AOTY 2021
Aesop Rock & Blockhead - Garbology
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2021 Ratings: #206 / 675
User Score
Based on 163 ratings
2021 Ratings: #65
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
Earmilk

Garbology could well be the most accomplished artistic feat Aesop Rock and Blockhead have ever pulled off, but only historical context can confirm that.

84
Sputnikmusic

Garbology is the mythical collaboration of an obsessive fan base’s astral dreams.

78
Pitchfork
Backed by Blockhead’s spare production, the Long Island-bred rapper continues his creative evolution, writing more incisively about himself than ever before.
70
PopMatters

Aesop Rock finally reunites with his longtime producer Blockhead for a hip-hop record less focused on nostalgia and more about depicting our paranoid present.

70
AllMusic

Garbology isn't nearly as complex or conceptually driven as 2020's Spirit World Field Guide, but it still contains an abundance of memorable lyrics, and demonstrates Aesop's talent for spinning fantastic stories out of nothing.

PelicanManners
78
Aesop Rock & Blockhead have been long time collaborators. Blockhead has even produced some of his most popular songs. But this is their first full length album together. I was extremely excited for this release. I’ve been a fan of Aes for a while, and Blockhead has done some interesting records in the past couple of years. His work with Billy Woods being my favourite. While it wasn’t the slam dunk i was hoping for, it’s still pretty good and consistent throughout. I have ... read more
FluffyPants_52
80
After over a decade since these two collaborated on a project, they prove they still are some of the most creative minds in hip-hop today. Emulating Aesop's older work, while hooks can be a bit awkward, you get to hear Aes say "ok bet". Also Blockhead's production is great, as expected.

FAVORITE Tracks: Jazz Hands, Difficult, All the Smartest People, Oh Fudge, More Cycles, All Day Breakfast, That is Not a Wizard, Abandoned Malls

LEAST FAVORITE Track: Flamingo Pink
MasterCrackfox
81
Aesop Rock may not be experiencing a career renaissance in the public eye, his most recognizable songs still being relegated to his 2000's material on Def Jux, but the underground legend is certainly performing like he's in the midst of one.

After El-P's label closed its doors Aesop Rock went on a five year hiatus before releasing Skelethon, then took another four year hiatus (outside of singles) before The Impossible Kid. Over the last three years, though, Aesop has been busier than ever, ... read more
Z.Younk
75
I honestly have hated every Aesop Rock project since 2017. Idk what he's been doing, but it's a shell of his former self as an artist. There's just not as much depth in the recent more nerd-rap leaning, more fantastical storytelling than on his earlier work more grounded in realism. This is somewhat of a return to form, even though I am not a fan of many Blockhead projects, especially recent ones. I do like his work with emcees like Illogic and MarQ Spekt, which this is reminiscent of ... read more
AllAboutMusic
80
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Track List

1The Only Picture
0:45
80
2Jazz Hands
3:24
91
3Wolf Piss
3:32
76
4Legerdemain
4:32
84
5Difficult
4:05
88
6All the Smartest People
2:06
72
7Oh Fudge
3:02
83
8More Cycles
4:08
75
9Flamingo Pink
3:55
73
10All Day Breakfast
2:53
78
11Fizz
4:37
86
12That is Not a Wizard
4:31
85
13The Sea
4:09
74
14Abandoned Malls
5:04
86
Total Length: 50 minutes
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Added on: October 13, 2021