Ill Communication (studio album) by Beastie Boys

Ill Communication by Beastie Boys
Year: 1994
Overall rank: 712th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 472 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1994 (22nd)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (128th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (712th)
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Beastie Boys bestography

Ill Communication is ranked 3rd best out of 15 albums by Beastie Boys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Beastie Boys is Paul's Boutique which is ranked number 221 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 8,381.

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Licensed To IllIll CommunicationCheck Your Head

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 472 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 77.8/100, a mean average of 76.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.5.

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85/100
From 03/14/2022 08:38
Strong and solid stuff.
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From 01/21/2018 14:09
I knew this album even better than I thought I did. Mid-90s staple.
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80/100
From 11/18/2017 13:21
I love the Beastie Boys, but here they started to dip down in quality.
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80/100
From 11/08/2016 19:42
For some odd reason, this album is the only record I've heard that not only tries to separate itself between two very different sets of music (almost two different albums really), but does so extremely well. The first half feels like a mix between Licensed to Ill's energy (but mellower) and Paul's Boutique's intelligence (but simpler), and done so extremely well as the first half is an absolute joy to listen to. The second half can turn a lot of people away, but for people that are fans of such things as Boutique's B-Boy Bouillabaise and Abbey Road's second half, it's a hip-hop journey and an incredible listen. The Boys know how to use their instruments, which was proven in Check Your Head, and boy do they ever use them well.

Key Cuts: Sure Shot, Root Down, Get It Together
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95/100
From 01/16/2016 22:28
This is the best Beastie Boys album and one of the best hip-hop albums of all time. Even the instrumentals bring something to the rest
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From 01/04/2016 23:19
I've heard several critics say that the 2nd half of this album isn't as strong as the 1st half. I disagree with them.
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From 09/18/2014 18:41
Although this very cool addition to the Beastie boys discography has the same attitude at times, there are some sophisticated instrumentals that are perfect for sitting down with a cup of tea on a cloudy day. It's a mix of the hyperactive and the smooth.
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From 08/21/2014 17:06
even the instrumentals are amazing. the beastie's best
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From 07/18/2014 16:33
The best album of the Beastie Boys!
In my opinion "Sure Shot" is their best song
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65/100
From 05/28/2014 04:45
"Sabotage" is the best song on this. "Get It Together" sounded like they were free-styling and Q-tip made it awkward by using the N-word in mixed company. This album must be where they really got into making the lyrics difficult to hear and understand, thus spawned the title.
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