Hello Nasty

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Barnes & Noble - Martin Johnson
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Martin Johnson
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/1998
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724383771622
  • Catalog Number: 37716
  • Sales rank: 37,155

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Super Disco Breakin' (2:07)
  2. 2 The Move (3:35)
  3. 3 Remote Control (2:58)
  4. 4 Song for the Man (3:13)
  5. 5 Just a Test (2:12)
  6. 6 Body Movin' (3:03)
  7. 7 Intergalactic (3:51)
  8. 8 Sneakin' out the Hospital (2:45)
  9. 9 Putting Shame in Your Game (3:37)
  10. 10 Flowin' Prose (2:39)
  11. 11 And Me (2:52)
  12. 12 Three MC's and One DJ (2:50)
  13. 13 The Grasshopper Unit (Keep Movin') (3:01)
  14. 14 Song for Junior (3:49)
  15. 15 I Don't Know (3:00)
  16. 16 The Negotiation Limerick File (2:46)
  17. 17 Electrify (2:22)
  18. 18 Picture This (2:25)
  19. 19 Unite (3:31)
  20. 20 Dedication (2:32)
  21. 21 Dr. Lee, PhD (4:50)
  22. 22 Instant Death (3:22)
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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
Lord 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
Les Baxter Contributor
Barbara Lynn Contributor
The Jazz Crusaders Contributor
Los Ángeles Negros Contributor
Mario Caldato Jr. Producer, Engineer
Suzanne Dyer Engineer
Run-D.M.C. Contributor
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Nine Contributor
Pat Shannahan Contributor, Sample Clearance
Leopold Stokowski Contributor
Andy VanDette Mastering
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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  • Posted May 27, 2011

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    amazing album by the beastie boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    awesome album by the beastie boys

    awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THis Cd is asesome

    This cd is more than worth buying, you have got to get this CD!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    A great Beastie Boys hit. A different sound then other albums, but still amazing. It's a must.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ALL THAT!!!!!

    AWESOME TRACK! BUY IT! INTERGALACTIC IS KICKIN'. IF U DON'T LIKE IT U DON'T DESERVE TO LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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