Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Asleep in the Bread Isle is an everyday suburban rap album, if there is such a thing.
  2. Asleep in the Bread Aisle is promising, if unspectacular.
  3. Roth's tight, witty debut lives up to the Internet hype that has swirled around him for months.
  4. 60
    Get past Roth’s pinched-sinus tone and penchant for overpronounced internal rhyme and he is a different animal [than Eminem].
  5. 60
    While Roth's delivery is smart, the subject matter can feel like the work of someone playing dumb. [Jul 2009, p.91]
  6. 50
    Unburdened by Kanye's melancholia or Eminem's vertiginousness, Roth is perfectly likable, and perfectly bland.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This isn’t a horrible album, just a really boring one. What a disappointment.
  10. He's a decent rather than amazing lyricist, sporadically witty rather than hilarious: but the odd good line isn't enough to cover up the lack of material.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 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 Full Review »
  3. 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 theI 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. Full Review »