Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee part 2 album review

I am a complete Beastie Boys virgin. I have lived on this globally warmed up earth for 21 years without ever listening to any of the Beastie Boys albums. I know, I know. Let’s not all throw rocks at the computer screen in outrage. For all of you hardcore Beastie Boys fans, this will feel a lot like homeless person’s take on luxury hotel rooms or a Playboy bunny’s impressions of rocket science. For me on the other hand, this was like getting into an elevator with a neighbor I desperately avoided, striking up a nice conversation with them.

The 16 song album from the rock pop electronic veteran band is a big ass deal. Their fans went through a Brazilian soap opera with the Hot Sauce Committee albums. Part 1 was postponed indefinitely due to MCA’s cancer diagnosis. But, in an unexpected turn of events Part 2 came out on time and consists of the same track line up as what was originally planned for Part 1.

“Hot Sauce Committee” is optimistic, energetic, and charmingly outrageous. The collaboration with Nas on the track “Too Many Rappers” is pleasantly surprising. From the strong intro to the crisp drums, the track will keep you on your toes. Some people have been pointing to the lyrics as the weakest aspect of this album, but a memorable line from this track is “Grandpa been rappin’ since 83,” poking fun at the band’s age. There is no arguing that there are some weaker tracks on the album. Inevitably, some tracks will become the sing alongs and some will be background music. The album won’t let you down though. The music is as colorful as the cover, with distorted synthesizers, bass that will make your car hop, and the blending of all kinds of sounds.

I’d like to shine the spotlight on the single and the first track on the album “Make Some Noise.” To sit through this track without bobbing your head to it could be an X factor challenge. The word “single” does not cut it. After reading about other people’s reactions to this track, I will now refer to this as single supreme. It’s a hit! The most salient aspect of the track is the energy. Muffled vocals, catchy beats, lyrical one liners. Now, mix it all up and we have a single supreme. I think listening to this track will definitely psych up anyone for the full album.

This album firmly solidifies them as legends and reminds us of everything we loved about the 90s. The Beastie Boys are still calling you to the “Fight for your right” and, “Make some noise” while you’re at it.

By Ecaterina

Oh hello! My name is Ecaterina. Currently, I’m enjoying the broke, post-university life in Calgary. I collect Polaroid cameras and I can teach you how to dougie. I aspire to befriend pigeons flying by my balcony. But most importantly, I live by a quote written by Hunter S. Thomspon, “Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives... and to the "good life", whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”

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