In Search of Manny

Genre: Rock; Producer (group): Grand Royal

The best thing about Luscious Jackson’s debut on the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal label is its cover: a snapshot of a lecherous ’70s sleazebag, complete with open polyester shirt. Inside, the NYC band’s crackly production and booty-shakin’ wah-wahs give it kitsch value, but the girls lack the rhythm and the rhymes for good raps and often drop the groove in funkier, Shaft-type songs. Like dance-floor drugs, In Search of Manny’s rush is temporary. C

Originally posted April 23 1993 — 12:00 AM EDT

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