To The 5 Boroughs - Beastie Boys
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

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  • Summary: The B-Boys, who have moved back to New York from their temporary home of Los Angeles, return with their first album in six years and their second to utilize the beats of Mixmaster Mike. These 15 tracks are all self-produced by the band (a first) and recall the style of their earliest work.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. To the 5 Boroughs is an exciting, astonishing balancing act: fast, funny and sobering.
  2. 88
    Boroughs' greatest strength is its aural cohesiveness, fueled by a litany of Golden Age samples... and the heavy, often dark, bass-driven soundscapes. [#11, p.90]
  3. 80
    Signals something of a rebirth of their signature creativity. [Jul/Aug 2004, p.123]
  4. In all honesty, it's not the sentiment that bothers this reviewer. Rather, it's the insertion of the sentiment into what should have ostensibly been a light-hearted romp, a fun return to their days of old.
  5. Most of Boroughs feels like they're sampling themselves. [Aug 2004, p.120]
  6. The tracks crackle and swing with a wit that the lyrics rarely match.
  7. The Beasties of 5 Boroughs seem scared--reluctant to innovate; serving up nonsense lyrics and numbing production that are just plain lazy... sensing that there's nowhere to go but down, so better to establish a passable holding pattern than risk an inexcusable backslide toward irrelevance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 50
  2. Negative: 7 out of 50
  1. TheDude
    Jan 12, 2005
    10
    One of the best hip-hop albums I own. This is my favorite Beastie Boys album to date. I think they are growing up, and speaking their mind.
  2. RonR
    Jun 16, 2004
    10
    pure fun, just listen and enjoy, some of the best beats in years. will make a lot of new fans, and keep all the old ones.
  3. VincentC
    Jul 9, 2004
    10
    Awesome
  4. RussellJ.
    Jun 15, 2004
    8
    Definetly a step up. This thing is more than a hell of a lot of fun to listen to, and it feels complete.
  5. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    8
    Average record comparatively to earlier B-Boys' records, but still awesome. I do miss the instrumental work, but this is just pure Hip-hopAverage record comparatively to earlier B-Boys' records, but still awesome. I do miss the instrumental work, but this is just pure Hip-hop record. A love letter of some sort to the city they love, New York City. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Apr 21, 2005
    5
    For what the old beastie boy albums used to be, this is less than average. Bring Back the old Beastie Boys!
  7. chuckyo
    Jun 16, 2004
    0
    It sucks. I'm tired of rap in general. It's boring.

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