Check Your Head (studio album) by Beastie Boys

Check Your Head
Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
Year: 1992
Overall rank: 968th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 380 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1992 (15th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (190th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (968th)
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Beastie Boys bestography

Check Your Head is ranked 4th best out of 14 albums by Beastie Boys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Beastie Boys is Paul's Boutique which is ranked number 204 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 9,331.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 380 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.4/100, a mean average of 77.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.5.

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95/100
From 06/30/2020 19:36
My favorite Beastie Boys album. It's probably the most aggressive of theirs.
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From 11/22/2017 19:43
One of the best albums of the 90s.
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60/100
From 11/08/2016 20:20
This isn't an album you listen to if you want the usual Boys' stuff in the realm of Licensed to Ill; it's them with raw rapping power, and proof after the extensive sampling they had done before that yeah, they can play instruments and yeah, they're pretty damn good at it. For the most part, they fool people into thinking they're just acting like regular hip-hop artists showing off supreme sonic ability and hip-hop beats, but occasionally they poke their intelligence and wit through. They're made all the better for it.

Key Cuts: So What'cha Want, Pass the Mic, Gratitude
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90/100
From 09/08/2016 17:18
Most of my memories of this album are of college, dancing in some hot, sweaty basement with a sticky, beer-soaked floor. You'd think those wouldn't be fond memories, but they are, kind of. Check Your Head was, for me, the bridge between rock, funk, and rap that gave me a fuller understanding of where hip hop came from and why anyone would listen to it (because it's frigging great to dance to). I liked the Beastie Boys before Check Your Head, but this was the album where you could really begin to appreciate their musicianship and creativity in ways that seemed less mature on previous recordings. My only complaint is that some of the tracks, such as the incredibly funny and funky "Professor Booty," feel like fragments that leave me longing for what might have been if they had somehow been fully fleshed out. At the same time, it is the fragmentary nature of Check Your Head that makes much of it so rewarding.
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75/100
From 05/14/2016 23:36
Sometimes I think it's musical masterpiece and sometimes I feel like it let's throw everything against the wall and see what sticks.
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From 04/10/2016 21:31
Intense and laid back at the same time

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From 01/04/2016 23:56
While "So What'cha Want" is definitely the highlight, the rest of the album is still amazing. I could probably listen to an entire album of instrumental Beastie Boys songs.
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From 09/21/2015 22:14
Beastie Boys are one of the most solid artists of all time. This is one of their best. Every track flowing really well and the same great experimentation and uniqueness that almost every album by them has. They do have a distinct sound on this record with rocky hip-hop even punk vibes on display.
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From 09/18/2014 17:13
It sounds good sometimes, but it's overproduced and seems to lack the Beastie Boys attitude. I like when an artist explores new ground, but Beastie Boys didn't do it well enough for me.
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85/100
From 05/14/2014 14:35
I love the Beastie Boys. They are probably my favorite group. This is not their best work. They did some experimental stuff and tried to go back to their punk roots. The only problem is that isn't what made them famous.
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Best Albums of 1992
1. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
2. Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
3. Slanted And Enchanted by Pavement
4. Dirt by Alice In Chains
5. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin
6. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
7. Angel Dust by Faith No More
8. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
9. Images And Words by Dream Theater
10. Down Colorful Hill by Red House Painters
11. Dirty by Sonic Youth
12. Core by Stone Temple Pilots
13. Wish by The Cure
14. Bone Machine by Tom Waits
15. Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
16. Harvest Moon by Neil Young
17. Vulgar Display Of Power by Pantera
18. Unplugged by Eric Clapton
19. Lazer Guided Melodies by Spiritualized
20. Dry by PJ Harvey
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