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None Shall Pass

Aesop Rock Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Block Block Chop
  • ASIN: B004ZF7GCG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aural Banquet 5 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Aesop Rock is one hell of an impressive lyricist. Most reviews mention his impressive command of a metaphor. His lyrics are the closest to legitimate poetry of any hip hop artist i know of. Each and every one of his albums is incredible. If you know him, you'll buy this. If you don't know him, he's without doubt worth a listen.

I have one complaint. The production is outstanding, which kind of brings with it a problem- that I also encountered on Bazooka Tooth. Aesop's delivery can be a little difficult to decipher at times (particularly for non-Americans). When he was working with minimalist production his lyrics stood out. The production on this album is much more of the soundscape stuff you'd expect from Def Jux (who seem to save their best production for AR and El-P nowadays). It makes for a really interesting listen, it's outstanding. The problem is that at times with this album you just don't know what to listen to! I couldn't stay with either the lyrics or the production for any length of time. Like a massive banquet, the worry is that you end up full before you've really had a taste of everything. It's almost like you need to starve yourself of sounds beforehand and then give it one big effort to get the most out of it.

Still easily hits the 5* mark.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An expected triumph 8 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Aesop Rock is one of a select few artists to which the question that springs to mind when a new release is on the horizon is not "Will it be good?" but "Just how good will it be?". He has never disappointed before and does not start now. Like stablemate El-P it always takes a good few listens to really judge an Aesop Rock album and to make headway into the dense production and heavily metaphor-laden lyrics. More and more depths are realised with every listen and this is certainly no froth by any means.
One of the biggest surprises (and successes) is the inclusion of heavy and bluesy live guitars on many of the tracks including the brilliant police-baiting bonus cut.
The title track is one of THE hip-hop tracks of the year and is impossible to listen to without the onset of some serious head-nodding. There is a welcome return for longtime producer Blockhead who was absent from Aesop's last full-length; the (almost) entirely self-produced Bazooka Tooth. On that album that fact was hailed as a sign of maturity and realising his own vision. On this album he seems to have transcended that to invite his circle of friends 'back in'.
In short he can do no wrong and this album jumps into the top three hip-hop albums of the year so far below El-P's superlative 'I'll Sleep When You're Dead' and just above Cadence Weapon's leftfield stunner 'Breaking Kayfabe'. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy this album 7 Jun 2011
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buy this, even if you have never heard of aesop rock just buy this you will not be unhappy.

anyone with any kind of interest in hip-hop should own this album, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aesop Rock- None Shall Pass review 30 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
NYC's most under-rated rapper is back again with the 63 minute, 14 track, `None Shall Pass', the follow up to 2005's `Fast Cars Danger Fire and Knives' EP. Ever since Aesop's 1997 self-released `Music For Earthworms' album, his unique lyrical talent has been evident. Production and arrangement skills have also steadily been improving resulting in some wonderful beats in `Bazooka Tooth' and `Fast Car..' albums.

`None Shall Pass' is Aesop's 5th album proper and production duties are shared by Aesop (5trks), Blockhead (7trks), EL-P (1trk) and Rob Sonic (1trk). Immediately, one can rest comfortably in the knowledge that Aesop has not toned down his ridiculously intricate and impenetrable rapping style for a shot at the mainstream. Lyrics are spit out at a disgustingly brisk momentum which will provide hardcore fans with months and months worth of deciphering. Luckily though for more casual fans, the lyrics ride the beats beautifully with certain words stretched and syllables accentuated. The odd bars that do penetrate the high tempo verbage usually provide knowledgeable and authoritative repartee which motivates the listener to dig deeper and `connect the dots'.

The arrangements and production values on `None Shall Pass' provides an excellent backdrop to the perfectly delivered lyrics. The beats are crisp, multi-dimensional and provide a slightly off-kilter, paranoid energy that perfectly complements the lyrics. When describing the beats, the word `freshness' comes to the forefront of ones mind. A myriad of styles are implemented from neo-funk to blues to psychadelica. There is a notable use of live instrumentation which may rub some the wrong way, but the deep dark dense production values coupled with the looseness of the live instrumentation works a treat.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 28 Aug 2007
By btnh1999 - Published on
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I think that the majority of Aesop fans got worried around the release of Bazooka Tooth that one of the best rappers in the underground scene was losing his touch. Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives did little to assuage that worry.

For me, at least, this latest album was going to be all or nothing. If it sucked, then it meant I would have to come to terms with the fact that there might not be another Labor Days, and that Aesop might have run out of ideas. If it was good, though, then his mediocre last two albums would be forgiven as nothing but a phase, a testing of a style that didn't necessarily work. Aesop would be back.

Fortunately, the latter was true. But don't take that to mean that this is another Labor Days or another Float. This album has a different sound, a different style, and a different direction than anything Aesop has done before. In my personal opinion, it doesn't quite reach the lyrical greatness of his pre-Bazooka work, but it succeeds where Bazooka Tooth failed in that it is actually fun to listen to. The production is absolutely stellar (with the exception of one sub-par track from Rob Sonic), with head-nodders and melodic masterpieces throughout. The guest spots are well-integrated, well-planned, and few enough to avoid the disjointed feel that plagues so many rap albums.

Aesop's lyrics are as cryptic as ever, a quality that has never really allowed him to be popular in the mainstream, but has made him an icon in the underground. His songs require patience and active decoding. Anyone familiar with Aesop's work knows that the true concepts and messages of his songs lie buried in a thick mesh of obscure cultural references, little-known slang, inside jokes, and complex metaphors. However, it has often been said that this is Aesop's most accessible work to date, a label that probably lies more in its production than its lyrical content.

Aesop has put together an album to be counted among the best hip-hop releases of the year, sure to please both longtime fans and newcomers alike. Welcome back, Aesop. We've missed you.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How does he keep doing it??? 25 April 2008
By Taco Bandit - Published on
Format:Audio CD
So, to me, it seems that early on in their careers rappers/emcees need to decide if they're going to be class A or class B:

class A releases a couple amazing albums but then becomes artistically spent and sticks around as a hollow shell of their former selves selling albums on reputation and glimpses of their former glory: Nas, Eminem, 50 come to mind.

Then there's class B whom you have to wait ages for new material, but when it finally comes out they continue to amaze: Breeze Brewin, Dr. Dre, El-P.

Then there's Aesop Rock, who's in a class of his own. He doesn't let more than a couple years go between an EP or LP, and seemed to drop amazing versus on everyone else's album in between, and yet with every new release the quality is easily as good as the previous one, if not better. It blows my mind when a rapper is as prolific and inexhaustible as AR is. Aesop doesn't try to draw fake buckets from his empty artist's well, rather I picture his well overflowing nonstop and it's all he can do to attempt to frantically catch even half of it.

Although Blockhead is back I don't really see this as a step backward toward Labor Days and Float like others seem to. Everything is so refined and AR seems so comfortable and at home (almost in an "I'm dope and know it" sort of way) just as he was in Fast Cars and Bazooka.

One nice innovation that worked out splendidly was the live instrumentation including the guitar riffs his wife lays down. As soon as I heard it scorch into the opening track I was like "oh, no you didn't just tastefully share a track w/ block and Aes did you! yes you did!" It works perfectly and it's yet another new take/direction for AR musically.

All in all, the realist in me keeps waiting for Aesop to stop either dropping so frequently or become a hollow shell of his former self, but the fan wanting both quality and quantity has yet to be disappointed. Here's to having our cake and eating it too!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising Aesop? No. But still damn good. 30 Sep 2007
By Maxx - Published on
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I must be one of the few who really loved Aes' new direction that he flaunted on Bazooka Tooth and Fast Cars. Those albums were a marked departure from all of his previous work and showed intense progression towards a more confrontational, swagga-laden hip hop style.

That's all gone on this record.
His older style makes its celebrated return, making for an album less incendiary than its predecessors, but still a very strong effort. For the stories Aesop wanted to tell, I suppose his old style was the only way to do it. I was a bit disappointed on first spin, but since then this record has really grown on me. Once the tales sink their teeth into your neck, these tracks deliver some of the most concrete ideas of his career.

To balance it all out, there are still a couple tracks where the message is typically cryptic (Popcorn, eh?). The Aesop faithful wouldn't have it any other way, but since this album is...a step backward in my book (no offense), I can't help but wonder what this album would be like if the songs were as self-explanatory as "No Regrets" (off Labor Days), as communication appears to be what he's going for. Some tracks are, others are not.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aesop Rock-None Shall Pass 21 Aug 2008
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I've only been up on Aesop Rock for a couple of years now, so i cant really front like i know the history of/album progress Aesop has made since he's emerged. What i can tell you is that he is one of the most unique and odd style MC's out there-a true lyrical artist. In this time of uber-materialism, Aesop shuns away from that image,taking the listener down the rabbit hole, then detouring to a world of brain-warped tales and an unusual form of self-examination.

The production on 'None Shall Pass' is dope-the majority being done by his peer, 'Blockhead' as well as some tracks credited to himself as well as Rob Sonic & EL-P. Dont expect any type of 'Hippie-Hop,flower power beats' either...bass heavy, guitar-laced,funkdafied rhythms compliment his tricky wordplay on every track. As i've said before, his lyrics are exclusive only to a mind like his-try following and you'll lose yourself quick, but his timing with the music is on point making for a great track either way. If you're going to start somewhere with Aesop Rock, why not here? 5 outta 5.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This has Aesop Rock written all over it! 5 Oct 2007
By David King - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I am going to keep this review short and sweet. Personally, and I think others might agree, that when it comes to Aesop Rock, there is a certain expectation as to what it is going to sound like. Holy ****! Let me tell you this hits the nail on the head! Bang! It is much better, imo, than last years release "Fast cars, danger, fire & knives". The album is full of A.R.'s awesome flow perfectly complemented with music that is candy to your ears. I think it sounds best at night, but can most certainly be enjoyed at all times. 5 stars! BUT IT!!
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