Labor Days

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Labor Days
Labor Days.jpg
Studio album by Aesop Rock
Released September 18, 2001 (2001-09-18)
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 61:03
Label Definitive Jux
Producer Aesop Rock, Blockhead, Omega One
Aesop Rock chronology
Float
(2000)Float2000
Labor Days
(2001)
Daylight
(2002)Daylight2002
Singles from Labor Days
  1. "Coma"
    Released: 2001 (2001)
  2. "Boombox"
    Released: 2001 (2001)

Labor Days is the third studio album by American hip hop artist Aesop Rock.[1] It was released by Definitive Jux on September 18, 2001.[2] It is a concept album about work.[3] The production is handled by Aesop Rock, Blockhead, and Omega One.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 92/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly A[7]
HipHopDX 4.0/5[8]
Pitchfork 8.7/10[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[10]
Stylus Magazine A−[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]
The Village Voice A−[13]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Labor Days received an average score of 92% based on 5 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."[5]

In 2010, Labor Days was listed by Rhapsody as one of the "10 Best Albums by White Rappers".[14]

In 2015, it was ranked at number 17 on Fact's "100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time" list.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Labor" Aesop Rock 2:32
2. "Daylight" Blockhead 4:26
3. "Save Yourself" Blockhead 4:59
4. "Flashflood" Blockhead 3:54
5. "No Regrets" Blockhead 4:31
6. "One Brick" (featuring Illogic) Aesop Rock 4:32
7. "The Tugboat Complex Pt. 3" Blockhead 3:46
8. "Coma" Omega One 3:56
9. "Battery" Aesop Rock 5:07
10. "Boombox" Aesop Rock 5:05
11. "Bent Life" (featuring C-Rayz Walz) Blockhead 4:49
12. "The Yes and the Y'all" Blockhead 4:04
13. "9-5er's Anthem" Blockhead 4:38
14. "Shovel" Blockhead 4:45

Credits[edit]

  • Executive producer: Aesop Rock
  • Engineering: Aesop Rock
  • Mastering: Emily Lazar
  • Art direction: Dan Ezra Lang
  • Design: Dan Ezra Lang

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (January 26, 2002). "Pop Review; The Evolving Definition Of Underground Hip-Hop". The New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ Baker, Ernest (April 26, 2013). "The 30 Greatest Months in Rap History: 9. September 2001". Complex. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ Mentzer, Robert (2005). "That's What He's Saying?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (June 30, 2001). "Aesop Rock - Labor Days". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Reviews for Labor Days by Aesop Rock". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "Labor Days – Aesop Rock". AllMusic. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Aesop Rock: Labor Days". Entertainment Weekly: 74. September 28, 2001. 
  8. ^ J-23 (December 4, 2001). "Aesop Rock – Labor Days". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (January 23, 2002). "Aesop Rock: Labor Days". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Catucci, Nick (2004). "Aesop Rock". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 8–9. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  11. ^ Martin, Tyler (September 1, 2003). "Aesop Rock – Labor Days – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Aesop Rock: Labor Days". Uncut (54): 103. November 2001. 
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 20, 2001). "Consumer Guide: Salaam". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ "The 10 Best Albums by White Rappers". Rhapsody. June 22, 2010. Archived from the original on June 26, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  15. ^ "The 100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time: 17. Aesop Rock – Labor Days". Fact. February 25, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 

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