When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold [Deluxe Edition][with DVD]

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
As the group that helped create the term "emo rap" and give Minnesota and Midwestern rap a place on the map, Atmosphere clearly feel a relative amount of freedom to express themselves however necessary on When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, their fifth studio full-length. As he has on the duo's past albums, MC Slug plays the role of the storyteller, describing the lives of his various characters, all down on their luck drug addicts, single mothers, homeless men and struggling to just make it from day to day. The vitriol and anger that were found in Slug's earlier rhymes, however, has left -- along with much of Ant's heavier production -- and are replaced ...
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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
As the group that helped create the term "emo rap" and give Minnesota and Midwestern rap a place on the map, Atmosphere clearly feel a relative amount of freedom to express themselves however necessary on When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, their fifth studio full-length. As he has on the duo's past albums, MC Slug plays the role of the storyteller, describing the lives of his various characters, all down on their luck drug addicts, single mothers, homeless men and struggling to just make it from day to day. The vitriol and anger that were found in Slug's earlier rhymes, however, has left -- along with much of Ant's heavier production -- and are replaced by lyrics that, though equally reflective, take a more resigned view of the world. These are people trying to cope with what they have and who they are, people who have accepted the facts that make their lives reality, who are no longer demanding something different. "They fight about money, they fight about life/So she concentrates so so hard on the music/And loses herself inside the bass and the movement" he rhymes in "In Her Music Box," describing a little girl, and in "Yesterday" he admits that "Leavin' me was probably the best thing you ever taught me." Slug has never been one to gloss over the ugly details, and when his characters are broken and they all are, to varying degrees, he makes sure to let everyone know. "Your Glasshouse," which features TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe on background vocals, tells of a woman for whom it "ain't the first time throwin' up in a strange toilet," and who then returned to the unknown bed "and fell back asleep," while "The Skinny" has the lines "Your lips taste like his dick/I can always tell when he's been in your whip," his pronunciation of that final syllable particularly exaggerated. The self-loathing and depression from Atmosphere's other albums are both still here, but they're less intense and immediate, reflected in Ant's concentration on live guitars and keyboards, a wholly more organic presentation. This is an understandably more mature group, but fans who've connected to the palpable anger found in the duo's music, if they haven't matured at the same rate or in the same way, may find Lemons to be lacking in the very thing that drew them to Atmosphere in the first place. [The Deluxe Edition of Lemons also comes with a hard-cover children's story, written by Slug and Ant, a nicely illustrated but jumpy and strangely written tale that hypothetically relates to the album's title. Better is the hourlong concert, taken from a two concerts at Minneapolis's First Avenue in November of 2007.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • UPC: 826257009524
  • Catalog Number: 70095

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Like the Rest of Us (3:20)
  2. 2 Puppets (3:41)
  3. 3 The Skinny (3:36)
  4. 4 Dreamer (4:04)
  5. 5 Shoulda Known (3:06)
  6. 6 You (3:14)
  7. 7 Painting (3:00)
  8. 8 Your Glasshouse (3:58)
  9. 9 Yesterday (3:23)
  10. 10 Guarantees (4:32)
  11. 11 Me (3:40)
  12. 12 Wild Wild Horses (4:14)
  13. 13 Can't Break (3:33)
  14. 14 The Waitress (3:00)
  15. 15 In Her Music Box (4:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sad Clown Bad Dub 13
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Atmosphere Primary Artist
Tom Waits Beat Box
Tunde Adebimpe Vocals
Brett Johnson Bass
Joe Mabbott Percussion, Vocals
Nate "The Guitar Man" Collins Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals
Erick Anderson Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Anthony Davis Vocals
Kyle Borchert Trumpet
Rajiah Johnson Flute
Dustin Kiel Lap Steel Guitar
Mankwe Ndosi Vocals
Scotty Rapp Synthesizer
Jessie Wilimek Vocals
Channy Leaneagh Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Atmosphere Composer, Producer
Joe Mabbott Engineer
Sean Daley Composer, Author
Anthony Davis Author
MK Larada Illustrations
Nate Collis Composer
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