Tom: The Beastie Boys are so old-school that Tony Hawks parodied them. 23 years ago.
Tom: And this sounds like seriously old-school Beastie Boys. Decent sample, tight production, and the shouting, distorted multiple-guys-rapping style that no-one’s ever done quite as well since. Technically, it’s bloody excellent.
Which makes it a bit of a shame that I don’t actually like it.
Tim: Really? I think it’s good – lot of energy to bounce along to in your chair, which is always nice.
Tom: That sample grates after a while; even if some of the distortion’s thanks to YouTube compression it’s still a bit too much for me; and when it comes down to it my brain just thinks “it’s very nice, but I do wish they’d shout a bit less”.
Perhaps I’m getting old; perhaps I’m more used to modern production; but despite this being a fantastic record I just don’t want to listen to it. I think that’s my own fault, though.
Tim: It’s not something I’d put on my usual playlist, I suppose, but I’ve certainly got no aversion to it.