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

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