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Sevens Travels

Atmosphere Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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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

Product Description


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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3.0 out of 5 stars Getting into atmosphere at the shallow end... July 4 2004
By Cancer
Format:Audio CD
What happened here is the unfortunate side-effect of earning fame; increased accessablity. A wheelchair ramp of hip hop music.
Not a bad album but certainly not as good as Atmosphere's past work. A recommended listen at any rate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere is the coolest July 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
Atmosphere, or what people called him MC Slug, is one of the best rap artist of all time. With his 2002 album "God Loves Ugly," he is working it. For an underground rapper, he is cool. I hope that the MTV or any other television music networks put him on it because he will cause changes to people who loves any type of music.
Favorite Songs for "Seven's Travels"
2)Gotta Lotta Walls
4)Bird Sings Why The Caged I Know
5)Trying To Find A Balance
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Nice... June 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm not much of a hip hop fan, but Atmosphere can definatly captivate a rock audience...which is why their so good. Real talk makes this a world apart from the bulls**t out now by people like Usher, Ludacris, LiL Jon, P.Diddy and pretty much everything else you hear on hip hop/r&b radio...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Atmosphere... June 7 2004
By Derek
Format:Audio CD
...but still better than top-40.
Anybody who's listened to any Atmosphere knows what they're about. They have something deep to offer the serious music listener (even if he isn't usually a rap listener... myself included), but something different from what he's used to. Slug is on the same intellectual plane as Andre3000 of OutKast (sorry Big Boi...) but Atmosphere's beats aren't as catchy, so these songs require a more active listener to truly appreciate them.
Sadly, though, on this album, the reward isn't always as great as you'd hope for. "Shoes" is deceptively deep, as is "bird," and "Reflections" stares at the same blurred lines the aforementioned Andre references repeatedly on The Love Below. However, as anti-mainstream as you'd like to feel listening to this album, you can't help but hear occasional echoes of both Everlast and Eminem in Slug's voice. That disappointment aside, this disc will still save you from the radio for a good while.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Traveling on an empty tank of talent June 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
How far the mighty have fallen. When I first heard Atmosphere's Overcast! pulsing through the speakers of my friend's broke down Honda I was instantly hooked. Since then, the hip hop entity known as Atmosphere has slipped ever so quickly down the tunnels into a vacuous hip hop hell, in the process becoming mere shadows of the former selves. Clever lyrics and verses carried by sublime syntactical talent have been replaced with cheap hooks, predictable rhymes and *gasp* the horrible sucking sound created when a true artist tries to put on a heavy baseline and play ghetto. Is it the newfound mainstream pub that has forced this transformation, or is it the transformation that attracted the pub? Regardless of the answer, this album sounds like the death rattle of a once proud MC and his crew. If you enjoyed early Atmosphere (Sad Clown, Overcast!, and even Lucy Ford), I am going to tell you flat out that you will be disappointed with this album. Even the faintest glimmerings of hope, "Balance", "Bird Sings Why The Caged I Know" and "Always Coming Back Home To You" can't salvage this record. If you have never heard any early Atmosphere, and are looking for a break from the hackneyed drudgery of rap's big names, you may find the soft-serve ghetto lyrics over original beats to be a welcome respite from what the radio plays. Let us all now bow our heads and mourn the passing of another great hip hop act.
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3.0 out of 5 stars out of this ATMOSPHERE!!! May 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album, for those that dont know, is tight from start to finish. Atmosphere's style is clever, intelligent, abstract and skilled. He's very much in the SAGE FRANCIS (who turns up on 1 joint called "lifter puller") style of rhyming. He's poetic and creative with his rhymes and very entertaining. With the interludes+skits aside, there's the bulk of 15 songs on here for your enjoyment, and enjoy them you will!!! The beats are heavy and hard hitting with brilliantly funky melodies on top of them that bring the catchy chorus' to life. I gave this album a 3 instead of a 4 because although the songs are solid, only a few of them are standout cuts, mostly because of the subject matter. Its hard to get amped listening to story telling joints but they're so deep you cant help but enjoy them!!!! The stereotypical "bangers" on this are "trying to find a balance", "gotta lotta walls", "the keys to live...", "always coming back to you", "in my continental" and the secret bonus track "say ssssh". Alot different than most albums out at the moment, makes you think+listen and entertains all in 1. What more could you want? Go get this!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Minneapolis May 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yo, This CD is hella tight, and the song always coming back to you is one of the best from Atmosphere of all time. If you like atmosphere, or anything like Atmosphere then you should definetly check out the Unknown Prophets. I am not kidding, if you dont believe me, download the song never featuring no other than slug himself and it will make you a believer. The best hip hop is coming from Minneapolis these days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good hip hop April 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
some people think that's impossible but here it is. with some actual challenging rhymes and interesting music atmosphere makes this disc very well. my biggest problem is that the rapper himself annoys me. he seems self absorped and a tad too serious for the rap game, if he loosens up a bit he could go very far.
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