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To the 5 Boroughs
     

To the 5 Boroughs

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by Beastie Boys
 

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The Beastie Boys have never shied away from acting as goodwill ambassadors for their home city, but they've really outdone themselves on To the 5 Boroughs, an unreconstructed love letter to the Big Apple. That devotion is most clear on the post-9/11 ode "An Open Letter to NYC," which sets a laundry list of the city's attributes -- with a typical onslaught of

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The Beastie Boys have never shied away from acting as goodwill ambassadors for their home city, but they've really outdone themselves on To the 5 Boroughs, an unreconstructed love letter to the Big Apple. That devotion is most clear on the post-9/11 ode "An Open Letter to NYC," which sets a laundry list of the city's attributes -- with a typical onslaught of inside references to delight fellow Gotham dwellers -- against a backdrop that's at once airy and fierce, thanks to clever deployment of a sample from the Dead Boys' "Sonic Reducer." The entire disc, however, is chock-a-block with asides and digressions that make up a travelogue as dizzyingly detailed as, say, the cover of Paul's Boutique. Even so, the self-produced To the 5 Boroughs is something of a back-to-basics offering, in many ways. The Boys kick it extremely old school on "Triple Trouble," which borrows a snatch of the "Rapper's Delight" beat for a street-corner rhyme session that could've appeared on Check Your Head, but they get decidedly futuristic on tracks like "3 the Hard Way," which suspends some clever pre-gangsta braggadocio in bass-heavy surroundings that envelop the listener with a decidedly underwater feel. "Oh Word?" has a similarly spacey ambience, with bleeping synths and ping-ponging drumbeats (not to mention distorted vocals and some of the goofier expletive replacements in recent memory -- "what the falafel," anyone?). Many of the disc's cuts nicely reconcile the smash-mouth beats of the Beasties' formative years with the consciousness-raising rhymes of recent years. "Right Right Now Now," for instance, laces a wickedly infectious turntable/clavinet backing with lines such as "I'm getting kinda tired of the situation / The U.S. attacking other nations," while "It Takes Time to Build," a dub-wise beckoner, makes quick work of ugly environmental policies. All three Beasties are in fine form throughout, making 5 Boroughs the group's most consistent -- and consistently enjoyable -- disc in ages.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - David Fricke
Two decades after turning from hardcore punk to homeboy jollies, the Beasties are still the best rap band in the biz -- three voices swinging like a jazz trio, racing like Bad Brains.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724358457100
catalogNumber:
84571

Tracks

  1. Ch-Check It Out
  2. Right Right Now Now
  3. 3 the Hard Way
  4. Time to Build
  5. Rhyme the Rhyme Well
  6. Triple Trouble
  7. Hey F**k You
  8. Oh Word?
  9. That's It That's All
  10. All Life Styles
  11. Shazam!
  12. An Open Letter to NYC
  13. Crawlspace
  14. The Brouhaha
  15. We Got The

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To the 5 Boroughs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the beastie boys have done it again!! Ch-Check It Out is my favorite song. I liked their willingness to denounce everyone's favorite president. I highly recomend buying this, even if you are a rock fanatic like me
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great again! As usual with the Beastie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
-refreshing clean electric sound -rhymes that make you smile and think -beats that make you move
TwilightSagaDestroysLives More than 1 year ago
amazing from the very begining to the very end if you like the beastie boys please check out twiztid icp boondox and dark lotus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best Beastie Boys cd scince Some Old BS. A great cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Beastie Boys put no effort into this. It sucks so much that i laugh at it every time i hear it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Luckily they went back to the old school and stopped playing there own instruments in every song. Overall the album rocks but there is a downside Several of the songs on the album amount to nothing more than blantant political statement. It is obvious they do not like Bush , republicans or SUV's. I did not buy a rap album to listen to such rantings. If I want political commentary I will watch CNN!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn-Bronx-Queens and Staten from the Battery to the top of Manhattan ---BEASTIE BOYS MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is going to be a hit! I am glad they are back and with all the cool hip hop beats they got, this is definately a cd you have to get.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is okay. Not all that bad, yet not all that good either. The first four songs are great and number seven is pretty good too, but after that, numbers five, six, eight, etc. they start lacking. They start to get corny after the first four songs. All in all, this album isn't that big of a disappointment, but believe me, it is a disappointment though. One would have thought it would have been better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Beasties album yet, and that is saying A LOT!!! There are no bad songs on this album. None of the instrumentals or skits or anything, just straight up old school Beastie's raps and rhymes. Strongly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this CD rox!! Yup. If you liked the old Beastie Boys CD's then you'll like this one for sure. Go pick it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only music I like is Rock N' Roll. Alternative, Punk, or Metal. I have always hated "R"etards "A"ttempting "P"oetry. This CD is the exeption. I have to admit, I like this rap, god help me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG i luv this cd so much i just got into them when i herd that ch check it out song on mtv and ive luved them eva since THIS CD IS THA SHYT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say, this album was corny. This retro-sounding collection of songs sound like they were written 15 years ago. And why does every "hit" sound like a "body movin" clone? While they're now more preoccupied with saving the world one Tibet at a time, they seem to have forgotten how to make an album that speaks to people. This album was obivously made for people in NYC, with more exclusive NYC refrences than you can shake a stick at, leaving the average non NYC person feeling alienated. They're still using the word wacked. C'mon, nobody says that anymore. It does however, sum up this album. Pauls Boutique is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was majorly dissapointed in this cd. First of all, most of the tracks contain political statements, which I don't care to hear, and will be irrelevant in a few years anyways. I might have been able to get beyond this had any of the songs had any catchy tunes or clever lyrics in them. It sounds as though they tried to go for an old school feel on this album, but the result is all the worst and annoying habits of the band being magnified times ten. This album is packed with the things that people who dislike the Beastie Boys complain about. Screechy voices, bad lyrics, few musical samples or catchy tunes. This album will be horribly dated in no time thanks to all the political messages.