Spirit World Field Guide

Aesop Rock - Spirit World Field Guide
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 301 ratings
2020 Ratings: #116
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Pitchfork
On his new album, the verbose rapper’s fascination with creatures widens into a cosmology, resulting in the most joyous album he’s ever made.
70
The Needle Drop

Spirit World Field Guide's purposeful meandering and not-so-sticky hooks are occasional turnoffs, but the album still delivers the conceptuality and adept rapping it's safe to expect from Aesop Rock.

65
Spectrum Culture

Spirit World Field Guide is impressive, but it’s nothing too out of the ordinary for the Portland, Oregon-based artist. Aesop Rock should continue to appeal to fans, but his latest isn’t likely to attract many new listeners.

MattsReviews
76
I WAS CLICKBAITED. THIS IS NOT A$AP ROCKY. DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM IF YOU THOUGHT IT WAS A$AP ROCKY. I AM GOING TO SUE WHOEVER RESPONSIBLE OF THIS BAD ALBUM.
Rater
83
I'm frankly really impressed by this new Aesop Rock record. I'm not too familiar with any of his previous work, I was only pulled into checking out this release by its singles, so I surely wasn't anticipating to enjoy "Spirit World Field Guide" this much.

The intro to this LP really set the tone for the project and connected really well with its title and album cover. From that point forward, along with the amount of tracks present on the project, I was expecting a concept album and ... read more
Chode
77
If you’re a hip-hop head, even if you don’t enjoy his music, I feel like you have to at least admire and appreciate Aesop Rock. He is in a league of his own when it comes to lyricism. There’s conscious hip hop, then there’s food-for-thought, then there’s fucking Aesop Rock; he has one of the most mind-blowingly expansive vocabularies in all of hip hop. His incredibly genius way with words paired alongside some typically pretty great production has allowed for some ... read more
Basic_Garci
NR
What are you all seeing? Are y’all *this* easily impressed? (Stolen joke please laugh)

It’s an hour long project from a rapper that I’ve never found interesting…at all. Like bruh, I don’t give a fuck if he has an “extensive vocabulary” you can have an extensive vocabulary from reading fanfiction for all of your teenage years— oh fuck...

Aesop Rock won’t touch MF DOOM as my favorite lyricist, and btw he didn’t say “the type of ... read more
Scre4meh
80
This is as if the whole Rick & Morty show was an album. Amazers. This retro shit really hits,but you really need a guide to get into it.

Aesop Rock is probably one of the hardest rappers to listen to because of how technical his music is. His skill is really on another world,just as other-worldy as the whole vibe that this record emanates. The,let's say,tediousness of his style is something unique in the rap game,as the way he ties in his lyrics with his smooth ass flows is really hard to ... read more
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Track List

  1. Hello From The Spirit World
  2. The Gates
  3. Button Masher
  4. Dog at the Door
  5. Gauze
  6. Pizza Alley
  7. Crystal Sword
  8. Boot Soup
  9. Coveralls
  10. Jumping Coffin
  11. Holy Waterfall
  12. Flies
  13. Salt
  14. Sleeper Car
  15. 1 To 10
  16. Attaboy
  17. Kodokushi
  18. Fixed and Dilated
  19. Side Quest
  20. Marble Cake
  21. The Four Winds
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Added on: September 8, 2020