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Labor Days

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  • Audio CD (24 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Definitive Jux
  • ASIN: B00005O4UY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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With Labor Days, his first release on New York independent hip-hop label Def Jux, run by Company Flow's El-P, Aesop Rock exceeds the promise of his early limited edition albums (Music For Earthworms, Appleseed and Float), confirming himself as a modern day Gil Scott Heron. A hyper realist and as cynical as they come, but engaging with it, Aesop's gritty tales of street-life are a million blocks away from the cash-guns-girls glamour of his major label counter-parts. His rhymes dissect the mundane everyday slog, depicting a society long past caring, and too caught up in the daily grind to notice. Pouring his deepest thoughts over mournful backing tracks of down-tempo ghetto funk, cinematic grooves, sleazy jazz laments or eastern influenced orchestrals--and in the case of "Battery" all at once--Labor Days is a powerful concoction. Granted it's gloomy, but his dexterous flows and the social commentary delivered in his caustic couplets--see Coma's scathing attack on society's lethargy "If the revolution ain't gonna be televised, f*ck I'll probably miss it"--are imbued with a level of intellect that's refreshing to say the least. --Dan Gennoe

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Format: Audio CD
Aesop rock is a master of his art, the embodyment of originality. you won't ever be able to grasp how good this album actually is, its like a never-ending drip of lyrical, musical and mental asthetic pleasure. Not only has he almost created his own language in his method of delivery but the content too leaves even the most detailed critical decipherers lost! when you buy this album, and you will if you have sense, it will grow inside you. even if on first listen you feel he's trying to be too original or pretentious you will prove yourself wrong, it speaks for you. of all his albums labour days and float are inspirational in a subliminal and sublime way. buy them, then get the rest! obviously the whole album is good, it just depends what your looking for. I admit, like everyone, beats and flow are what rock a tune, so listen to "no regrets" over and over and over again!!!!!
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I'm generally speaking not what I'd class as a massive fan of hip hop, with my tastes, whilst eclectic, much more rock/alternative-oriented (e.g. Radiohead, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The National, The Black Keys, etc.). So Aesop Rock came as a bit of a revelation to me.

I actually got into his music via None Shall Pass and Skelethon, both of which I fell in love with pretty much the moment I heard them. I then picked up Float, which I found a bit raw and stripped back (but still good). So I was a little cautious getting Labour Days, having read that it served as a bit of a bridge between the two 'sounds'. I'm glad I took the plunge though, and understand why the album is so well-regarded.

I'd try to talk through why I like the sound and highlights from the album, but I know so little about the genre that I'd just make a fool of myself... Basically, I'd urge anyone who is into music to give this (or any of his more recent stuff) a go, because it's just great, intelligent music, with some amazing lyrics about the grind of daily life, in which I find more meaning with every listen. Definitely with a go!
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Format: Audio CD
this album is fantastic...no other way to describe it. It takes some getting into, it is not like your average hip hop album from the likes of Jay Z or Tupac. This is completely different, with the choppy flow of Aesop sounding more like poetry mixed with underground lyricism. It is very abstract and metaphorical, but after a couple of listens you wont be able to turn it off, you will just be desperate to catch on to some more of the complex nature of his lyrics. Give it a chance....you will find it a dimond in the rough
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Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best albums I have ever listened to. It is packed with incredible lyrics over excellent beats. Aesop rock is definately one of the best lyricists around which he proves on this album. All of these songs have good meaning just it is hard at first to understand what is being told. This is because most of aesops lyricism is very metaphorical and complex. Which makes it great to listen to. Aesop shows he is very wise and you learn alot from listening to him. I have never heard a rapper like him which is a shame because i would love to hear more rap like this. For everyone out there this is a must have even if this album was on sale for £50 you still will not regret buying it.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Anyone with any appreiciation for hip-hop/rap music should have this album in some form or another in their collection. I'd also urge anyone who says they do not like the aforementioned genre to listen to this and then re-evaluate thier opinion. Aesop truly branches out to many spectrums within this album, mixing his absurdly brilliant lyricism, his witty rhymes and his variability of his syllable tempo with some deep and complex beats to make labor days a true pleasure to listen to. To me, this is a hugely underrated album and should be more widely recognised as an album that has moved forward the alternative rap scene.
I am particularly pleased that Aesop chose to rerelease this masterpiece on the medium which it sits best in: Vinyl. It gives a depth this album yearns for in other forms.
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