Beastie Boys - The Mix Up

2007-07-25 10:25
 
Wait for it! A wah-wah pedal and about a dozen lightweight psychedelic jazz-funk instrumentals that sound like the sort of thing the Beastie Boys might have dug up on a gnarly, warped 45 inch for a sample back in their Paul's Boutique days. Problem is the boys just aren’t as fly at imitating as they are at cutting ’n pasting so what you get is basically the Beasts recast as a cheesy covers band complete with low-key vamps, Fender Rhodes organ, 4/4 snares, congas, vintage distortion and a metered shuffle.

On the bright side it is going to be pretty rad watching Granny get down to the conga mojo of “The Melee”, the pseudo-psychedelica of “14th St. Break” and the hand claps and stoner fuzak drones of “The Kangaroo Rat” and “Off the Grid”.

- Miles Keylock


Finally, the album Jewish grannies the world-over have been waiting for: a Beastie record that you can actually play at a Bar Mitzvah. Yes, boys and girls gone are the days of grizzled wisecracks, funhouse samples, exaggerated b-boy beer-soaked hedonism and frat-boy parodies. What's in their place?


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