Ill Communication is the fourth studio album from The Beastie Boys. Following on from the sprawling ‘Paul’s Boutique’ and the seismic ‘Check Your Head’ it’s probably their most varied work, taking in hardcore punk, jazz-funk, rock and hip hop. It also reflected a more mature approach lyrically as evidenced by MCA’s devotion to Buddhism - a huge progression from their unruly days of ‘Licensed To Ill’. The ubiquitous ‘Sabotage’ is an obvious standout, as well as ‘Get It Together’ which features an outstanding guest verse from A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip. On ‘Sabrosa’ and ‘Shambala’ we get to hear the often under-estimated musicianship of the trio, but it’s the straighter rap tracks where the group really shine.