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To the 5 Boroughs
|To The 5 Boroughs|
|LP by The Beastie Boys|
|Released||June 14, 2004|
|Recorded||2002, 2003 & 2004|
|Genre||Old school rap|
|Length||44 min 37 sec|
|Producer||The Beastie Boys|
|Allmusic.com||4 stars out of 5||link|
|Rolling Stone||5 stars out of 5||link|
|The Beastie Boys chronology|
|To The 5 Boroughs|
- "Ch-Check It Out"
- "Right Right Now Now"
- "The Hard Way"
- "Time To Build"
- "Rhyme The Rhyme Well"
- "Triple Trouble"
- "Hey F**k You"
- "Oh Word?"
- "That It's That All"
- "All Life Styles"
- "An Open Letter To NYC"
- "Crawl Space"
- "The Brouhaha"
- "We Got The..."
- "Ch-Check It Out", released in May 2004
- "Triple Trouble", released in July 2004
- "Right Right Now Now", due to be released sometime in fall 2004 or winter 2005
The Beastie Boys released To The Five Boroughs the first album they produced themselves worldwide on 15 June 2004. It reached #1 on the Billboard album charts, #2 in the UK and Australia and #3 in Germany on debut. The first single from the album "Ch-Check It Out" has reached #1 in Canada, #2 on the US modern rock chart and world Internet download charts, and #3 on a composite world modern rock chart.
- Before they recorded in 2002 and released this album, the band has been currently touring on their previous album Hello Nasty after 1998-1999.
- The album was the cause of some controversy with allegations that it installed spyware when inserted into the CD-ROM of a computer.  The band has denied this allegation saying there is no copy prevention software on the albums sold in the US and UK. While there is Macrovision's CDS-200 copy prevention software installed on European copies of the album this is standard practice for all European releases on EMI/Capitol Records released in Europe and it does not install spyware or any form of permanent software. 
- The album is the first to be produced by the Beastie Boys themselves and the second to feature Mixmaster Mike .
- To the 5 Boroughs has two main themes - a tribute to their home town New York after the Sepetember 11 terrorist attacks and a criticism of George W. Bush's Presidency.
A Metacritic.com of reviews of the album showed that the album rated 74 out of 100 meaning that the album received a generally positive response from critics. A summary of reviews and suggested tracks for legal downloading from each review is below.
Playlouder said "To the 5 Boroughs is a triumph." Best tracks "An Open Letter to NYC", "Ch-Check It Out" "3 The Hard Way" 5 stars out of 5 
Rolling Stone Magazine said "To the 5 Boroughs is an exciting, astonishing balancing act: fast, funny and sobering". Best tracks: "Ch-Check It Out", "Right Right Now Now" "It Takes Time to Build" 5 stars out of 5 
Entertainment Weekly said: "The beats are (...) simple and effective, with a welcome lack of bells and whistles and made Hello Nasty so distracting." (18 June 2003, p 83) Rating 83
Allmusic.com said: "It's rather impressive that they're maturing gracefully turning into expert craftsmen who can deliver a satisfying listen like this". Best Tracks: "Ch-Check It Out", "Time to Build", "Triple Trouble" "An Open Letter to NYC", "The Brouhaha" Rating 4 stars out of 5 
The Onion AV Club said: "With To the 5 Boroughs Beastie boys discover a musical entryway to an earlier, more innocent era, afording listeners the exuberance of youth together with the hard-won wisdom that can only come with experience. Best tracks: "Ch-Check It Out" "Time to Build" "Triple Trouble". 
Urb said the album "signals something of a rebirth of their signature creativity." (July/August 2004 page 123)
Launch UK "Over an entire album, the formula's limitations and the limitations of the rappers, becomes a source of frustration. Imagine Hello Nasty if it had consisted entirely of "Three MCs and One DJ" and you're close to understanding how "To the 5 Boroughs" sounds. Best tracks: "Triple Trouble", "Oh Word" "Right Right Now Now"  6 stars out of 10
Q Magazine said "The self-imposed adherence to hip hop traditionalism here, and indeed musically on the album as a whole, rather subdues their famously free-form sonic palette" (Jul 2004, page 108) Rating 3 stars
ShakingThrough.net argues that the non-political tracks work but "the album gets bogged down in meaningless platitudes" on the overtly political tracks. Best tracks: "An Open Letter to NYC", "3 the Hard Way", "Rhyme the Rhyme Well", "Triple Trouble Rating 3 out of 5 Rating 3 stars 
The Guardian said "the beats bounce along happily enough" but the anti-Bush lyrics are the bands weakness. The reviewer cited this lyric from "That's It That's All" "George W's got nothing on we, we got to take the power from he" as an example of the lyrical deficiencies. Rating 3 stars out of 5 
Stylus Magazine claimed the Beastie Boys were past it saying "Overall, the band has nothing to say and spends 45 minutes saying it". It notes that the beats are "pretty lovely". Best tracks: "An Open Letter to NYC" "We Got The". 
Tiny Mix Tapes claims that the lyrics are "a dismal failure. Rating 2 and a half stars out of 5 
- All Music Guide: To the 5 Boroughs
- Billboard News - The Beastie Boys Return With '5 Boroughs'
- Metacritic review summaries
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