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  • Summary: The debut album for the 23-year-old rapper from the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. The effortlessly cool beats, hooky choruses, and above all, his witty, super-fast flow indicate this skinny blond to be a genuinely talented star.
  2. Roth never floats sham tales of suburban hardship here. Instead, he just wants to have a good time--and for the most part, he provides one as well.
  3. That's the thing about Asleep In The Bread Aisle, it's all about promising potential, rather than the delivery of it.
  4. Roth's tight, witty debut lives up to the Internet hype that has swirled around him for months.
  5. The hook aspires to nothing, and so its nothingness is an anthem for do-nothing/think-nothing slacker types we like to imagine were listening to the Beastie Boys and Nirvana in 1994, but were probably listening to the aforementioned Dave Matthews.
  6. 50
    After that promising start [with 'I Love College' and 'Lark on My Go-Kart'], however, Asher loses focus. He floods the Bread Aisle with a series of interesting pop concepts ruined by bland choruses.
  7. Asleep feels less like an album of music meant to entertain than an assumption that you can actually bump a marketing plan in your cars and house parties.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. JohnD
    Apr 23, 2009
    9
    Catchy Suburban White - Boy Rap.. Solid fun from start to finish.
  2. JamesS.
    Apr 21, 2009
    8
    Love the saved by the bell stuff on lark on a go cart,who knows if the whole internet rapper thing will last though.Charels Hamilton and Wale are already a little bit stale to me.Overall I had to skip a few songs due to bordom but not bad a good summer album I give an 8. Expand
  3. A.H.
    Apr 22, 2009
    8
    Asher's album is out as of 4/20 The lyrics are relatable, real, creative, but lacking at time, his hooks/chorus' didn't do him too much justice.. though he uses experimental approaches i find interest in [blunt crusin]. Was hoping for some higher named features[kanye? pharrell?]. You can hear his appreciation for the music witch I admire[His Dream/The Reading] Has a good live concert vibe to a lot of them [She Don Expand
  4. JimmyP
    May 1, 2009
    6
    I think that this cd is a wasted opportunity. From those who heard his mixtape and other freestyles and stuff knows that this guy has talent. But it seems like that he tried to hard to please everybody with this album...Not a bad album just a disappointing one. Expand
  5. Feb 8, 2012
    6
    I have mad respect for Asher Roth. The Greenhouse Effect, Seared Foie Gras and Pabst & Jazz are all classics in my book. And asleep in the bread aisle does not show Asher's ability at all. As I Em, Lark on my Go Kart, and Fallin are my faves. Expand
  6. MardyB
    Apr 22, 2009
    0
    Witty? Seriously? A majority of his rhymes are done for the SAKE of rhyming, not a flowing concept. This guy is a hack, and he's turning into the creepy guy lurking at college parties wishing to relive those years of pretending responsibility doesn't exist. Expand
  7. Ben
    Apr 27, 2009
    0
    This CD is terrible. He rhymes a bunch of random things together that makes absolutely no sense at all. He doesn't sing or rap, he just talks to terrible "beats". No talent at all. Most of all, he has no flow or rhythm. Expand