None Shall Pass

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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. None Shall Pass is a record you can listen to over and over, simply in trying to decipher exactly what's being said, adding almost infinite replay value.
  4. It's good to hear our man Aes no longer forgoing pleasure in the pursuit of ambition.
  5. You can't decipher most of what he's saying, and sometimes you're better off. And the beats, provided variously by Blockhead, El-P, and Aesop himself, are rarely more than serviceable. Still, when things come together, as on the title track, we're reminded why many consider this guy the reigning champ of indie rap.
  6. It's Christmas come early, and None Shall Pass won't disappoint his fervent admirers.
  7. Blender
    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 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    Great album, with masterfully blended lyrics. One of my favorite albums of all time, you will listen to this only understanding half of theGreat 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
    10
    Beats and mostly rhymes, I'm down with that.
  3. K4SP3RDaGhost
    Nov 1, 2007
    10
    Aesop Rock... Is one of the best out there these days. One of the best out there period. 10/10 for sure
  4. JerryJ.
    Aug 31, 2007
    9
    Simply one of the greatest records of Aesop's career. More autonomous prose that will make all true Aesop disciples proud. The Simply one of the greatest records of Aesop's career. More autonomous prose that will make all true Aesop disciples proud. The production is phenomenal. Blockhead is back with a vengeance - but every beat is truly unique and worthy of two thumbs up. Fascinating lyrical landscapes; gritty and smokey and everything you love about Aes. Check out Coffee. Damn. Expand
  5. Jan 8, 2016
    9
    A classic. I loved this album and still listen to it all the time. I think it is one of Aesop's best albums. Hard beats and complicatedA classic. I loved this album and still listen to it all the time. I think it is one of Aesop's best albums. Hard beats and complicated lyrics. Some classic songs and great featured artists. And not for every hip hop fan either. It is very unique but worth a listen. Expand
  6. Agent
    Sep 7, 2007
    9
    Damn sick.
  7. SirSeverTheSunwalker
    Dec 1, 2007
    4
    This guy is teetering upon the edge of being absolutely intolerable.. The most infuriating thing is the same people who claim that rappers 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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