Rolling Stone (9/3/98, p.102) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...a wicked tapestry of fresh sounds, boomeranging grooves and aggressive fuzz....The Chemicals' music descends like a filmy rain of a zillion fine, tiny pieces of combined and recombined beats, phrases...and repeating riffs..."Spin (10/98, p.150) - 7 (out of 10) - "...the album...deviates from Big Beat's well-hammered agenda, panning out into austere house and moments of pure light....BROTHERS GONNA [is] a journey from Big Beat's drum-crashing core right out to the fringes of dreamy progressive ambience..."Entertainment Weekly (9/25/98, p.106) - "...BROTHERS, the Chemicals' second DJ disc, assembles more than an hour of nonstop, seamlessly stitched-together snippets of old R&B, disco clap tracks, Latin beats, and random sound bites. Alternately fun and monotonous, it's little more than the world's grooviest jogging tape." - Rating: BAlternative Press (10/00, p.120) - Included in AP's "10 Essential DJ-Mix Albums" - "Encompassing their love for old-school funk, minimal techno, big beats and rock riffs....this lays the sum of their parts out plainly for all to see - and to frug like crazy to."Vibe (12/98, 1/99, p.195) - "...Chemicals...use their booth to bury the original jams in their own technofied style....The Brothers' tweak beats within inches of your speakers lives..."
Rolling Stone (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The Beasties stir-fry all kinds of beats in their wok, from old-school hip-hop and head-checking punk to bossa nova and reggae..."Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.66) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (8/6/98) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...the collaboration that Black Flag and De La Soul might have made, mixing jaunty samples and esoteric beats with punk-guitar crunch....Hip-hop hasn't unleashed anything this fantastically dense since the heyday of De La and Public Enemy..."Spin (1/99, p.91) - Ranked #10 on Spin's list of "Top 20 Albums of '98."Spin (8/98, pp.135-136) - 7 (out of 10) - "...HELLO NASTY...is filled with so much money-makin' and disco-breakin' on and on till the breakadawn, you'd think we'd taken the way-back machine into the early Kangol era. Yet such recapping doesn't sound even faintly kitschy. More like a labor of love by three premillennial mensches laying their roots down: a B-boy Anthology of New York Folk Music..."Entertainment Weekly (7/17/98, pp.81-82) - "...a sonic smorgasbord in which the Beasties gorge themselves with reckless abandon...The melange makes for a looser, more free-spirited record than their earlier albums; the music invites you in, rather than threatening to shut you out..." - Rating: B+Mixmag (1/99, p.49) - Included in Mixmag's "Ten Best Albums of 98" - "...electro-tinged beats and whiney rapping..."CMJ (1/6/03, p.18) - Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"CMJ (1/11/99, p.5) - "...The chart-topping album finds the Beasties re-enhancing the three-way rhyme antics of their LICENSED TO ILL days using soulsonic electro-funk, cheeky bossa nova, Rachmaninoff loops and some death defying turntable moves..."The Source (9/98, p.256) - "...What underlies the Beastie sound, and ultimately their widespread appeal, is their obvious appreciation of other music....Mike's scratches add another layer to the album's mighty production..."Rap Pages (11/98, p.130) - 4 (out of 5) - "...HELLO NASTY continues their musical reign...Lyrically, they deliver their made-for-concert verses in perfect unison..."Q (Magazine) (p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Recorded back in New York and acknowledging that the most powerful tracks on ILL COMMUNICATION were the ones where they stepped up to the mic, it marked a partial return to basics..."