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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

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Traveling on an empty tank of talent June 3 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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4.0 out of 5 stars join the travels April 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've never been a huge fan of angry emcees. I guess I'm kinda soft like that, I mean back the day the angriest mc I would turn to was probably Phife Dawg, which isn't saying much. But ever since I got to listening to Ghostface I've been opening up, and now that Slug's been in my earphones the last couple months I can't get enough. I can imagine he's been getting this comparison non-stop: an underground, sensitive version of eminem, which must suck for him huge but to be fair it's not that bad of a comparison. Slug's got lyrics for days, and his flow is bananas. For someone who isn't familiar with Atmosphere's older stuff, this is a must-have intro to one of the most slept-on hip hop groups since Styles of Beyond.
I got love for Slug, but I want to focus on Ant, the beatsmith behind this effort. Ant is factually the most slept-on producer out there, as his beats are headbanging from start to finish. His soul hooks are catchy and yet totally refreshing. Dude sports a mustache and a ponytail, which is more punk than when Pharell came out with mesh-backs and acid-washed jeans.
Basically you should cop this because if you haven't heard Slug before then you must, and this album is a great way to start off. Save for maybe one stinker, Ant's beats are money in the bank. Homeboy should hook up with Kanye West and co-produce Mos Def's next album. Think about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere does it again March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Somewhere between the ultra-polished sound of Outkast's "Speakerboxxx" and Dizzee Rascal's ultra-pared down "Boy In Da Corner" lies Atmosphere's latest album, Seven's Travels. This is yet another underground success by Slug and Co. Fans of "God Loves Ugly" won't be disapointed because on their newest album Atmosphere doesn't try to reinvent themselves, or their sound, but gives us what we have come to expect from them...only better. You gotta give it up to these guys for not resting on their laurels and coming out with a boring album that sounds exactly like their last. Somehow Atmosphere finds a way to give us what we've come to love from them without sounding stale. For any of you who haven't heard Atmosphere before, you're in for a treat; this album is great! Atmosphere gives cred. to the underground scene and all of us who have been fans for a while know, Atmosphere is one of the best groups out there...and they don't need the crutch of MTV to do it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars these guys rule Nov. 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Getting into atmosphere at the shallow end...
What happened here is the unfortunate side-effect of earning fame; increased accessablity. A wheelchair ramp of hip hop music. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Cancer
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere is the coolest
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. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Dee Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Nice...
I'm not much of a hip hop fan, but Atmosphere can definatly captivate a rock audience...which is why their so good. Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by ToxicTearyEyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Atmosphere...
...but still better than top-40.
Anybody who's listened to any Atmosphere knows what they're about. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars Minneapolis
Yo, This CD is hella tight, and the song always coming back to you is one of the best from Atmosphere of all time. Read more
Published on April 30 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars good hip hop
some people think that's impossible but here it is. with some actual challenging rhymes and interesting music atmosphere makes this disc very well. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Mark McLaughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes
The Beats in this CD are incredible, and the lyrics are good as well, but i'm definitely more impressed with the beats.
Published on March 25 2004 by Dave Auerbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven's Travels Highly Recommended
I bought this cd just to listen to something new. I have only heard of Atmosphere from just one of my friends. Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by Katrina
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting CD
This CD is pretty good. I was impressed at the lyrics, and the storytelling ability that slug has, and the beats were good, even though some were almost the same. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by Dan
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