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on June 7, 2008
I first got into Atmosphere through the songs "A Song About A Friend" and "F*** You Lucy," two tracks I enjoyed very much. I checked out their album "Godlovesugly," which was pretty good. So when "You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having" dropped, I picked it up with the quickness. Tracks like "Say Hey There," "Pour Me Another," "Panic Attack," and "Musical Chairs," their 2005 release was a winner. Three years later, the duo of Ant and Slug drop a near classic in the form of "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S*** Gold." The special edition packages comes with a children's book written by Slug, song lyrics, and a bons DVD with live footage and extras. With this new addition to Atmosphere's catalogue, Slug juggles the topics of fatherhood, optimism, pessimism, hope, hard times, and relationships with the aura of a man who's seen it all.

The opening track is a slow, soft track titled "Like The Rest of Us." It really sets the mood for the rest of the album. "Puppets" has Slug spitting only like he can and the track has a grooving chorus with nice background vocals from Channy Casselle. "The Skinny" is a unique track with a banging beat. Slug raps about how cigarettes are like a pimp to women. It gets many repeats from this reviewer. "Dreamer" is an up-beat, optimistic tune about a woman who ends up with a few kids before she's fully mature and takes care of herself to get by. Another one of my favorites is the infectuous "You," the kinda song you'll smile and nod your head to.

From track seven to the end of the album, the songs tend to get a bit darker. "Painting" tells the story of a man who can't get past the demons he lives with. "Your Glasshouse" describes something that is common to a lot of people, me included at times: being a stranger in your own house. The track that breaks the pessimistic monotony is "Yesterday", a nice, retrospective track about his father. As it's been noted by other reviewers, the song has an optimistic vibe. "Guarantees" has Slug rhyming over a guitar rhythm by Nate Collins. It's pretty much a rap about how life is. It's gotten a little airplay on MTV, which is great. It's probably my favorite song on here. "Me" is a narrative of a boy's life, from childhood to manhood. It's got a morose atmosphere to it...maybe it's autobiographical? "Wild Wild Horses" connects as Slug presents the viewpoints of two people trying to make a relationship work. "The Waitress" is a great cut, about a homeless man who bothers a waitress for acknowldegement, and come to find out the waitress is the man's daughter. "In Her Music Box" ends the album off right, with lyrics about Slug and his daughter.

I don't see why any Atmosphere fan wouldn't be happy with this release. The musicianship here is at it's finest, and Slug delivers in such a personal way that you can't help but to be drawn in. Yes, it's slower, depressing (at times), but the music is still great. Slug still has a killer flow and clever lyrics and Ant's beats have reached perfection. This is an album that's perfect for reflecting. Any Atmosphere fan should pick this up.
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on May 2, 2008
This album explains alot of the 5 track EP's and free albums Slug and Ant released leading up to this release. From track 1 til track 15, this album is a story. Hell, even the track names read as a full sentence if you look. This isn't a party album, but a masterful piece of evidence that true hip-hop is NOT dead.

Kicking off with the piano keys on "Like the Rest of Us" and ending with the anthem for any father that listens to hiphop, "In Her Music Box". The best part of this album, however, isn't the album itself, but the Limited Edition DVD of Sad Clown Bad Dub 13... It's about an hour of live performance's from the last 2 shows in Minneapolis from their previous tour. Alot of the songs from Lemons are run through, but also peppered in with some classics and rare songs like "Say Shhh".

This isn't "mass-consumption" hip-hop. If you still enjoy having rappers tell you about their money, jewels, and how dope they are... go buy a 50 Cent CD and wash your mouth with buckshot. This is the art of storytelling right here... This is Slug and Ant showing us what they do best... incredible music.
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on September 20, 2012
There is nothing like this album. I believe it his best work yet, with it having such a different sound and feel to his music. I feel like a person listening to this album. So much sentimental value to this album and every song on it. The "children's" book that comes with it is a bonus!
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on September 16, 2014
By far my favorite album by Atmosphere. Slug has an enchanting flow, a knack for storytelling, and ANT backs him up perfectly. This album focuses on stories of people who are down on their luck. It's a work about empathy and everything that's wrong with people (ourselves included).
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on June 30, 2015
Atmosphere is definitely not your schoolboy Q! He's very different with his own unique style which makes him very interesting to listen to. His craft is excellent when it comes to getting his point across. Great album!
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on November 25, 2014
Got this album knowing only three songs, but after reading multiple reviews I decided to get it. Turned out that most of the songs
on this album are great. There are probably only two songs I don't like much but the rest are definitely songs to listen to.
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on July 11, 2012
Let just say I was trapped on a island and I had to pick 5 albums to have with me this would be one of them. This album helped me get through so much shit in my life I can't express how much I love atmosphere's music. I am so pleased to have this album in my collection of vinyl. I hope one day to run into Slug so he could sign it for me. For all fan out there just remember when life gives you lemons just paint that shit gold.
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on May 18, 2008
I liked the last one, but it was definitely uneven and kind of sell out-y. I wasn't sure I liked where Sean and Ant were headed after hearing the Sad Clown EP, but this CD is bomb diggity (meaning good). There's even a nifty illustrated children's book written by Slug and a DVD with the special edition. The sound here is much darker, headier, and more experimental and you'll hear new things you missed before the more you listen. Buy it now, and be sure to check out "Stricly Leakage," an album of party tunes Atmosphere released for free download a la Radiohead's "In Rainbows."
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on March 16, 2017
He sure knows how to paint!
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on October 7, 2014
Doesn't work on my record player. Not sure if it's because it's laser printed or what, kind of a bummer. If that is the case there should be a comment about it in the description. But who knows, could be my needle!
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