Paul's Boutique

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1989 Ratings: #6 / 128
User Score
Based on 233 ratings
1989 Ratings: #5
July 25, 1989 / Release Date
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Capitol / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic
Lyrically, the Beasties have never been better -- not just because their jokes are razor-sharp, but because they construct full-bodied narratives and evocative portraits of characters and places.
100
Pitchfork

Paul's Boutique is a landmark in the art of sampling, a reinvention of a group that looked like it was heading for a gimmicky, early dead-end.

musicmagpie55
93
Paul's Boutique has so many delicious samples that you would think it was a Costco.

I love how many different sounds the boys sample. There is hard rock, but also the new funk and jazz elements feel inventive and welcomed. 'B-Boy Bouillabaisse' reminds me of Whack World. Beyond the short times, there is an internal cohesion while every song sounds entirely different. This album is brimming with ideas while still wonderfully curated.
Claytastic
98
Paul’s Boutique is one of the best and most influential hip hop albums of all time. It not only created multiple different rap sub genres (rock rap, funk rap) but it also created a convention of the sound of the entire genre of rap. Madvillainy, Piñata, Donuts, Endtroducing, The College Dropout, Atrocity Exhibition, Exmilitary, Some Rap Songs. Without Paul’s Boutique, none of these records would exist, and if they did, they’d be very different. It was so wildly ahead of ... read more
EMR
88
After the amazing commercial success of their debut full-lenght, the Beastie Boys decided to take away the more accessible, commercial, as they would say, elements in their music and focus on experimenting more with sound and aesthetic in their sophomore record, Paul's Boutique: a masterpiece in the genre, not only for its early experimentations with sampling and overall post-production facets, but for its amazing consistency as a hip-hop release. It was a huge commercial let-down at the time ... read more
95
Man, that production is amazing, easily one the of greatest produced hip hop album of all time. The Replay value of this album is also great. Truely the Beastie boys's greatest album.

Favorite Tracks: B-Boy Bouillaaisse, Shake your Rump, hey ladies, Johnny Ryall, The Sounds of Science, Egg Man

Worst Tracks: Ask for Janice, What comes around
exception
88
one of the better hip hop albums that the 80's had to offer. the production, while almost entirely sample based, was stellar. it had elements of rock, funk, and pop all put together into a quilt of beats that perfectly suited the beastie boys upbeat and energetic style of rapping. the lyrics didnt impress me all too much, but there were definitely moments where i went back to listen again, specifically on the tracks that told a story. personally, i would not say that this is one of the best ... read more
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Track List

  1. To All The Girls 
  2. Shake Your Rump 
  3. Johnny Ryall 
  4. Egg Man 
  5. High Plains Drifter 
  6. The Sounds Of Science 
  7. 3-Minute Rule 
  8. Hey Ladies 
  9. 5-Piece Chicken Dinner 
  10. Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun 
  11. Car Thief 
  12. What Comes Around 
  13. Shadrach 
  14. Ask For Janice
  15. B-Boy Bouillabaisse
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