The passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch two years ago was a devastating loss for music, but within the outpouring of mourning in the wake of his death was the reminder how much the Beastie Boys' music connected with several generations of listeners. Even prior to Yauch's passing, the Beasties' catalog had already been championed by critics as some of the most consistent and important releases of their generation and has continued to find new audiences by becoming something of a rite of passage for music obsessives and fun thrill-seekers alike.
But despite the universal love of the Beasties, the tenth anniversary of their To the 5 Boroughs album just passed with almost no retrospectives or think-pieces. In this era of hyper-nostalgia, why would an album that was critically championed upon release (Five stars in Rolling Stone, A- from Christgau) and the subject of an absolute media blitz be completely omitted from our collective "Remember when this happened? OMG, we're old! LOL!" mentality?
Probably because, truthfully, we didn't like it very much.
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