5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: None Shall Pass (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.