None Shall Pass - Aesop Rock
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  • Summary: Guest appearances by El-P, Cage, Breeze Brewin, Rob Sonic, and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats are featured on Aesop Rock's latest album.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. There's actual substance to unpack in the album, but Aesop's indomitable presence on record and his knotty co-production with Blockhead and El-P make what he says incidental to how he says it.
  2. Aesop Rock’s terrifically brooding new record.
  3. Essentially, it’s the effects of Aesop’s modesty that keeps him afloat above some of his equally skilled contemporaries. (This, in addition to the dope factor, more than makes up for the moment when the album overwhelms and shapes into a part-primal/part-industrial drone.)
  4. It's good to hear our man Aes no longer forgoing pleasure in the pursuit of ambition.
  5. 70
    [Aesop Rock's voice] Paired with the Long Island rapper's abstract, self-aware lyrics, it makes None Shall Pass a challenging, rewarding head trip. [Sep 2007, p.122]
  6. 60
    His vocal patterns on None Shall Pass are enthralling, but they mean absolutely nothing. [Sep/Oct 2007, p.127]
  7. 40
    Bitter, cold and insular, None Shall Pass is also profoundly (if proudly) out of step. [Sep 2007, p.124]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    Great album, with masterfully blended lyrics. One of my favorite albums of all time, you will listen to this only understanding half of the things he raps. All his songs will need 5+ listens to begin to comprehend his lyrics. Expand
  2. MettezR.
    Sep 24, 2007
    Beats and mostly rhymes, I'm down with that.
  3. K4SP3RDaGhost
    Nov 1, 2007
    Aesop Rock... Is one of the best out there these days. One of the best out there period. 10/10 for sure
  4. JordanG.
    Aug 31, 2007
    Wow, did it just get darker in here or is it just the world as written by Aesop? Faerie tales for the saturday morning cartoon breakfast cereal betrayed generation. Expand
  5. Ryan
    Sep 24, 2007
    What can you say about Aes except that he's enormously talented and he pretty much always delivers the goods. Dense, thought-provoking, and as always utterly compelling. He really is a singular and unique talent in the stale, lackluster, hip-hop landscape of recent memory. Representing Suffolk County NY( he's from Northport ) and indy music to the fullest. Blockhead's beats kill it for the most part like on the chilling title track, None Shall Pass. He really is an underrated, sick producer. Expand
  6. DrewS.
    Sep 4, 2007
    This record is a fantastic listen, superficially as well as more deeply. Dense lyrical delivery leave so much to be deconstructed, and the beats are intricately composed. And really, the songs just groove so well. Intriguing lyrics + thick, interesting beats = one hell of a record. Expand
  7. SirSeverTheSunwalker
    Dec 1, 2007
    This guy is teetering upon the edge of being absolutely intolerable.. The most infuriating thing is the same people who claim that rappers like Canibus are just incomprehensible nonsense, listen to this trash and herald it like it's dope. get this trash out of my face. Expand

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