When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

3.5 out of 5 Stars

Besides having one of the best album titles in recent memory, the Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere are back with their sixth studio album and first in over three years.

The album delivers; however, it is more on the mellow side and never kicks into high gear as their albums of the past have. Perhaps that is the point.

Ant’s synthesizer-based production and beats are excellent and rapper Slug’s rhymes are further solidifying him as an MC at the top of his game. Atmosphere is growing musically and creatively and that is clearly evident in the flow of the album. They are not sticking to the same old formula and that shows in the album’s down tempo mood, which sets the stage for Slug’s more serious lyrical content. The beats Ant has provided allows Slug to take on the role as storyteller, and he shines.

Standout tracks include “The Waitress,” “You,” and “Yesterday.”

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