Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (1989)
Boutique is misleading; it suggests small, quaint, fancy.
Paul’s Boutique is anything but.
Never has such a sample-heavy recording sounded so fresh and original.
The rhymes are relentless, philosophical debates are resolved (“I egged the chicken then I ate his leg”), and as Paul’s celebrates anniversary #24 next week, it remains beyond deserving of its oft-assigned ‘Masterpiece’ designation.