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View Poll Results: How do you rate Atmosphere's latest effort?
Classic 4 15.38%
Excellent 8 30.77%
Banger 4 15.38%
Dope 1 3.85%
Good 4 15.38%
Decent 0 0%
Average 1 3.85%
Poor 1 3.85%
Bad 1 3.85%
Wack 2 7.69%
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:28 AM   #1
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Tracklisting:

1 Like the Rest of Us
2 Puppets
3 The Skinny
4 Dreamer
5 Shoulda Known
6 You
7 Painting
8 Your Glass House
9 Yesterday
10 Guarantees
11 Me
12 Wild Wild Horses
13 Can't Break
14 The Waitress
15 In Her Music Box

Damn, it really is hard to know what to make of this album. At times during listening, i think its fantastic, moving, powerful, and then other times i think its contrived and trying to be too much all at once. Atmosphere are a hip-hop duo, something you might find hard to believe when listening to the majority of this album. They incorporate live instrumentation into all the tracks ranging from guitar, bass, piano, synth, drum atc.

The first track is the laid back, almost sombre 'Like the rest of us', over a quiet jazzy like piano, with Slug dwelling on the unhappiness, but trying to show theres light at the end of the tunnel. The album picks up the pace with 'Puppets' as Slug tells of a drug addicted ex rock star, over a rock-esque beat, that really picks up steam on the second verse.

When this album works, its fuckin amazing. 'Painting' with its beautiful dreamy beat is a personal favourite, as is the dark sounding 'Your Glasshouse', where Slug tells us of puking in a strangers toilet after a night out and not remembering a thing, que great lines and great story telling. 'Yesterday' is one of the real masterpieces on the album. Slug thinks he sees someone yesterday, and through the song we assume its a past lover and talks about what he would say to her. We are drawn in with the heartfelt apologies, the self realisation, the regret, but at the same time acceptance. Then in the last line we learn that he is talking about his father who has passed away. Add to that a fantastic piano beat, and you've easily got one of the best if not the best cuts on the album. 'The Waitress' and 'In Her Music Box' are another too great tracks, and judging on these few tracks, this album would be one of Atmosphere's best.

But, sometimes everything doesnt work as well. 'Shoulda Known', and 'Cant Break' contain VERY loud synths that ive a feeling wont be to everyones liking, but i think they'll just take time to grow on me. 'Wild Wild Horses' is good, but contains an awkward hook, and im just not feeling 'The Skinny', but i think it'll grow on me in time.

Theres a lot of variety musically on this album, which may be a blessing or a curse depending on who you talk to. Its very hard to see fans of hardcore hip-hop listening this, and during songs like 'Guarantees', with its heavy acoustic rock infulence, it may be easier to see fans of Nirvana bumping this rather than your average Onyx fan. One minute you've classical sounding pianos, next very havy synths, then lushious keyboards, to acoustuc guitars. This may be its saviour or its downfall.

I think its nearer its saviour. Nearly all the songs work very well, and if they dont its beacuse of one small element, e.g hook not the best, or synth being too loud on the hook, rather than the music on the whole track, or lacluster lyrics form Slug, the latter couldnt be further from the truth. Slug is once again on top form, and sounds really good over these different variety filled beats. 10/10 for him no doubt.

Oh, and i dunno if you've seen the delux edition, but it comes in hardback digipack, like a book, with lyrics printed, a childrens story and a dvd. 10/10 for packaging.



Overally, i do like this album. A lot. It maybe needs a little dusing in some areas for Atmospheres next effort, and i think ill need to give this more time to grow on me. The highs are really high, and there arnt many lows, but when they are, their not really that low, so dont affect the overal result much.
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:36 AM   #2
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:20 AM   #3
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Listening to it again, 'Dreamer' is a great track too. Damn this album does get better with each listen
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:45 PM   #4
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i dig it its what i've been listening for about a week on my drives to and from work.
i really like yesterday. the way they used live instruments on certain songs also makes like it alot.
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:54 AM   #5
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I wrote a long review for the album months ago, but can't find it. All I have to say is the album ranks in this year's top 3. The production really fits with the flow and the metaphoric lyrics are insane. Best track is Yesterday. I wasn't really feeling "The Skinny", but it has grown on me.


Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Top 5:Your Glasshouse, Yesterday, Guarantees, Wild Wild Horses, The Waitress

Grade:(4.5/5)
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:42 PM   #6
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I could relate to most of the tracks personally and even the ones I can't relate to I can still feel what Slug was trying to say so I give it a 5/5.
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When this was first released, I listened to it a lot, but I don't find myself listening to it much these days, it's a good album and there are some great tracks on it, but even though ANT had some dope beats on this I prefer his older production style, the only tracks I wasn't feeling were "Shoulda Known" and "Can't Break" and "You" became annoying in the end.

I'd probably give it a 3.5/5

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^ Yeah, i think i do as well. The beats, or music, werent that hip-hop sounding. Still a very good album, and i still play it a good bit
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^ Yeah, i think i do as well. The beats, or music, werent that hip-hop sounding. Still a very good album, and i still play it a good bit
word Durag, seriously man if this post was here when the album was first released, my answer would have been different.
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Yeah i know what you mean. Ive only had it about three weeks, so ill see how much i play it after. I find that with a lot of hip-hop albums released nowadays, i play them a lot for the first week or two, and then i dont play them again. They dont have an awful lot of replay value
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This track is GODLY

I agree with you Durag, this album is strange...a real mood album I think.

For the most part it's not really my thing, but I'm just getting into Atmosphere
And I'm loving some tracks off this album.
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I saw him on concert with Abstract Rude & Blueprint a few months ago. They all killed it. They had a band and suprisngly alot of songs sounded better with the additional intruments. I also give it up for Atmosphere for performing near 2 and a half hours. They played just about every track off "when life give you lemons".
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:33 AM   #13
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This track is GODLY

I agree with you Durag, this album is strange...a real mood album I think.

For the most part it's not really my thing, but I'm just getting into Atmosphere
And I'm loving some tracks off this album.
Give this album time Whers, i wasnt really feeling a few tracks at first that much either, but the more i listen to it the more i love it. Your right though, this is a mood album, and that maybe prevents it from being excellent, your not gonna wanna bump it at certain times.

Ive got this album now 5 or 6 months, and i still bump it sometimes, which is more than can be said for a LOT of albums from this year.
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Great album another top 2008 pick. Favourites being Glasshouse, Wild Wild Horses, The Skinny and You. I like the overal feel of the album, the production is really nice, doesnt have that hardcore hip hop sound but its a very chill album.
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i still dig this album.
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