Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass CD
|The heavily anticipated and long awaited fourth official studio album from Aes Rock has arrived! After four long years between Bazooka Tooth and now (despite a few EPs and an exclusive online release), much has changed in his life musically and personally, and this newest album reflects that, all encompassingly. Thematically, each song seamlessly melds into the next, exploring the nature of relationships, the struggle of adulthood and various glimpses of life. The album marks a true return to form, finding him collaborating with longtime friend and producer Blockhead as well as Def Jux staples El-P, Cage and Rob Sonic, all the while welcoming new friends Breeze Brewin (Juggaknots) and John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) into the fold. Production is a shining beam of light as well, with Aesop and friends juxtaposing earthy low-end grooves with futuristic bumps. The wait has been long, but well worth the anticipation. (Re-issued in 2011 by Aesop Rock on his new label, Block, Block, Chop.)|
|1.||Keep Off the Lawn|
|2.||None Shall Pass |
|4.||Bring Back Pluto|
|6.||Getaway Car (feat. Cage / Breeze Brewin)|
|8.||The Harbor is Yours |
|10.||Gun for the Whole Family (feat. El-P) |
|12.||No City |
|13.||Dark Heart News (feat. Rob Sonic)|
|14.||Coffee (feat. John Darnielle) |
4 Stars (Solid)
, March 26, 2009
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Pros: Every beat on this is dope to go along with the amazing monotone lyrics. Tons of metaphors, I will really never understand what the fuck Aesop talks about. Blockhead and Aesop are dope on, majority of, the production. Cool guess: Mr. Lif, Cage, El-P, etc.
Cons: Every track on here is great but there is no amazing track.
Overall: Hes one of those kind of guys that you either love or hate with his complexity and off beat rapping. Blah, Blah, Blah, seriously what the fuck is Aesop Rock talking about as he's the most complex lyricist Ive ever heard, as I'm always finding new things on this. Personally I think that Aesop is amazing when is comes to the mic, and production too. The only negative thing about Aesop is that hes way too complex on this. On his other great albums, Float and Labor Days he is much easier to understand than on this album. If you do catch the lyrics here and there they actually sound comical from time to time. Ultimately every perspective of the album is great. The beats go perfect with the crazy lyricism.
Best album of the year so far
, August 27, 2007
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This album is seriously great, beats all albums this year.
Aesop really surpasses himself here, only track im not feeling as much as the rest is 'gun for the whole family', better than Monch's and EL-P's efforts in my opinion