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None Shall Pass

Aesop RockAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)


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listen  1. Keep Off The LawnAesop Rock 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. None Shall PassAesop Rock 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Catacomb KidsAesop Rock 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bring Back PlutoAesop Rock 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. FumesAesop Rock 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Getaway CarAesop Rock, Breeze Brewin, Cage 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. The Harbor Is YoursAesop Rock 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Gun For The Whole FamilyAesop Rock, El-P 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Five FingersAesop Rock 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. No CityAesop Rock 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Dark Heart NewsAesop Rock, Rob Sonic 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. CoffeeAesop Rock, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats 9:34$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jux
  • ASIN: B000SNUMA2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Aesop Rock has always avoided courting mass appeal in favor of lyrically battering tomes and musically unrelenting blitzkrieg. With None Shall Pass, things have changed. There's nothing like a brisk jog to help chill out a few notches, so after the digital-only release All Day--an album in conjunction with Nike, meant to be heard while on a 45-minute run--it's no surprise that the following album from indie hip-hop's most aggressive MC is radically more accessible than his previously feral discography. Throughout, None Shall Pass supports the rapid-fire delivery and surreal world-view that longtime fans have come to adore, but finally, Aesop throws the masses a bone via backing tracks loaded with hooks aplenty and riffs to spare. "Catacomb Kids" spins a coming-of-age tale atop a guitar line worthy of the best in early '90s rap-rock. "Fumes" stutters forth on the most slithering, syncopated drum cadence in the whole Aesop archive. The ambling instrumental behind "No City" is a dead ringer for Portishead. All told, only a few of these songs sidestep a new commitment to accessibility that should mark None Shall Pass as Aesop Rock's breakout record. At last. --Jason Kirk

Product Description

Created over a 2 year period following his last release, None Shall Pass documents not only a vast amount of personal change that Aesop experienced over this time, but also deftly depicts scenes and stories relative to all ages of life. The majority of production duties have been handled by Aesop's longtime partner Blockhead, while label mates El-P and Rob Sonic each make offerings. Aesop himself confidently produces a handful of his own tracks as well.

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! August 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I think that the majority of Aesop fans got worried around the release of Bazooka Tooth that one of the best rappers in the underground scene was losing his touch. Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives did little to assuage that worry.

For me, at least, this latest album was going to be all or nothing. If it sucked, then it meant I would have to come to terms with the fact that there might not be another Labor Days, and that Aesop might have run out of ideas. If it was good, though, then his mediocre last two albums would be forgiven as nothing but a phase, a testing of a style that didn't necessarily work. Aesop would be back.

Fortunately, the latter was true. But don't take that to mean that this is another Labor Days or another Float. This album has a different sound, a different style, and a different direction than anything Aesop has done before. In my personal opinion, it doesn't quite reach the lyrical greatness of his pre-Bazooka work, but it succeeds where Bazooka Tooth failed in that it is actually fun to listen to. The production is absolutely stellar (with the exception of one sub-par track from Rob Sonic), with head-nodders and melodic masterpieces throughout. The guest spots are well-integrated, well-planned, and few enough to avoid the disjointed feel that plagues so many rap albums.

Aesop's lyrics are as cryptic as ever, a quality that has never really allowed him to be popular in the mainstream, but has made him an icon in the underground. His songs require patience and active decoding. Anyone familiar with Aesop's work knows that the true concepts and messages of his songs lie buried in a thick mesh of obscure cultural references, little-known slang, inside jokes, and complex metaphors.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How does he keep doing it??? April 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
So, to me, it seems that early on in their careers rappers/emcees need to decide if they're going to be class A or class B:

class A releases a couple amazing albums but then becomes artistically spent and sticks around as a hollow shell of their former selves selling albums on reputation and glimpses of their former glory: Nas, Eminem, 50 come to mind.

Then there's class B whom you have to wait ages for new material, but when it finally comes out they continue to amaze: Breeze Brewin, Dr. Dre, El-P.

Then there's Aesop Rock, who's in a class of his own. He doesn't let more than a couple years go between an EP or LP, and seemed to drop amazing versus on everyone else's album in between, and yet with every new release the quality is easily as good as the previous one, if not better. It blows my mind when a rapper is as prolific and inexhaustible as AR is. Aesop doesn't try to draw fake buckets from his empty artist's well, rather I picture his well overflowing nonstop and it's all he can do to attempt to frantically catch even half of it.

Although Blockhead is back I don't really see this as a step backward toward Labor Days and Float like others seem to. Everything is so refined and AR seems so comfortable and at home (almost in an "I'm dope and know it" sort of way) just as he was in Fast Cars and Bazooka.

One nice innovation that worked out splendidly was the live instrumentation including the guitar riffs his wife lays down. As soon as I heard it scorch into the opening track I was like "oh, no you didn't just tastefully share a track w/ block and Aes did you! yes you did!" It works perfectly and it's yet another new take/direction for AR musically.

All in all, the realist in me keeps waiting for Aesop to stop either dropping so frequently or become a hollow shell of his former self, but the fan wanting both quality and quantity has yet to be disappointed. Here's to having our cake and eating it too!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising Aesop? No. But still damn good. September 30, 2007
By Maxx
Format:Audio CD
I must be one of the few who really loved Aes' new direction that he flaunted on Bazooka Tooth and Fast Cars. Those albums were a marked departure from all of his previous work and showed intense progression towards a more confrontational, swagga-laden hip hop style.

That's all gone on this record.
His older style makes its celebrated return, making for an album less incendiary than its predecessors, but still a very strong effort. For the stories Aesop wanted to tell, I suppose his old style was the only way to do it. I was a bit disappointed on first spin, but since then this record has really grown on me. Once the tales sink their teeth into your neck, these tracks deliver some of the most concrete ideas of his career.

To balance it all out, there are still a couple tracks where the message is typically cryptic (Popcorn, eh?). The Aesop faithful wouldn't have it any other way, but since this album is...a step backward in my book (no offense), I can't help but wonder what this album would be like if the songs were as self-explanatory as "No Regrets" (off Labor Days), as communication appears to be what he's going for. Some tracks are, others are not.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aesop Rock-None Shall Pass August 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've only been up on Aesop Rock for a couple of years now, so i cant really front like i know the history of/album progress Aesop has made since he's emerged. What i can tell you is that he is one of the most unique and odd style MC's out there-a true lyrical artist. In this time of uber-materialism, Aesop shuns away from that image,taking the listener down the rabbit hole, then detouring to a world of brain-warped tales and an unusual form of self-examination.

The production on 'None Shall Pass' is dope-the majority being done by his peer, 'Blockhead' as well as some tracks credited to himself as well as Rob Sonic & EL-P. Dont expect any type of 'Hippie-Hop,flower power beats' either...bass heavy, guitar-laced,funkdafied rhythms compliment his tricky wordplay on every track. As i've said before, his lyrics are exclusive only to a mind like his-try following and you'll lose yourself quick, but his timing with the music is on point making for a great track either way. If you're going to start somewhere with Aesop Rock, why not here? 5 outta 5.
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I saw on the internet where some guy took the lyrics of a bunch of rappers and counted to see how many different words they used. The nearest group was the Wu-Tang Clan. Read more
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As for through Amazon - the sound quality is just fine, well worth the few bucks. If you're considering it - go for it.
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I've been an Aesop fan for a while now, but they never had any of the albums in the stores I go to, just a divider with his name and a big lot of nothing. Read more
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