Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 Image
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83

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  • Band members: Mike D, MCA
  • Summary: The Brooklyn-based hip-hop legends return with their eighth studio album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. 100
    The Beasties' irreverence is what made them stand out in the first place; that their willful chaos continues to charm and mutate so many years on is the big surprise.
  2. May 4, 2011
    90
    All this hurly-burly camouflages the essential truth of The Hot Sauce Committee: that the Beasties could sit on an album for two years to no ill effect to their reputation or the record's quality.
  3. May 27, 2011
    85
    While this album definitely has its FFWD moments, the Beasties' lighthearted approach still manages to hand the smack down to crab rappers and school the bratty new kids on the block in one fell swoop.
  4. May 2, 2011
    80
    We get the sound of master musicians in their comfort zone, doing everything their own way. Nobody would want to hear the Beasties try anything else.
  5. May 3, 2011
    80
    The Beasties feel permanently young again having crafted an album that is just as consistent, unhinged and enjoyable as Check Your Head.
  6. Apr 29, 2011
    75
    The Beasties fling boasts and nonsense with verve: MCA's raspy brio, Mike D's fine whine, Ad-Rock's comical incisiveness. All heritage acts should age with this much humor.
  7. 40
    Sadly, this is about as deep as their politics go on Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, the more articulate sentiments of To the 5 Boroughs having been largely abandoned in favour of fairly standard bring-the-noise, boast'n'diss hip-hop pablum.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. May 8, 2011
    10
    wow. everything about this album is great. its up there with licence to ill, if not better.......................................................................................................................... Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2011
    10
    another great album from my all time favorite group!!!!!!!! Old school sound with modern hip-hop. The Beasties still have it. Totally white boy rap with all the hip-hop sounds. They just keep getting better with age. Expand
  3. May 5, 2011
    10
    the wait is finally over and the beasties do not disappoint with hot sauce committee part two. some great tracks. the boys sound as good as ever. . .
  4. May 6, 2011
    9
    Another album which keeps the listener on its toes with something interesting coming round the corner. Hip Hop at its consistent best, if this is the result of a disrupted work imagine the next treat they dish up. Expand
  5. Dec 30, 2011
    9
    After years of understandable delays, it seemed that the highly anticipated album would never escape development hell. Nevertheless, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two was well worth the wait, and although the production values and mixing may be noticeably flawed at times, it is one of their best albums released and one of the best hip-hop records I've had the pleasure of listening to in years, and an optimistic sign of what is yet to come from their fabled Part One entry. Long live the Beastie Boys! Expand
  6. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    9
    They don't make these albums like they used to anymore. Close to a classic Hip-hop album. This is their best work in years. It ranks up there with Hello Nasty and quite a bit better than To the 5 Boroughs. The album sounds old school, but fresh at the same time. Expand
  7. May 25, 2011
    1
    Hard to listen to. The lyrics are amateurish and seem unfinished and this weakness is disguised with lots of vocal effects. Impossible to listen to this CD all the way through. "We come together like peanut butter and sandwiches", "I cuss, and grab my nuts", and "Suckers sniffing on socks, chewing on rocks" are as good as the lyrics get. The jokes aren't funny and the music is not on the level it should be. The only listenable song is the Make Some Noise single, and even that is not very good. (See the review by the Badger Herald which is suspiciously absent from the Metacrtic ranking.) Expand

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