"I do need to make an important announcement to all the people out there: 'Shazam!' is top dog on goofy island. Indisputibly." - Beastie Boys, using their "Three Islands" approach in describing the songs on their new album
I'd like a lettuce, tomato and Muenster on rye/All this cheese is gonna make me cry/ Gorgonzola, provolone/Don't even get me started on this microphone.
"[Food is] a big theme for us. To be honest, at the studio, instead of working, we spend a lot of time ordering lunch. The last album was so political and even still, it had a lot of references to cheese and sandwiches. A lot of lunch. How are you going to talk politics without lunch?" - Michael Diamond, October 2004
"Couplets [are] cool! I'm impressed with one of Adam's rhymes: 'I sneak a/Chicken tikka'"; - Michael Diamond, October 2004
"Mix Master Mike's scratching highlights [Shazam!]" - Jonathan Cohen, Billboard, April 2004
"[Shazam! isn't a] bad track. [It's] tight, intricate and listenable, but not the compelling music of the great Beastie Boys albums that demanded repeat listening." - Chloe Sasson, Sydney Morning Herald, June 23, 2004