The Mix-Up - Beastie Boys
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  • Summary: Money Mark guests on this all-instrumental, post-punk-influenced, 12-track set for the veteran hip-hop outfit.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    You may say, with all its funky breaks and organ spells, that The Mix-Up is the last album you’d expect the Beastie Boys to make; but really, it could’ve been the first.
  2. 80
    Maybe The Mix-Up woks simply because it does nothing terribily wrong.
  3. The Mix Up is not a major statement, but that's the nice thing about the record: it's as personal and idiosyncratic as any old funky soul-jazz LP that you'd find deep in the crates of a second-hand record store.
  4. There’s very little about The Mix-Up not to like, yet there’s also very little that will be remembered in five months.
  5. It’s purely incidental material that goes nowhere for a dozen tracks and ends with just as much fuss as it began, i.e. none.
  6. 50
    It's slight and, even at its liveliest, inconsequential. [Jul 2007, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. May 6, 2013
    This album really surprised me thank you Beastie Boys!

    When Hip-Hop is really starting to decay and loose its relevance they drop a funky
    ass instrumental to show today's 'artists' how its done.

    I was afraid about the direction the Beastie Boys would take in the current climate of Auto-Tune gangster mixed with R&B trash that dominates the market. Could they stoop as low as Eminem and hook up with Rhianna?!

    I feel stupid for even doubting them, they dropped me on my head so hard i had to check it!

    This album is so non-controversial it is the most controversial album they have ever done!

    (RIP MCA)
  2. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    I never thought I'd rate an album this low by the Beastie Boys but here it is. The whole album is forgettable. I'm a die-hard fan and I couldn't get the reasoning behind this album. I have friends who have jam sessions sound just as good as this album. I do like their instrumental work on Ill Communication and Check Your Head, however at this point in their career, they need a more complete body of work. Expand

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