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Bazooka Tooth [Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics]

Aesop Rock Audio CD
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1. Bazooka Tooth
2. NY Electric
3. Easy
4. No Jumper Cables
5. Limelighter
6. Super Fluke
7. Cook It Up
8. Freeze
9. We're Famous
10. Babies With Guns
11. The Greatest Pac-Man Victory Ever
12. Frijoles
13. 11:35
14. Kill The Messenger
15. Mars Attacks

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The MC Paul Barman-friendly raps flipped by Aesop on his acclaimed 2001 Labor Days release generally didn’t register on most hip hop traditionalists scales. And Bazooka proves that he’s even less interested in appeasing the boom bap crowd. On "We’re Famous", Def Jux label head El-P and Aesop go after the, ahem, critics who might not view their futuro sound collages as legit hip hop. El-P raps "I laugh at critics claiming, 'Hip-hop’s over'/ F*** you, hip-hop just started." This being the first release where he handles the bulk of the production, Aesop intentionally goes all Def Jux, programming as many ultramodern found soundscapes on "NY Electric" and "The Greatest Pac-Man Victory Ever" (peep the sampled sounds from the classic video game) as is alienly possible. While his wordy and nearly incomprehensible verses on "Freeze" or "Mars Attacks" will either grate on the nerves or rate near genius, middling they’re not. It’s just a shame that the lack of soul in his rotating rap deliveries tends to undermine his masterful storytelling capabilities (like, who else writes brilliantly random songs about goings on in their life at 11:35 P.M. on January 21st ("11:35")). Fabolous fans run for cover, this is extreme backpacker rap at its grimiest. --Dalton Higgins

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every hero dead and it's making you forget... July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my second review of this CD, and I felt it had to be written. Eh, here goes...
To start, this is an angrier, sharper, and much more incisive Aes Rock than Float or Labor Days. Bazooka Tooth is the polar opposite of these releases. It's hard, grimy, glitched to hell and back, and to be truthful, everything I wanted from Aes that he never gave until now.
Most of the complaints about the album have focused around the production work. It's stark, heavy, very electronic, and sounds NOTHING like anyone has every done. This has been a major turn off for what seems like a bunch of people. I say this stuff is as fresh as you can get. If this was an instrumental album, I'd bet all of my money on people drooling all over it. EVERY, and I mean EVERY track is on point. Just check the LSD crawl of "Greatest Pacman Victory in History". The background noises always grab my attention everytime, until I'm more interested in the beat than what's being said. I think I might be the only person who thinks that the beat of "Super Fluke" is genius. The smooth jazz instrumental being strangled by a clumsy beat just slays me. Who thinks of stuff like this? Aesop Rock gets my vote for greatest producer EVER for this one.
Others have complained of his delievery on this CD. Frankly, his delivery on this album would have sounded like a joke if he kept the sound of his previous works. Aes has turned his voice up a few notches, and his words have more flesh on their bones. I mean, damn, this stuff is on edge. Some of it is pretty impenetrable, but over time, you'll catch what he's saying. And you'll be floored. This isn't fridge magnet writing, despite what anyone says. No fear in placing what's in his head on paper. 10 months later, I'm hearing some of his lines for the first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bazooka Tooth July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
So much has been said already in these reviews, I just wanted to chip in with a few points I think need to be made.
There seem to be two camps of people writing here: those who want to dismiss the lyrics Aesop Rock writes as gibberish, and pretentious jerks who dismiss the former as just "not getting" the music. I fall somewhere in between I think; I enjoy the lyricism alot, but I would certainly not claim to fully comprehend the essense of every song. I like the wordplay and rhyme schemes alot, as well as the interesting images played on in the verses, and I think these, as well as the persuit of comprehension make Aesop Rock's music worth listening to.
As for the production, which many have griped about, I used to share this opinion, but after sitting down and cranking my speakers and listening to the whole album from beginning to end, I really started digging the beats. I had heard Labor Days before, and loved it, and my initial reaction to Bazooka Tooth was disappointment at the difference in production, but it grew on me. Seriously listen on a good sound system before you become judgemental.
I guess, in summation, I'd like to say that Bazooka Tooth is a great album, definitely worth picking up, but best listened to with an open mind, and LOUD.
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Thanks to the reviewer below for informing me that 'jabberwocky' is an allusion to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. He (I assume they're a he) continues: "for those of that know what [Aesop's] talking 'bout it's just really awesome the way it fits right into the image he paints with that line." I think that last line exposes the level of condescension that exists amongst many Anticon/Aesop fans. According to them, non-believers (like me) are intellectually incapable of appreciating their heroes' linguistic genius. As it happens, I did get the Jabberwocky reference the first time, being quite a fan of the lysergic-tinged works of the good Reverend Dodgson (that Carroll's real name, nitpickers). It's not as though Jabberwocky is the most obscure literary reference (it's in the default dictionary in Word 2002 for Chri'sake), so get off your high horses and smell the stench. I will award the Order of the White Wig Slang Wolf Gang to anyone who can elucidate on an Aesop couplet without sounding like a pretentious fool. Try addressing any of my other criticisms, if you dare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-funk beyond anything else June 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album may not hook you immediately, especially if you don't listen to other music with lyrics as dense as these or production as jarring and confrontational. But once you listen carefully a whole world opens up and pulls you in.
For example, take "The Greatest Pac-Man Victory in History". This song is about Aesop's last summer of freedom from the responsibilities of the world, work, and full adulthood. But it's also about his friend's goal to beat Pac-Man while on LSD. The detail here and the subtle way Aesop shifts his focus--wide, narrow, and bizarre--throughout single verses and the whole song is great. In the final verse, the LSD takes over: every word is part of a L-S-D sequence as he twists out lines like:
"Little soliders develop like serpents despite life sentence
ducking lemmings
Some don't like sobriety's dirty lenses
Some do, let sleeping dogs lie still"
Another review criticizes Aesop for spitting meaningless lines that are "beyond parody". Specifically he quotes this one: "Walking like a jabberwalkie scalping a one-way pair of tickets to shadowboxing". And wonders if 'jabberwalkie' is a typo. Well , yeah it is. It's 'jabberwocky' and it's not meaningless. It's an allusion to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. So, yeah maybe it might be taken as pretentious, but for those of that know what he's talking 'bout it's just really awesome the way it fits right into the image he paints with that line.
My criticisms of this album are that I can't find the groove of "No Jumper Cables" and Vast Air should have actually rapped on "New York Electric".
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lost Aesop verse discovered under pyramids
Absurd long-words perform surgical intrusions,
Impeding the brain with cranial confusions,
Convoluted metaphors create pompous delusions,
Leaving cyberpseuds with... Read more
Published on July 2 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Aesop Not
Most rebukes to the beardo consensus regarding Anticon etc consist of some chimp writing "I H8 WACK NERD RAPPAS" or something, giving the chin-stroker an even greater... Read more
Published on June 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Great After 3 or 4 months
Aesop Rock is climbing more and more into the spotlight with his newest release- Bazooka Tooth.
As always he is doing about 80%-90% of the production along with Blockhead and... Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by J. McQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliance
Ok, here's the deal. For those of you who didn't like this album, it's probably either because this was your first expericence with Ace Rock, or you just didn't listen to it... Read more
Published on April 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One word: Fresh.
Bazooka Tooth is simply alternative rap at its finest. Aesop's production is more than far out, it's in deep space and that's exactly where it needs to be. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Maxx
4.0 out of 5 stars A JackHammer Is So Real...
I have to state first, that Def Jux is not for everyone, the artists on this label do not make conventional hip hop, this is the reason that I thought this album was trash the... Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by Jaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Dental Cannons... Molar Pistols
straight from the "Rotten Apple"... Bazooka Tooth is way better than Labor Days... I always thought Labor Days was Aesop Rocks' weakest effort though... Read more
Published on April 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars aesop rock - bazooka tooth
I picked up this cd a few weeks ago and I've been listening to it non-stop since. It's amazing. I've like it so much that I've actually went out and bought some more aesop and am... Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by "ms9711"
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's this cat Dalton Higgins think he is---well U SUCK
Hey Dalton Higgins boy why don't you try writing a better editorial review for my man aesop rock??what the hell does he have to do with faboulous?? Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by Aesop_Rock
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