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Old 04-23-2011, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Atmosphere The Family Sign Album Review

It’s been a couple years since Slug and Ant blessed us with their last album, When Life Gives You Lemons… I remember that the album was highly marketed. Especially because Myspace was still somewhat alive, and you couldn’t go to a page without seeing Slug restock some lemons. I was very excited about the album, but once I had a chance to listen to it, it was much of a let down. The new album, The Family Sign, is a bit different in the since that marketing for the album was quite minimal in comparison. Does this mean we will get some quality music?

1. My Key
2. The Last to Say
3. Became
4. Just For Show
5. She’s Enough
6. Bad Bad Daddy
7. Millenium Dodo
8. Who I’ll Never Be
9. I Don’t Need Brighter Days
10. Ain’t Nobody
11. Your Name Here
12. If You Can Save Me Now
13. Something So
14. My Notes

Beats – 8

Sounds like Ant decided to go with live instruments yet again. He gets cool points for being original, but with the tone and pace of the album, constant piano keys can get kind of boring. I do love most, if not all, of the guitar rifts on the instrumentals. I kind of wish they’d go back to the boom-bap sampled beats from You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having. The best beat on the album is I Don’t Need Brighter Days. Bad Bad Daddy probably has the worst beat, which isn’t that bad.

Lyrics – 7

Slug is a story teller and very good at it, but at the same time his story telling is very one dimensional. If he is not telling a story, he’s talking to a girl. That’s the jest of his lyrics. It also sounds as though Slug has a one dimensional slow flow that can put someone to sleep if they put on their iPod at bedtime. there are a couple of songs that show off his awesome rapper voice, but just not enough of them.

Concept – 7

As I said above, Slug’s lyrics consists of stories and talking to a particular person (usually a girl). Slug’s stories may be personal, but it also feels as though he is trying to connect with the average Joe way too hard. Most of the songs are about relationship problems, or some detrimental thing that has happened to a significant other. She’s Enough sheds positivity on the subject, but it’s kind of the same as the other songs. It pretty much goes like this the whole album.

If you liked When Life Gives You Lemons… you’ll most likely like this album also. They almost feel like the same album. If you’re a fan of the Atmosphere of old, this might not be for you.

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Old 05-20-2011, 02:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I definitely liked When Life Gives You Lemons. After reading this I am going to buy the album, or at least a couple songs.
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