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#215: License to Ill by Beastie Boys

6.11.2012

License to Ill by Beastie Boys (1986)

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.

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