as Check Your Head or Ill Communication, but the flow is natural, like Paul's Boutique, even if the finish is retro-stylized. Hiring DJ Mixmaster Mike (one of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz) turned out to be a masterstroke; he and the Beasties created a sound that strongly recalls the spare electronic funk of the early '80s, but spiked with the samples and post-modern absurdist wit that have become their trademarks. On the surface, the sonic collages of Hello Nasty don't appear as dense as Paul's Boutique, nor is there a single as grabbing as "Sabotage," but given time, little details emerge, and each song forms its own identity. A few stray from the course, and the ending is a little anticlimactic, but that doesn't erase the riches of Hello Nasty -- the old-school kick of "Super Disco Breakin'" and "The Move"; Adam Yauch's crooning on "I Don't Know"; Lee "Scratch" Perry's cameo; and the recurring video game samples, to name just a few. The sonic adventures alone make the album noteworthy, but what makes it remarkable is how it looks to the future by looking to the past. There's no question that Hello Nasty is saturated in old-school sounds and styles, but by reviving the future-shock rock of the early '80s, the Beasties have shrewdly set themselves up for the new millennium.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724383771622
catalogNumber:
37716
Rank:
33977

Tracks

  1. Super Disco Breakin'
  2. The Move
  3. Remote Control
  4. Song for the Man
  5. Just a Test
  6. Body Movin'
  7. Intergalactic
  8. Sneakin' out the Hospital
  9. Putting Shame in Your Game
  10. Flowin' Prose
  11. And Me
  12. Three MC's and One DJ
  13. The Grasshopper Unit (Keep Movin')
  14. Song for Junior
  15. I Don't Know
  16. The Negotiation Limerick File
  17. Electrify
  18. Picture This
  19. Unite
  20. Dedication
  21. Dr. Lee, PhD
  22. Instant Death

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beastie Boys   Primary Artist
Steve Slagle   Flute
Biz Markie   Voices
Eric Bobo   Percussion
Money Mark   Keyboards
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Vocals
Paul Vercesi   Alto Saxophone
Mix Master Mike   DJ
Joe Locke   Vibes
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Jill Cunniff   Vocals
Miho Hatori   Vocals
Sear   Human Beatbox
Brooke Williams   Vocals
Richard Siegler   Percussion
Bobbito   Voices
Nelson Keane Carse   Trombone
Duduka   Percussion
Brian G. Wright   Violin,Viola

Technical Credits

Beastie Boys   Producer
Johnny Osbourne   Sample Source
Baxter   Contributor
Barbara Lynn   Contributor
Jazz Crusaders   Contributor
Ángeles Negros   Contributor
Mario Caldato   Producer,Engineer
Suzanne Dyer   Engineer
Run-D.M.C.   Contributor
Nine   Contributor
Pat Shannahan   Sample Clearance
Leopold Stokowski   Contributor
Cey Adams   Art Direction
Steve Revitte   Engineer
Dean Jones & Company   Contributor
Robert Perlman   beats
Alex Bradford & Company   Contributor
Ed Durlacher   Contributor
Pair Extroidinaire   Contributor

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Hello Nasty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SMeyerIsAWhore More than 1 year ago
amazing album by the beastie boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
AWESOME TRACK! BUY IT! INTERGALACTIC IS KICKIN'. IF U DON'T LIKE IT U DON'T DESERVE TO LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great Beastie Boys hit. A different sound then other albums, but still amazing. It's a must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is more than worth buying, you have got to get this CD!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago