Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The music alone nearly justifies the cost, improving on the dense atmosphere pervading Aesop's mostly self-produced Bazooka Tooth, and returning ace producer Blockhead to his prime role in the control chair.
  2. With the quality and effort put into this release, Def Jux and Aesop Rock have done what every EP should do, provide something of unique value and create anticipation for future releases.
  3. 70
    Further evidence of his dazzling wordplay. [May 2005, p.103]
  4. Impenetrable in the extreme. [Apr 2005, p.118]
  5. Rock's marathon verses are so long and involved that it takes a few listens just to digest them, which their density and harshness makes a little daunting.
  6. 75
    Songs like "Fast Cars"... are gregarious, just like the beats, which are playful where Bazooka was ponderous. [Mar 2005, p.85]
  7. 70
    He can go from dazzling to deadeningly dense over LP lengths, so this smaller dose is appealing. [Apr 2005, p.112]
  8. Fluff-heavy, Fast Cars snitches on the upcoming full-length: Blockhead better be back on beats, because Bavitz is moving in a sparse, faux-spacey direction that sounds bored compared to his busy work on Bazooka Tooth, Labor Days, and Daylight. But since there’s always going to be two or three songs on any Aesop release that deserve your Jukie-Board sig file, and especially since the The Living Human Curiosity Sideshow finally allows the listener to figure out what the lyrics to those great songs are, this one is just barely worth your lunch money as well.
  9. Falling over his lines in lung-collapsing fashion, Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives grafts special-ops gadgetry onto the framework of T La Rock's classic pronouncement of empowerment.
  10. 70
    Blockhead blesses three tracks with sublime beats, proving what a pair they make. [Mar 2005, p.118]
  11. This level of gross hallucination could risk indulgence... But for straight-up bad vibes to the head, Fast Cars is compelling. [#252, p.67]
  12. Fast Cars is volatile, angry, and certainly unappreciative of the current administration (especially its war policy). Fortunately, Aesop Rock manages to criticize without losing the beat.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JohnB
    Sep 12, 2006
    10
    Idea, Blockhead, Atmosphere, Aesop Rock! What?! Who the fuck you think left them cracks in your sidewalk
  2. BriffeD
    May 23, 2005
    9
    Great album... While consuming the Bazooka, he stumbles in with Fast cars.... I'm taken by surprise..
  3. AdRock
    Mar 12, 2005
    8
    Agreed, FCDF&K seems to pick up where labor days and daylight left off. Blockhead's beats are clean and vibrant complimenting Aes' Agreed, FCDF&K seems to pick up where labor days and daylight left off. Blockhead's beats are clean and vibrant complimenting Aes' flow well (something I believe Aesop must have to make his rhymestyle and message concise and paletteable to a broader audience). If these two stick together and continue down the path they're on now expect great.., groundbreakin things to come from them in the future Full Review »