100 Best Albums of the '90s

From Moby to Nirvana, the records that defined a decade

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Beastie Boys, 'Ill Communication'

13. Beastie Boys, 'Ill Communication'

Ill communication puts a little polish on the mishmash of Check Your Head; the Beasties freewheel from hardcore punk thrash to jazzy cool-downs for an album with more action than John Woo and mad hits like Rod Carew. The Boys loosen up on their instruments, especially in the subzero cool of "Transitions." But it's the linear party starters that make the record: "Sure Shot" knocks a doofy flute sample out of the park, "Get It Together" takes a D-train detour with Q-Tip, and "Sabotage" serves up a slab of red-meat metal that not even Sabbath fans could resist.

Rolling Stone's Original 1994 Review

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