Various Artists

Grand Royal Super Hits

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Although this was meant to be a promotional disc for Grand Royal, the record label started by the Beastie Boys to promote their favorite artists, this is also one of the only CD appearances of Noise Addict, the Australian folk-rock band led by a very young Ben Lee. Tracks by the Beasties and their DJ, Hurricane, are all fine examples of the style of hip-hop they practically invented, but the show is stolen by Lee's two tracks and the efforts of female alternative rock heroes Luscious Jackson. Noise Addict's ode to Evan Dando, "I Wish I Was Him," is a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to the alternative rock poster boy; elsewhere "Meat" shows the clever lyrics and dark pop skills that Lee's solo efforts would be known for. The two previously released Luscious Jackson songs are infectious dance anthems that reflect their New York attitude and light-hearted lyrics, and are honestly more fun and up-tempo than the songs by their labelmates the Beastie Boys. This promo disc is worth finding for the Noise Addict tracks (which are hard to find in any form), but the rest of the album is a solid collection by a label with its heart in the right place.

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