Pauls Boutique by Beastie Boys
I personally love this album but it gets way too much love and attention from music critics and writers. The greatest offense is that these writers repeatedly claim that the beats on PB are more dense, layered, and/or sophisticated than any previous hip-hop album. UGH. Not so. Remember, critics/writers, the 2 Public Enemy albums that came out before PB? Those albums have beats that are much thicker and sophisticated than those on PB. And the whole layered beats thing was an emerging trend, anyway. Other 1989 albums from groups like De La Soul and 3rd Bass had them.
I think the real reason these dumbass writers overpraise PB is because there are so many recognizable samples from people like THE BEATLES and CURTIS MAYFIELD and my mom.