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  • Summary: El-P and Mr. Lif guest on Aesop Rock's second LP for the Def Jux label.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. It helps to enjoy Aesop's oscillating growl simply as an instrument, considering it may take months before his endless, seemingly im-parse-able, might-be metaphors start making sense.
  2. Even if it won't hit you on the first listen, Bazooka Tooth remains a strong outing from one of underground hip-hop's most talented, thanks to its unprecedented wealth of lyrical depth and truly individual production style.
  3. There's no question Aesop Rock makes essentially no sense half the time. The other half, he's painting abstract art all over fractured soundscapes. The music is smart and progressive; it's also pretentious and challenging.
  4. 70
    Every time you think you've got to the bottom of a particular song, another layer of intrigue presents itself. [Oct 2003, p.118]
  5. It radiates with a confidence fuelled by acolytes and its fun is infectious. But... the angry cynicism coursing through the album creates a distance between its maker and the listener. [#237, p.53]
  6. 70
    In small doses (songs, verses, lines), Aesop's latest is a brutally great argument that hip-hop's new-new-new-new-new-school is as creative as its oldest. [Nov 2003, p.88]
  7. Way too much of Bazooka Tooth is purely ego nonsense.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. amandan
    Feb 6, 2004
    10
    I absolutely love "bazooka tooth" Ace Rock continues to set new standards for other artists, and 'bazooka tooth" is no exception. buy I absolutely love "bazooka tooth" Ace Rock continues to set new standards for other artists, and 'bazooka tooth" is no exception. buy it. trust me. Collapse
  2. DonM
    Oct 25, 2003
    10
    Ace Rock is a man apart. Others may have similarly intelligent raps, others may have equally as impressive and progressive production, Others Ace Rock is a man apart. Others may have similarly intelligent raps, others may have equally as impressive and progressive production, Others rapping style may be just as singular and unique. But Aesop Rock is a 10 in all categories. And Bazooka Tooth exemplifies this as well as all his previous LP's and EP's. Expand
  3. PhilipD
    Nov 24, 2003
    10
    The man with the magical bag of raps is back, and his jukkie friends are with him again. The pied piper of rap is now officially made his way The man with the magical bag of raps is back, and his jukkie friends are with him again. The pied piper of rap is now officially made his way to the front gate of commericial hip-hop and is ready to blow it down with his bazooka-tooth. Expand
  4. KennyM
    Feb 14, 2007
    9
    A great album, but i miss blockhead, who is only producing for three tracks on this album and who is a staple on other aes albums like float, A great album, but i miss blockhead, who is only producing for three tracks on this album and who is a staple on other aes albums like float, labor days, and fast cars. buy it but buy other releases as well. Expand
  5. AlanB
    Mar 31, 2004
    8
    "Bazooka Tooth" is a solid album, but in the shadow of its predecessor, "Labor Days," it leaves something to be desired. Some of the sampling "Bazooka Tooth" is a solid album, but in the shadow of its predecessor, "Labor Days," it leaves something to be desired. Some of the sampling is a little too dense and busy, but its all worth it to hear 11:35. Ace Rock is still a master poet. Expand