Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
To The 5 Boroughs (iTunes/Deezer/Spotify)Beastie BoysDigital Media15
  • XW2004-01-01
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)724358457155
To the 5 BoroughsBeastie BoysCopy Control CD16
  • JP2004-06-07
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Brooklyn Dust MusicTOCP-663004988006821477
To the 5 BoroughsBeastie BoysCD15
  • DE2004-06-14
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)7243 5 70855 2 6724357085526
To the 5 BoroughsBeastie BoysCD15
  • GB2004-06-14
Parlophone (UK)473 33100724347333101
To the 5 BoroughsBeastie BoysCD15
  • GB2004-06-14
Parlophone (UK)473 33900724347333903
To the 5 BoroughsBeastie BoysEnhanced CD16
  • US2004-06-15
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 72435 84571 0 0724358457100
To the 5 BoroughsBeastie BoysCD16
  • JP2004-08-11
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-663054988006822016
To the 5 BoroughsBeastie BoysCopy Control CD15
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)7243 5 70854 2 7724357085427
To the 5 BoroughsBeastie Boys2×12" Vinyl8 + 7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)7243 5 84571 1 7724358457117
To The 5 Boroughs (clean)Beastie BoysCD15
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 72435 78634 0 7
To the 5 Boroughs (Deluxe Version)Beastie BoysDigital Media27
  • US2019-06-14
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)
To the 5 BoroughsBeastie BoysCD16
[none]
(unknown)
To The 5 BoroughsBeastie Boys2×12" Vinyl8 + 7
  • US2017-12-08
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)B0026992-01602557727937

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:An Open Letter to NYC
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Wikidata:Q897841 [info]

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Parlophone have played this one fairly close to their chests. A blanket of security has surrounded recent publicity bashes by the Beasties. This smacks less of fears about piracy and more that the band has either veered off in a radical direction or, after 6 years, have produced a turkey. The good news is that neither outcome has occurred. This is just, well, a Beastie Boys album. It's old skool, it rocks and (and I never thought this could be said about the Beasties) it's rather sweet.

The crazy electronic experimentation of Hello Nasty has been swept under the carpet and Mike D, Ad Rock and MCA have returned to the freestyle, knockabout rhymes and drum heavy loops of old. As befits a bunch of wealthy, intelligent guys in their 40s the lyrics about girls, beer, lyrical prowess and parties are now transmuted, via the alchemical touchstone of age and Buddhism into raps concerning politics ("Time To Build"), food, lyrical prowess and erm...parties. In other words they still want to rock the house but the only people they want to offend these days are the powers that be. As they say in the aforementioned "Time To Build": 'We've got a president we didn't elect/the Kyoto treaty he decided to reject/and still the US just wants to flex...'

Taken as a whole To The 5 Boroughs is just that: an ode to their home town of New York and a celebration of its continued vivacity and diversity post 9-11: 'Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten/ from the Battery to the top of Manhattan/ Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin/ Black and white, New York make it happen...'

Of course the best way they can do this is to liberally spice the political commentary and world-saving philosophising with the playful lyrical shenanigans that made them far more than just another white hip hop act. Little tics and stutters make it a joyous noise, as when someone shouts 'What the Helen of Troy is that?' on "Triple Trouble". On this evidence they're still not too old for the epiphet 'Boys'. And the party is still going on...