Beastie Boys / Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is the eighth studio album by the Beastie Boys, released in 2011.

The album was originally planned for release on September 15, 2009 under the title Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1, as the first installment of a two-part set. However, the album was delayed after band member Adam “MCA” Yauch was diagnosed with cancer.[3] After a two-year delay, only one album has been released and it is not clear if the plan for a two-part album has been abandoned.

The Analysis:

Make Some Noise—-Right out of the gate, the old school sound of the Boys is intact. The trade-off vocal rhymes have not lost the charm…even after all of these years. the samples are so deep, you would be hard pressed to actually identify any of them. The content is still juvenile and you step back into the late 80’s with no problem. Charming!!!

Nonstop Disco Powerpack—-Seemingly combining early sounds that made the band huge with the more experimental jazzy sounds that the Boys later explored crash together to create a huge wave of sound that allows me to relive some of the best years of my life. The rhymes are incoherent and as cheesy as ever, the tones have never changed and the experimental muted sound of the track keeps everything from becoming a bit too boring!!!

OK—-This has a nice level of silliness to it…what beastie song doesn’t? when the ‘chorus’ comes in, you are swept up in the slight vocoder energy of the whole damn thing. The Boys sound like they have never been gone or left the ‘scene’…despite the electro feel of the song, this is still fresh as anything they have released in the previous 10 years!

Too Many Rappers [New Revolutionaries Version featuring Nas]—-This builds and the anticipation prior to a rocket liftoff. The song ebbs and flows magically while the boys trade not only versus but words and short phrases. This is deep in sound….even sounding a bit muted….Nas sounds like he has come home and found a new crew. There is humor and static…but still comes across as brand new!!!

Say It—-Adding in a nice bit of actual live guitar and a generous helping of feedback, the boys go back in time to earlier recordings when they relied on much more of a musical base than just samples and cuts and splices. This is nice….the sound is deep …the very little sounds you have to strain to listen to…but the listen is worth it….for me, one of the better releases on this CD.

The Bill Harper Collection—-Silly but typical interlude…hilarious!!!

Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win [featuring Santagold]—-Now, this is what I needed to hear!!! This has a deeper sound to it…Santagold adds a flavor to the song like only she can do…this is fantastic!!! This is still a bit distorted at times, but the song magically flows between clarity and distortion like magic…and becomes one of the most accessible tracks this trio has recorded in years. simply fantastic!!!!

Long Burn The Fire—-Beginning with some nice funky organ and a deep bass beat that runs underneath it, the sound these guys manage to produce is incredible. Yauch delivers a vocal that sounds a bit hoarse and rough…making you wonder if he is ready for all of this already. The music is pristine…the energy is top-notch, but the vocals are a bit flat.

Funky Donkey—-This is interesting to me…beginning with a slight Middle Eastern sound and some references that allow you to believe the intent was clear. The trade-off of the vocals are as masterful as the very first record…wonder how they decide who takes what phrase? This is funny, humorous and bordering on hysterical!

The Larry Routine—-A small and short interlude, this is bass heavy and classic in sound…I could do with an entire CD of this type of stuff!!!!

Tadlock’s Glasses—-Rumored to be the original title of this record, this is more sample heavy classic Beastie’s. the atmosphere on the song is so experimental and jammy…making you wonder what these guys are smoking. this is ok, but a bit to out there even for me. This is largely inaccessible….

Lee Majors Come Again—-Not does this remind me of something that belongs on the band’s Greatest Hits CD, this is innovative and fresh as hell. the energy that is parlayed on this is just incredible…making me want to jump up and down and act a fool. There are nice levels of both live instruments and sampoles….a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm that leaks out of my headphones….fantastic!!!!

Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament—-Right away, I am drawn to the funky bass beat of the song and the slight references to past electro sounds of day past. This has a groove that I have not heard from this trio in quite sometime and it draws me in and makes me smile. This is the best of the Beasties and Moby combined….incredible light and refreshing!!!

Here’s A Little Something For Ya—-Old School at it’s finest, right from the onset. The trade-off vocals remind you of the glory days…despite the fact that Yauch still sounds a bit tired and worn. This is still magnificent…the beats are old….yet fresh. The attitude is 1990 and the energy is all 2011!!!!

Crazy Ass Shit—-This is another fantastic track…with a little child chorus and a huge pulsating beat, you are smiling right from the onset. this is a bit more distorted as well…perhaps to drown out the wear and tear that has been taken on Yauch’s voice. None the less, the others take up the slack and deliver a classic Beastie track!!!

The Lisa Lisa/Full Force Routine—-Nonsensical and giving a nice nod to days gone by. this is fun but just filler. Still not a waste!!!

**** out of 5


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