Paul's Boutique

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
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1989 Ratings: #3 / 140
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1989 Ratings: #4
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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.

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.

Season One: Beastie Boys
Part Two: Paul's Boutique

Another episode of @MickyT and myself going through the beastie boys discography and this time we have listened to the sophomore album from the rap trio 'Paul's Boutique'. This album sees the Beastie Boys improve on all fronts compared to their debut album "Licenced To Ill" while still sticking to the goofy, likeable and crazy style that they are all about.

One of the main improvements I noticed is that the ... read more
MickyT and Phillip present...
Season One: The Beastie Boys
Part Two: Paul's Boutique

Phillip and I are moving on with our dive through Beastie Boys discography with their sophomore album, Paul's Boutique. Personally I've been very excited to check out this album in particular, as many people that I've talked to about Beastie Boys discography have said their absolute best is Paul's Boutique and many videos I've watched about the Beastie Boys have always brought up Paul's ... read more
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.
In the late ‘80s the mainstream hype surrounding the beastie boys was dying down, it had been 3 years since the release of the critically acclaimed “License To Ill”, which went on to become one of the most sold hip-hop albums ever(11+ Million sales). People were getting sick of constantly listening to the same 5 beastie boys songs. The world needed new b boys music.

In 1989, The beastie boys teamed up with legendary producer group “The Dust Brothers” to create ... read more
This album is an ESSENTIAL hip-hop album, easily one of the best ever. the texture these instrumentals have is still incredible today, and to think that this album came out in 1989 is mind-blowing. not to mention the boys themselves, who have more chemistry on this album than a goddamn laboratory. the energy Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D have on this album is infectious.

not to say this album is flawless -- i think it starts to lose a little bit of steam at the end with Car Thief and What Comes ... 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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