Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 42 Critics

Critic 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. With a push from Nas and a whoosh from Santigold and new life from their chorusing kids, the beats spritz and submarine in signature Beasties style as the rhymes claim contexts high-living and low-life.
  3. May 4, 2011
    91
    This is the music Beastie Boys love whether it's trendy or not. Three decades in, they continue to school the kids.
  4. 91
    Hot Sauce is a lot like Daniel Craig's ├╝bercool James Bond - another stripped-down return to a franchise's best virtues after a decade or so of wandering the desert. It took a little time, but the Boys are back with a license to ill.
  5. May 6, 2011
    90
    To anyone who's felt like they've been along to share even a little bit of that journey, it's an album-of-the-year contender that's bound to do nothing but delight.
  6. 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.
  7. A welcome addition to the Beastie canon, and if it gets them back out on the road, it'll be an absolutely precious one.
  8. May 2, 2011
    90
    Good stuff, Beastie Boys. Shall we check back in three to five years, then?
  9. 88
    Thirty-some years in, the Beasties are as sharp, hilarious, funky, and escapist as they've ever been.
  10. May 27, 2011
    86
    With its techno-shock, hardcore buzz and jive-stepping live funk, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is the strongest work the Beasties have put out in over a decade and comes close to replicating the dizzy highs of 1994's Ill Communication.
  11. 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.
  12. Jun 1, 2011
    80
    Their days of wild experimentation seem to be over, but on Hot Sauce Committee (and the fine tracks they left off, some of which have been made available online), they demonstrate that there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore within that style.
  13. May 31, 2011
    80
    Mixed by Philippe Zdar of Cassius fame, the whole record feels bright, poppy and fresh. [Jun 2011, p.105]
  14. May 24, 2011
    80
    They've recaptured the brash cheek of their best work on Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, which the trio has elected to release before the "delayed indefinitely" Part One.
  15. May 20, 2011
    80
    Hot Sauce is a B-Boy bouillabaisse that manages to be both familiar yet adventurous, varied yet seemless. [7 May 2011, p.51]
  16. May 13, 2011
    80
    Like Ill Communication, it's a superbly paced album, its felicitous stylistic juxtapositions the product of judicious cut-and-paste. [Jun 2011, p.89]
  17. May 6, 2011
    80
    It's that classic Beastie Boys sound, and a reminder why they've set the gold standard for posse rap.
  18. May 4, 2011
    80
    The Boys' trademark nerdy raps are as inimitable as ever.
  19. May 4, 2011
    80
    Truth is, to cook up such joyful nonsense probably takes a helluva lot of effort, but it's the Beasties' gift to make this seem easier than falling off a mountain bike, and an infinite amount more fun.
  20. 80
    The Beasties prove they've still got what it takes to rock the house -- Hot Sauce was definitely worth the wait.
  21. May 3, 2011
    80
    The resulting platter is overflowing with dense slabs of aromatic unrefined funk, peppered with scattershot stupid-dope old school rhymes. [June 2011, p. 92]
  22. 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.
  23. May 3, 2011
    80
    Rapping about how well you rap is both stubbornly old school and totally meta. It's also a form of hip-hop Darwinism, as the Beastie Boys, now in their mid-40s and still one step ahead of trash-talking competitors, demonstrate to the fullest on their eighth studio album.
  24. May 3, 2011
    80
    Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is probably the third best Beastie Boys album ever made. And that is not a pejorative. Boggle!
  25. May 2, 2011
    80
    In a decade dominated by rappers who obsess about their cars, clothes and women, it's nice to be reminded that MCA, Mike D and Ad-Rock are still out there, keeping it fun despite all the haters.
  26. 80
    Every ounce of Hot Sauce spectacle comes from so many ridiculous angles, it's a wonder that a single arbitrary reviewer could just throw words about it onto one page.
  27. 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.
  28. 80
    As the hip-hop mainstream shouts and booms its way into the 21st century, Beastie Boys are happy temporal outsiders, partying in their never-ending 1980s.
  29. May 2, 2011
    80
    With Hot Sauce Committee, it's advisable to always expect the unexpected.
  30. Jun 29, 2011
    77
    While that post-9/11 set had a fantastic first single ("Ch-Check It Out") and nothing else close to its level, the group's latest lacks a standout track but is a consistent hodgepodge of slimy beats and no-nonsense rhyming.
  31. And so here's what it all means: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is a solid Beastie Boys record that will have something for any fan.
  32. 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.
  33. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    You may not love this album, and I'm not sure I do, but you do have to respect it.
  34. May 4, 2011
    70
    So while this may not be a great album or even a top-tier Beastie Boys album -- I'd place it somewhere between Hello Nasty and the inferior 5 Boroughs, neither of which can touch those first four -- anyone who cares about these guys will be glad it exists.
  35. May 4, 2011
    70
    Don't go looking for the hidden meaning behind Hot Sauce Committee Part Two -- the Beastie Boys are just here to fight for their right to party.
  36. May 2, 2011
    70
    Even on a album where they might not produce a one off moment to rank up there with the best of their long career, the Beastie Boys are still inventive enough to make a rhyme about a shawl or "coming together like peanut butter and sandwiches" engaging, and by extension. Things wouldn't be the same without them.
  37. Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is undoubtedly a good record. It's just that in the Beasties' case, merely being good doesn't seem, well, y'know, good enough.
  38. May 2, 2011
    70
    Now that they've finally given up the goods, it's easy to understand why they decided to go with what they already had because their eighth album is rooted firmly in hip-hop's old-school.
  39. Aug 17, 2011
    60
    Hot Sauce Committee finds The Beastie Boys being The Beastie Boys with nothing that isn't exactly what on would expect from The Beastie Boys. [Jul 2011, p.44]
  40. May 13, 2011
    60
    While HSC2 is a solid and enjoyable album, we hope that our favorite scientists will tinker with a slightly different, more exciting formula moving forward.
  41. May 12, 2011
    60
    Full of groove and grit, it's raw and enjoyable.
  42. 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.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. May 3, 2011
    9
    There's not much longevity in hip hop. All the 80s icons are playing cops on tv, looking for love on VH1, or providing voice overs for video games. The Beasties are back in 2011 sounding as good as ever. Get this album now and make some noise if you're with me. Full Review »
  2. May 8, 2011
    10
    wow. everything about this album is great. its up there with licence to ill, if not better.......................................................................................................................... Full Review »
  3. May 5, 2011
    9
    Great album. It's like the best bits of all their other albums rolled up and smoked. Nothing too deep on this one. No agendas, just good sounds and lots of fun. Old skool. Full Review »