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Atmosphere, The Family Sign

Notorious underground duo Slug and Ant are back with their first full length Atmosphere album in three years, The Family Sign. Although many elements of their trademark sound still remain, such as Slug’s slow-paced, introspective bars, and a high quality sound from Ant, the LP is a noticeable change from their prior work.

The Family Sign’s beats are less sample-based, taking on more of a Rock edge thanks to the presence of a live guitarist and pianist, but Slug’s personality on the microphone still blends well with the change in audio landscape. Based around themes of family, dysfunctional relationships, domestic abuse, friendship, and the basic ties that link people together, Slug takes the narrative approach to drawing his audience into his words. The standout “The Last to Say” features the emcee over a delicate acoustic melody wondering how a woman can remain in love with her abuser.

Longtime Atmosphere fans may need a replay or two to fully absorb the sonic turn that their latest disc takes. However, the album still possesses enough of the classic Slug and Ant material that the underground has come to love that it will prove a welcome addition to their catalog. —Amanda Bassa

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  • A-poc

    His new album sucked. Hasn’t dropped anything decent since 2006

    • denise Fieldmen

      shut up A-poc u dont know noting bitch n yup thats why all his shows are sold out fagget

    • ok

      listen to it again…youre obviously missing something

    • smee

      A-poc, you don’t even know what you are talking about so whats the point of expressing an opinion no one gives a fuck about? go listen to 50 cent you little hoe.

    • Apocisabitch

      Apoc ur such a bitch!! all i need to say

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  • tit

    shut up and listen to it

  • jc

    just listen to the music homie, its a development in their whole journey of rockin’ the underground hip hop scene

  • @t

    The new album is weak. I know hes an artist and you can’t expect the same thing twice with Slug any ways but come on…this feels like bed time music for me!!!!

  • Vjones

    OK, I am a mother of 3 boys and my 18yr old is the one that turned me on to Atmosphere and Rymesayers. I LOVE them all! Went and saw them live and EVERYONE was great! As for the Family Sign, Well….I think the songs speak for themselves. The whole album is GREAT!!! Cant wait to see them again!

  • apocsucksD_ck

    @A-poc …Name says it all

  • 4some2joe0

    Atmosphere saved my ears from all that nonsence thats out on the radio shit. thank you Atmos, your the best, from Headshots all the way to The Family Sign, the ppl who dont like it are afraid of change. as for A-poc, well its sad but it seems he’s a product of lil wayne, 50 cent, and the rest of the nontalented mainstream. A-poc, go back to the dentist couse your ‘grill’ is bleeding!

  • bute

    Grieves sucks dick thou

  • Pickle

    This new album of Atmosphere is not my favorite. There some great songs, but as a whole I am not feeling it. Ant does an amazing job with the beats. Slug has come far from overcast, but with this album i miss his lyricism.

  • http://facebook $h!zzy

    i dig slug an ant i have only been bumpin there shit for a min or two but i think they got some real skillz!!!!

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