Review Roundup: Asher Roth – ‘Asleep in the Bread Aisle’

Asher Roth’s debut album Asleep in the Bread Aisle arrives in stores and online today. Does Asher live up to the great white hype? Find out below.

Entertainment Weekly: Roth never floats sham tales of suburban hardship here. Instead, he just wants to have a good time—and for the most part, he provides one as well. B

Rolling Stone: Roth’s timbre and cadence will remind listeners of Eminem, a subject he addresses head-on in “As I Em.” But he is his own man—a blithe braggart, untroubled by the need to keep it real. 3 out of 5

Chicago Tribune: He’s a PG-rated version of Eminem; he’s not nearly as profane, funny, or dramatic. Instead, Roth finds inspiration in his ordinariness; he goes to college, not to get educated, but to participate in drinking games, get high, and bed girls. 2 out of 5

The Associated Press: What Roth does best is storytell: He delivers his thoughts on partying, politics, and growing up in suburban Pennsylvania. Tracks like “His Dream,” the funk-soul “Be By Myself” featuring Cee-Lo, and the Lupe Fiasco-sounding “Sour Patch Kids” serve as proof.

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “I Love College,” “She Don’t Wanna Man,” “As I Em,” “Fallin'”