Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. More trip- than hip-hop in that its irresistibility is atmospheric -- a sound that pits industrial textures against quiet piano samples/parts.
  2. Ultimately, it all plays out like a 60-minute calling card that illustrates hip-hop's most liberal producers aren't afraid to keep on keepin' on.
  3. "So ..." is one of the most innovative albums of the year, stretching the gamut of every musical genre that melts in your head, not in your mouth.
  4. Sixty minutes long -- the album's subtitle is "A Musical Curriculum" -- this is pure, hip-hop-based sampledelica and anything but po-faced.
  5. 80
    So ... How's Your Girl? ... mental infomercial, fashion Trojan horse, soundtrack to a movie we may never see, sheer genius ... uh huh, it's all that and so much more. Handsome Boy Modeling School is your ticket to a better quality of life.
  6. Handsome Boy Modeling School succeeds where so many compilations fail. It's a great album from start to finish.
  7. A leader of the old school teams up with an upstart from the new, and the classy result is the way-out antics of Handsome Boy Modeling School.
  8. These two guys are good on the turntables and production, and they've got some stellar hip hop and rock guests. Check out this collaboration, one of the few hip-hop albums that I truly think is a must-have.
  9. 'So ... How's Your Girl?' is precision-tooled to amuse the Beastie Boys, for sure. But it also harbours a wit and dexterity that not only represents the usual cliquey extended family, but also manages to transcend them.
  10. 70
    So … How's your Girl is more an experiment in possibility than a cohesive album -- hip-hop rubs up against various other forms of digital noise, and the frictional frisson is both pleasant and surprising. Luckily, Handsome Boy Modeling School has lessons well worth learning.
  11. Rockwell and Merriweather may never sashay down Paris runways, but their How's Your Girl? has a hot style all its own.
  12. Albums like this one ... are by definition not great personal statements, nor even necessarily artistic peaks for the acts involved. But they keep going, A to the B to the C to the D, and right now that's more than enough.
  13. It's all good enough, but how many times, really, do you need to hear the term "rock the mic" in an hour? Not this many.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 10, 2005
    9
    masterful.
  2. grug
    Feb 23, 2003
    8
    Not a fan of hip-hop, but this CD (and indeed most anything with Dan The Automator involved) is great, but no Deltron 3030. Once again, note Not a fan of hip-hop, but this CD (and indeed most anything with Dan The Automator involved) is great, but no Deltron 3030. Once again, note that Pitchfork drags the score down again... Full Review »