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Seven's Travels

AtmosphereAudio CD
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In the three years since Atmosphere's dropped a full length record on the world, they've been far from stagnant, staying at the top of their game in every respect. For the better part of two years, Atmosphere toured the globe in support of their critically acclaimed - and #5 Billboard Top 200 charting - album, When LIfe Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. And in their ... Read more in Amazon's Atmosphere Store

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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B0000BWVOL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. History
2. Trying To Find A Balance
3. Bird Sings Why The Caged I Know
4. Reflections
5. Gotta Lotta Walls
6. The Keys To Life vs. 15 Minutes Of Fame
7. Apple
8. Suicidegirls
9. Jason
10. Cats Van Bags
11. Los Angeles
12. Lift Her Pull Her
13. Shoes
14. National Disgrace
15. Denvemolorado
16. Liquor Lyles Cool July
17. Good Times (Sick Pimpin’)
18. In My Continental
19. Always Coming Back Home To You

Editorial Reviews

As point man for the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers crew, Atmosphere MC Slug put heartland hip-hop on the map. Likewise, he's always written from the heart, and Seven's Travels--the fourth Atmosphere full-length, and first released under a licensing agreement with the venerable punk imprint Epitaph--finds that agenda unchanged. Though familiar antagonist Lucy Ford appears only once, these tracks are packed with passionate meditations on typical topics, pitting confidence against recrimination, parenthood against partying, joy against anger, love against sex. And while Slug spills his guts in the spotlight, the stage isn't his alone; from the neck-snapping beats of "Trying to Find A Balance" to the cartoonish suspense theme of "Gotta Lotta Walls" and the naked acoustic guitar behind "Always Coming Back Home to You," Seven's Travels features some of Ant's most adventurous and assured production, plus contributions from Mr. Dibbs and Brother Ali, whose scorched-earth verses drive "Cats Van Bags." --Anders Smith Lindall

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real hip-hop from real artists September 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In a time like this, when you turn on MTV or VH1, or flip through your favorite music magazine, maybe Rolling Stone or Spin, and see the choices of popular hip-hop/rap groups that are forced down your throat at nausea; you may feel disgusted at what rap has become since the early 90s. Lets take the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards for example. The nominees included: 50 cent ft. Snoop Dogg & G-Unit, D12 & Ammonium, Jay-Z, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boys, Ludacris, Black Eyed Peas, Chingy, Nelly, Outkast and Kanye West. This list was nearly enough to make me gag, aside from Outkast and maybe Black Eyed Peas. MTV has proved to me that the glory days of conscious songwriters in popular hip-hop music are long gone. I'm just so embarrassed for the people that listen to this crap. I tell people I'm a fan of hip-hop music, and they automatically assume I like the crap mentioned above. Maybe I need to be more specific. I'm a fan of old school hip-hop, underground rap and the entire Rhymesayers crew. As far as I'm concerned, the underground is all that is keeping this genre alive and kicking.

I was introduced to "Seven's Travels" from a friend of mine. I was pleasantly surprised with the first track, "Trying To Find A Balance". From there on, it was just realization after realization about how good this album actually is. "Slug" is one of the best vocalists I've heard in several years. His lyrics are so down to earth, charismatic, and vulnerable. Atmosphere could have went with a larger label, since they have exploded in the underground in the past couple of years. I'm happy to see them stick with Epitaph, one of my favorite labels. Besides, several of these songs convey messages about how corporate labels suck ("National Disgrace").
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best, but still a good listen October 25, 2005
By Alana
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got into Atmosphere with the "God Loves Ugly" album, and then got hooked on their eariler stuff. "Seven's Travels" is not as good as those. While I really LOVE some of the songs, the rest are hard to listen to. I definitely can't listen to the CD straight through. If you're a fan of Atmosphere, check it out. If not, check some some early stuff first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Se7ens Travels December 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The new album from Ant&Slug (aka Atmosphere),Sevens Travels, is SICK! they killed this album. The lyrics are one of a kind just like the beats. Probably the most popular song on the album is "Trying to Find a Balance" this would be the one everyones been seeing on MTV2. Now anyone who thinks hes selling out...shut your mouth! hes still writting his own material, making his own beats. He's just trying to make sum cash for his kid!! HES NOT SELLING OUT! To anyone that likes up-beat hip-hop or some deeper meaning hip-hop, i HIGHLY recommend Sevens Travels. He throws sum humor into his lyrics with songs like "Shoes", "National Disgrace" My Favorites are: Trying to find a balance, reflections, gotta lotta walls, cats van bags, los angeles, shoes, national disgrace, always coming back home to buy it and enjoy and i can GURANTEE that anyone who hears it will love it! peace!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work, stop thinking about Atmosphere's fame October 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Reading other reviews regarding this album, it becomes painfully obvious that there are only two negative opinions of Seven's Travels. The first being that Atmosphere has essentially sold out because they have a video on MTV and they don't sound exactly like they did on "Overcast", the other being that Slug can't possibly considered a hip-hop artist due to the fact that he's from Minnesota (and proud of it, Check out "Always Coming Back Home to You"), he's white, and the record was distributed on a punk label, Epitaph. Set the record straight: You don't need to be "oppressed" or from a popular hip-hop region to make good music. If you wan't to call it "punk-hop", go right ahead. At least Slug isn't relying on make-believe "beefs" and lyrics about wristwatches and champagne to sell records. Go ahead and check out their other stuff, too. Then again, if you're angry that a white boy from the midwest can make a record that even Chuck D. is impressed by, go ahead and be angry. Check out "Reflections, Trying to Find a Balance", "Gotta Lotta Walls", "Shoes", and "Sick Pimpin". If you don't like it, go listen to non "punk-hop" all stars like Ja Rule, 50 Cent, Kayne West, and the rest of the studio gangsters that some of you detractors must absolutely love. This is simply good music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars these guys rule November 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
i am actually primarily a fan of punk rock, old school rock, electronic music, indy and yada yada.
the point is, just because I like those subgenres, it doesn't mean that i can't like something as great as this just because it falls under the stamp of "hip-hop"
it's just music. and what's more, it's good music.
I don't know what that girl from Chicago was going on about because DUH the Roots are much more mainstream than Atmosphere at this point in time anyway! She obviously doesn't know what she's talking about.
It seems she doesn't know much about this group's history either... because if she did, she would have a different story to tell.
As soon as I heard their latest single on MTV (WEEIIIRD), the last source I would have expected to pick their stuff up from, I knew I had to buy it!! :)
I usually get the latest from my friends or Treehouse Records
(MN REPRESENT!), but either way, I reccommend that you do yourself a favor and buy this album today.
I also highly recommend Overcast, Lucy Ford, two of my favorite albums.
Because regardless of whether you like that they are being played on MTV or not (commercialism central at it's absolute corporate worst), they deserve their success, as I have seen them struggle to balance things out for years trying just to make it in South Minneapolis. They were part "the soundtrack to our lives" back then. I remember seeing Slug and Eyedea freestyle about two years ago at First Ave. That was awesome. Anyway...
I know every lyric to Lucy Ford almost.. with that being said,
they deserve to be big with the genious that Slug spits.
Bigger than guns..
Bigger than cigarettes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
i like atmosphere. I think this one is a little over rated though. lucy ford and god loves ugly are better
Published 6 months ago by Joseph McGuinness (Ray Ray's Records)
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Atmosphere album and still my favorite
This album has a few very-high points, but does not shine all the way through. The high points being: Trying to Find a Balance, Always Coming Back Home to You, Lift Her Pull Her,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bristol
5.0 out of 5 stars last true album
been an atmosphere fan for a long time. its all sunshine ,ford 1 ford2 blah blah blah . i feel this is the last true album slug has made, not that all others are not good. Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by 1pisdwylnfan
3.0 out of 5 stars Fleeting Moments of Blinding Brilliance...
Seven's Travels is just not up to par with Atmosphere's releases, before or since. Don't get me wrong, there are a handful of songs on here that are GREAT - including "Trying to... Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by ihaveeleventoes
4.0 out of 5 stars Withstands the test of time
Seven's travels is one of those albums that is more than the sum of it's parts. A lot of the songs have an interesting sound, and it takes a little bit to get used to it. Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by Humble Patience
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Fav albums by atmosphere.
I love this album. It has some really great songs, and i swear its been in my stereo for about a year now, and i take it out maybe to switch it up once in a while but it goes right... Read more
Published on November 23, 2009 by Rebecca Ford
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Faux-Hip-Hop
Essentially, this is "Hip-Hop" for people who normally would never listen to Hip-Hop. This is the kind of album, which as a hip-hop fan, is recommended to you by your friend who... Read more
Published on September 21, 2008 by Alex Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC
This cd defines my freshman year in college.....
if not for this album I would've never survived.....
Published on April 12, 2008 by dj gigi the intern
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
National Disgrace was the video that I fell in love with. I happened to see Atmosphere on a sampler DVD released from Epitaph records. Read more
Published on March 12, 2008 by karmafish
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven out of 5 stars
This was my first Atmosphere album. I stumbled upon it while at Best Buy looking for CDs. I saw it everytime I went. I said, "Fine, I'll take a chance on you". Read more
Published on March 14, 2007 by Absouloot
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