ATLiens [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Though they were likely lost on casual hip-hop fans, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was full of subtle indications that OutKast were a lot more inventive than your average Southern playas. Their idiosyncrasies bubbled to the surface on their sophomore effort, ATLiens, an album of spacy sci-fi funk performed on live instruments. Largely abandoning the hard-partying playa characters of their debut, Dre and Big Boi develop a startlingly fresh, original sound to go along with their futuristic new personas. George Clinton's space obsessions might seem to make P-Funk obvious musical source material, but ATLiens ignores the hard funk in favor of a smooth, laid-back vibe that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Though they were likely lost on casual hip-hop fans, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was full of subtle indications that OutKast were a lot more inventive than your average Southern playas. Their idiosyncrasies bubbled to the surface on their sophomore effort, ATLiens, an album of spacy sci-fi funk performed on live instruments. Largely abandoning the hard-partying playa characters of their debut, Dre and Big Boi develop a startlingly fresh, original sound to go along with their futuristic new personas. George Clinton's space obsessions might seem to make P-Funk obvious musical source material, but ATLiens ignores the hard funk in favor of a smooth, laid-back vibe that perfectly suits the duo's sense of melody. The album's chief musical foundation is still soul, especially the early-'70s variety, but other influences begin to pop up as well. Some tracks have a spiritual, almost gospel feel (though only in tone, not lyrical content), and the Organized Noize production team frequently employs the spacious mixes and echo effects of dub reggae in creating the album's alien soundscapes. In addition to the striking musical leap forward, Dre and Big Boi continue to grow as rappers; their flows are getting more tongue-twistingly complex, and their lyrics more free-associative. Despite a couple of overly sleepy moments during the second half, ATLiens is overall a smashing success thanks to its highly distinctive style, and stands as probably OutKast's most focused work (though it isn't as wildly varied as subsequent efforts). The album may have alienated (pun recognized, but not intended) the more conservative wing of the group's fans, but it broke new ground for Southern hip-hop and marked OutKast as one of the most creatively restless and ambitious hip-hop groups of the '90s. [ATLiens was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/1996
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 730082603225
  • Catalog Number: 26032

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You May Die (Intro) (1:05)
  2. 2 Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac) (2:42)
  3. 3 Atliens (3:50)
  4. 4 Wheelz of Steel (4:03)
  5. 5 Jazzy Belle (4:09)
  6. 6 Elevators (Me and You) (4:03)
  7. 7 Ova da Wudz (3:48)
  8. 8 Babylon (4:24)
  9. 9 Wailin' (1:59)
  10. 10 Mainstream (5:20)
  11. 11 Decatur Psalm (3:59)
  12. 12 Millennium (3:08)
  13. 13 E.T. (Extraterrestrial) (3:09)
  14. 14 13th Floor/Growing Old (5:39)
  15. 15 Elevators (Me and You) (4:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
OutKast Primary Artist, Drums
Kerren Berz Violin
Preston Crump Bass
Carlos Glover Acoustic Guitar
Debra Killings Background Vocals
Andrea Martin Vocals
Organized Noize Drums
Edward Stroud Guitar
James "Jay" Nicholas Bass
Craig Love Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Martin Terry wah wah guitar
Tomi Martin Acoustic Guitar
Dee Simmons Drums
Shajuanna Edghill Vocals
Skinny Miracles Piano
Whild Peach Vocals, Background Vocals
Cee Lo Green Vocals
Kenny Wright Keyboards
T-Bu Vocals
Marq Jefferson Bass
Moog Bass
Mr. DJ scratching
Khujo Vocals
Big Gipp Vocals
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman Keyboards
Sleepy Brown Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Carlton Batts Mastering
Ivan Dorschuk Composer
Brian Frye Engineer
John Frye Engineer
Cameron K-Oz Gipp Composer
Organized Noize Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
OutKast Producer
John Wydrycs Engineer
Bernasky Wall Engineer
Thomas Barnett Composer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Executive Producer
Blake Eiseman Engineer
D.L. Warfield Art Direction, Creative Concept
Dexter Simmons Engineer
Frank Gomez Cover Illustration
Vince Robinson Illustrations, Coloring
Jarvis Blackshear Engineer
Joi Gilliam Composer
Marqueze Etheridge Composer
André Benjamin Composer
Myrna Crenshaw Composer
Antwan Patton Composer
Derrick Williams Engineer
Willie Knighton Composer
Frederick Bell Composer
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