Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass

I never cared much for hip-hop. There are a few rap songs that I enjoy - The Herbalizer's Blend, Red Snapper's The Sleepless - but in general, I find hip-hop irritating, boring, or both. I made a coupla failed efforts to learn to enjoy it, and then gave up.
But here, my policy of "giving it a chance" paid off again: Aesop Rock's album is my discovery of the year. I truly cannot stop listening to it. I usually have to take music of unfamiliar genre in small doses to build up my tolerance, but this one I can easily listen from beginning to the end without interruption and not get bored, but only want to hear it again. His lyrics and delivery are somewhat dense, but, for me, it's a plus: I like dadaist, free-associative lyrics better than "POP POP POP another motherfucker drop" and "Then some stupid with a flare gun / Burned the place to the ground".
See the wiki review collection in the right bar - the majority is four or five stars.

Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
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1. Keep Off the Lawn
2. None Shall Pass
3. Catacomb Kids
4. Bring Back Pluto
5. Fumes
6. Getaway Car
7. 39 Thieves
8. The Harbor Is Yours
9. Citronella
10. Gun for the Whole Family
11. Five Fingers
12. No City
13. Dark Heart News
14. Coffee


  1. This is great. For the record, rap is like everything else—there's a spectrum of it and the best can be hard to find. The majority of rap is not violent, but it gets no airplay. Try these: Solliloquists of Sound, Roots Manuva, Ty, SunGodSuns, Jazzy Jeff, Braintax, Pase Rock, Pete Rock, Seven Star, Talib Kweli, K-Os. I could go on and on. You'll find some or most of those groups worthwhile.

  2. Thanks for suggestions, I'll look into these.