The fourth part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, including Suede, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, and My Bloody Valentine.
24 Jul 2016
PopMatters looks at five Beastie Boys songs that are not only underappreciated, but some of their best.
21 Aug 2014
I've got the brand new doo-doo, guaranteed like Yoo-Hoo, I'm on like Dr. John, yeah Mr. Zu Zu. I'm a newlywed, not a divorcee, and everything I do is funky like Lee Dorsey. Beastie Boys’ 1994 landmark is this week’s Counterbalance. Phone is ringing. Oh my God.
01 Aug 2014
When a song becomes forever connected with a product, particularly with the use of a parody lyric, it's deemed “baked” or “overused”.
15 Apr 2014
The 119th Most Acclaimed Album of All time always goes out dapper like the Harry S Truman, and it’s madder than Mad's Alfred E. Neuman. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are the subject of this week’s Counterbalance.
08 Mar 2013
Career suicide albums fall into two camps: Those that were released ahead of their time, and those that set new standards in awful. The best thing that could be said about the later category is that these albums are oftentimes just as fascinating as an artist’s best work.
03 May 2012
“B-Boy Bouillabaisse” is one of the great denouements in the history of pop music, a 12-minute suite that gives us a definitive, multifarious view of urban life in the late 1980s.
26 Mar 2012
The boys employ religious allusions on “Shadrach” in a similar manner as they have used the references to movies, kids’ cartoons, and cereal boxes. They’re simply trying to come at their subject from multifarious angles and provide variety and interest for the listener.
19 Mar 2012
“What Comes Around” is an ebullient three-minute track that highlights the Beastie Boys’ and Dust Brothers’ incomparable ability to create pleasant irony through perfectly-placed samples and humorous turns-of-phrase.
12 Mar 2012
Although the lyrical content feels a bit repetitive from previous songs on Paul's Boutique, the chill, soulful groove makes “Car Thief” memorable.
05 Mar 2012
The Beastie Boys give us “5-Piece Chicken Dinner”, a brief, bright roll in the hay, only to juxtapose it with “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun”, one of the darkest, dirtiest tracks on Paul’s Boutique--and also one of the best.
27 Feb 2012
On “Hey Ladies”, the Beastie Boys prove that their hip-hop collage approach to making tunes is applicable to the four-minute single format, resulting in a track that is both technically accomplished and danceable.
20 Feb 2012
Coming after the aggressive intensity of the end of “The Sounds of Science”, “3-Minute Rule” seems slight, like the Beasties went on a mini-vacation.
13 Feb 2012
“The Sounds of Science” is essentially a three-movement suite about hip-hop bravado. Rarely has science sounded hipper.
06 Feb 2012
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