Itâ€™s hard to overplay the importance of 1989â€™s Paulâ€™s Boutique to the success of the Beastie Boys. The follow up to the bandâ€™s sophomoric, party album Licensed to Ill, the Dust Brother produced Paulâ€™s Boutique took the band from novelty white rappers to a legitimate musical talent, pushing the boundaries of a still new genre at the time. There is still plenty of humor, just much less chauvinistic posturing with this outing.
If Licensed to Ill was about a group going through growing pains, by Paulâ€™s Boutique, four years later, they found their sound and grew into a phenomenally talented group of musicians. Itâ€™s fitting then that Capitol chose to issue a 20th anniversary edition of the CD, with help from the group. The remastered tracks sound crisper and stronger. Songs like â€œHey Ladies,â€ â€œShake Your Rump,â€ â€œJohnny Ryallâ€ and â€œShadrach,â€ all classics, have never sounded better. The re-release is a good excuse for casual listeners to finally pick up a record that should be in everyoneâ€™s collection and the bonus downloadable audio commentary that comes with this new edition is a great excuse for hardcore fans to buy it again.
Top Tracks: â€œHey Ladies,â€ â€œShake Your Rump,â€ â€œJohnny Ryallâ€ and â€œShadrach,â€
Rating: 8.9 out 10
Beastie Boys – Paulâ€™s Boutique (20th Anniversary Edition) (CD) / 2009 / 23 Tracks / http://www.beastieboys.com