Favorite Track(s): "Rhymin and Stealin" and "The New Style" and "Slow Ride" and "Girls" and "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)"
Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) So it's just Beastie Boys, not The Beastie Boys. Good to know. Can you tell I'm not very familiar with them? I think the only Beastie Boys' song I can readily recognize is "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)." Should I be embarrassed about that? Probably. I was when Adam Yuach passed away last month and I had zero context for him or his influence on music (though it was clearly substantial considering the response). I just never got on this particular classic hip-hop train. This is their debut album, and I expect great things.
(Post-Listening) Well, I was wrong. I definitely recognize/know "Girls" and "Brass Monkey." So that's THREE songs! Impressed, aren't you?
As expected, this is my kind of hip-hop. I loved how much hard/classic rock music there was--it emphasized the rhymes so well. Overall the music was very fun and memorable, but I confess over time the guys' voice got a bit grating on my ears. I probably won't return to this album any time soon, but I wasn't disappointed with it.
Is This Better Than The River?:
Not to me, but very good. I can definitely see why it's ranked so high.