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Skelethon [Explicit Lyrics]

Aesop RockAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B008024OFW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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Editorial Reviews

Aesop Rock is an American hip hop artist/producer, lauded for his unique approach to storytelling with dense and abstract word play, a style which all but revolutionized the world of independent hip hop. A follow up to his critically acclaimed album None Shall Pass, Aesop Rocks's 2012 album Skelethon not only sees the rapper back waxing poetically on his own but also marks his first wholly self-produced effort. While the sounds are familiar, we see Aesop venturing in some exciting new directions with appearances from Kimya Dawson, Allyson Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aesop Rock - Skelethon Review July 10, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Since his post-None Shall Pass (2007) hiatus, Aesop Rock's work has been a mixed bag. Hail Mary Mallon's Are You Going To Eat That? (2011) lacked the heart and elegant lyricism that made me the die-hard Aesop Rock fan I have been for the past seven years, and to be honest it begrimed my image of Aesop Rock. When Skelethon was announced I became immediately apprehensive, but hopeful. That hope was rewarded.

The fifteen tracks on Skelethon not only live up to Aesop Rock's reputation of writing congested and equivocal lyrics that reveal something new with every listen, but Skelethon is proof that Aesop Rock has improved his technique in every respect.

Skelethon is a more upbeat album than fans like myself are used to, and it compliments Aesop's lyrics and delivery beautifully. Every track is inwrought with more heart than I've seen since the Daylight EP (2002). This album is unique in that listeners will not only be translating tongue-twisting stories slightly reminiscent of "No Regrets" from Labor Days (2001), but this album occasionally serves as an autobiography of Ian Bavitz himself. "Gopher Guts," the last track on Skelethon, is a direct relative of "One of Four" from the Daylight EP. Aesop raps about Camu Tao, his own childhood, bouts of self-loathing, and his current frustrations. Aesop Rock's lyrics have actually improved, and have taken on an almost Tom Waits-ian edge, which I love.

Skelethon is the only Aesop Rock album where Aesop's voice and delivery slightly vary from all of his past work--in a good way. In several tracks Aesop seems to be, for lack of a better description, playing and experimenting with his voice in ways I can't recall him doing ever before.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CENSORED (the material is great) July 11, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
My MP3 download purchase is the censored version, which is unlabeled anywhere that I can see it. Pretty disappointing.

I'm hoping when my CD arrives it's not the same or I'll be sending it back. Still giving 5 stars for the amazing music but I want people to be aware they're buying the chopped up MP3 files.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "P.S. I Wrote This On A Self-Destructing Memo" July 10, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I begin with commentary for those not accustom to the ways of Aesop Rock:

-This album is unlike any other album in your library, guaranteed.

-You can expect the production on each and every song--all produced by Aes himself--to possess their own distinctive pulse and energetic force, and you can expect each song's language to fire impeccably effortless, cryptic, passionate lyrics in a style indigenous to all Aesop albums.

-Do not, however, expect these songs to present clear and succinct messages.

-Do not get frustrated when these songs do not present clear and succinct messages.

-Rather, here is my ultimate advice: (1) Buy Skelethon! (2) Patiently watch the mp3 file load into your iTunes library---(3) optional, though highly recommended, buy the hard copy as well for the super cool art work and full lyrics---(4) Press play (5) Listen (6) Let your imagination wander and (7) MOST IMPORTANTLY, enjoy the music and let it take you somewhere you've never been.

For those accustom to Aes:

I'm not going to tell you anything you already, and with that I'll keep it brief. About this album:
This album contains the playfulness explored in Hail Mary Mallon. This album contains some of the most personal, intense, and introspective tracks that Aes has ever recorded. This album offers narratives, both serious and humorous, and equally inventive. This album is a narrative. This album is dark. This album is quirky. This album is as abstruse as anything Aesop has ever penned. This album is the manifest culmination of Aes' growth (from Appleseed to Skelethon) as a truly profound and ingenious contemporary artist. This album is as original and daring as any album Aesop has ever created (or at the very least published).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I wish I can express how much I like this album in a way that does justice to Aesop Rock's ability. This album is excellent, 5 BIG stars! Another classic from one of my all time favorites.

Skelethon is energetic, muddy, cool, mischievous, and complex. When I am in any of these moods, this album fits. The lyrics are, like almost all of his work, brilliantly succinct yet jam packed of metaphors, depth and poetry. Piecing together the meaning in little bits over time yields almost infinite playability. Skelethon is revealing itself to be no different than Labor Days or None Shall Pass in that regard. The main difference between this album and his other albums is that he has never been better technically. His flow matches the beat and melody like never before. Perhaps the fact that AR produced this album is a big reason why it works so well.

Big stand out tracks for me are...
Crows 1

Ruby 81 took my breath away the first time I listened to it (I have a 2 yr old son and can relate to this fear)

"I have been a hypocrite by sermonizing tolerance while skimming for a ministry to pretzel." God he's good.

Update. I just spent an additional $12 to get the deluxe version. The two bonus tracks and the lyrics are totally worth it. Plus we all need to vote for good music by investing in the artists, not stealing from them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of his best work with great production
The title of my review is enough..He really did a great job on this album, although there are is only 1 track I'd probably skip the of the tracks are solid.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Widow0420
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
Great gift for my significant other. He listens to it daily and thanked me profusely for getting this album for him. From what I've heard, its a pretty good album.
Published 10 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect follow up to None Shall Pass
5 years was a long time to wait for a new record, but it was clearly worth it. This album is amazing, from beats to lyrics to delivery... Read more
Published 10 months ago by LadySmarmalade
5.0 out of 5 stars New classic.
Aesop hasn't put anything out this good in years, It feels and sounds like a labor of love and got solid rotation in my music selection for 3 straight months. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paul M. Wagner
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Solid album, but not his best work. There are some tracks that sound like afterthoughts, but a good listen otherwise.
Published 15 months ago by Matthew J. Baillie
5.0 out of 5 stars Aesop Rocks
I'm happy. I love this album. and the graphics in the digital booklet are sweet. I need 5 more words.
Published 16 months ago by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Aesop Rock-
Rockin these socks once again! Clean album. Non-stop on loop. Can't wait to see him perform this live- will be staying away from haircuts though- fa sho -Antonay
Published 17 months ago by Antonay Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album!
Well written and rapped. I enjoyed every track. Whether you are new to Aes, or have been listening for years, this album is definitely worth every penny.
Published 17 months ago by Andrew Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars aesops most solid album to date.
Most of the songs on this album are solid. But no stand outs like his previous albums. If I had to recommend one song to download I'd say the whole album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars YES
I love this album. I mean, I love all of his albums so far - so that's not saying much. As to whether or not YOU'LL like it - here's the deal:

If you're totally into the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Joshua P. Burns
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