Asher Roth
Asleep In The Bread Aisle


1.5
very poor

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
April 20th, 2009 | 132 replies | 22,195 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Less taste and texture than Wonderbread - continuously outshined by guest appearances and production.

Mario Kart, munchies, Madden, suburbs, Sublime-posturing, pre-pubescent socio-political musings… Asleep in the Bread Aisle has all the ingredients for anthemic frat-party bro-hop. Raised in the suburbs (the far-outlying suburbs to be precise) of Philadelphia, Asher Roth paints a picture one would expect from homogeneous experiences and a biblically allusive name. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, especially when delving into the metaphysical or even the mildly interesting. Even then, some artists excel at making light, care-free party music – see pre-808’s/ Louis Vitton Kanye for a good example. The thing is, Roth tries to do both here – but is by no means a renaissance man; instead, he recreates the very essence of Wonderbread through music.

Some rappers excel with a sludgy, down-tempo flow (see personal favorite Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox), but the amateur inflection and lazy attitude prevailing throughout Bread Aisle really emphasize Roth’s inadequacy. Riveting lines such as "I am champ-i-on, at beer pong, Allen Iver-son, Hakeem Olaju-won" suggest a creative process involving 2 AM high freestyling. Speaking of “College”, he not only "can’t tell you what [he] learned from school" (to the tune of collegiate-mutated Weezer), but foolishly suggests over-contraception in the form of multiple condoms… bringing virginity status to question. Unfortunately, Roth has verses in follow-up “Bad Day” (Jazze Pha’s chorus really isn’t that bad); leaving a really uncomfortable plane ride "in need of weed and boxer briefs, but [his] bag’s only got maxis", one can only brace for the racism and misogyny to come at the end of the night in his hotel: "Right then there’s a knock at the door, it’s my last hope for a Spanish whore, who will change my sheets in exchange for penis. Jesus, this day is the worst." Jesus this song is the worst.

Rounding out the record with refuting comparison to Eminem (as if there was any question), an okay beat-and-hook in "Fallin" (but ruined by a Ben Kweller sample), and uninspired guest performances from Beanie Sigel and Busta (I don’t even remember what he said), Asher Roth’s pseudo-intellectual musing of “Sour Patch Kids” is truly memorable. Amidst an unfortunately Smashmouth-inspired, funk-rock-something beat, the fraternity audience is bombarded with generalities somewhat related to how the "poor get poorer, the rich just get richer." But most incredibly, Roth’s discussion on world hunger and civil unrest proves most amusing: "We go hungry in our own country, I wonder what it’s like living in Hungary… [blah blah]… streets turn to a game of rugby." I’m sorry Mr. Roth, but "Hungary" isn't the most convenient rhyme; living in Hungary isn’t that bad, and gang warfare isn’t like what you saw in “Gangs of New York” anymore.

Listen to the guest performances if you dare; just tune out the pedestrian rapping.



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Terron Moore (2.5)
OH MY GOD! DUDE! HE SAID COLLEGE! I'M IN COLLEGE! I'M TOTALLY BUYING THIS ALBUM!...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
NebSnurb
April 20th 2009


535 Comments


Im sure this is fucking awful, after hearing the single.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 20th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

This was released on 4/20, now isn't that hilarious

Tits McGee
April 20th 2009


1876 Comments


whoah man he sure is clever

album is probably fucking awful

gaslightanthem
April 20th 2009


5209 Comments


all my friend's think 'i love college' is amazing & then wonder why i don't take their opinion on music seriously

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 20th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

i was so embarassed to have this in my last.fm, so i turned my scrobbler off and deleted the couple tracks i already scrobbled.

kitsch
April 20th 2009


5107 Comments


"Riveting lines such as "I am champ-i-on, at beer pong, Allen Iver-son, Hakeem Olaju-won" suggest a creative process involving 2 AM high freestyling"



i literally lol'd

last paragraph is hilarious too. nice review.
i read an article about this guy in rolling stone or some shi. he said

"my album is like an ipod shuffle. theres something in there for everybody"

the rs subscription is a gift from my grandma, btw. i read that shit for laughs.

joshuatree
Emeritus
April 20th 2009


3742 Comments


yeah this is terrible, excellent review, laughed at: "foolishly suggests over-contraception in the form of multiple condoms… bringing virginity status to question."

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 20th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Asher Roth, you aint em's twin
yo shit dont even belong in the recycle bin

*click*

scyther
April 20th 2009


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Blunt Cruisin', La Di Da, She Don't Wanna Man, As I Em, Lion's Roar, and Perfectionist are all great tracks. He's a very overrated lyricist, I think his performance on "The Greenhouse Effect" was much better, but still packed with pseudo-ironic one-liners. Amazing beats on this album, though.

kitsch
April 20th 2009


5107 Comments


i dont think anyones overrating this

Tits McGee
April 20th 2009


1876 Comments


Man, some of the lyrics you quoted here make me want to listen to this so I can get a few good laughs.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2009


7333 Comments


This sounds so bad I'm actually thinking about giving it a listen.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 20th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

he's an okay lyricist, but this album is a massive sellout attempt. he gets so caught up in trying to be poppy that his serious stuff comes off as phoned in and ridiculous lyrically.

i completely disagree about the beats. it's like sublime, smashmouth, and the cheapest beats-maker ever got together and cobbled up some massively stupid reggae/rock/hop.

scyther
April 20th 2009


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Give the dude a break...it's his first album, which was rushed by his label because they realized I Love College is the SHIT right now. Most of it is fun as hell, makes sense to release it on a day when nothing makes sense.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 20th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

i gave him a 1.5 over a 1, that's all the break asher roth gets. worst hiphop i've heard this year.

scyther
April 20th 2009


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm going to counter this review in a couple days, and it's gonna be orgasmic.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 20th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

not as orgasmic as asher roth's penis inside 2 condoms wtf

kitsch
April 20th 2009


5107 Comments


"[Asher Roth] is orgasmic."

-Scyther, 2009

NortherlyNanook
April 20th 2009


1285 Comments


i hate this guy

won't listen to this based on 3 songs i've heard

scyther
April 20th 2009


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Can i has reeding cumprenshin"

-kitsch, 2009



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