Matt Diehl
December 13, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Anthology: The Sounds of Science

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A+

Anthology: The Sounds of Science surveys the career of the archetypal funky white boys — the Beastie Boys — and makes clear that while their music sometimes followed trends, more often it set them. Arena rap, acid jazz, hardcore punk, funk-metal, and even country all get thrown into the Beasties’ cultural Cuisinart.

The result is startlingly consistent; despite gaps, the unreleased rarities actually sound as great as the hits. Strange yet wonderfully accessible, the Boys demonstrate their greatest, most infectious quality — that they have unbridled creativity down to a science.

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