Record review round-up declares Atmosphere "pretty good"



is too damn slow. It's been over a week since the release of



You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having

, and the review-compiling website still hasn't managed to tell us the good word on the duo's latest disc. Okay, so maybe it's the major publications who aren't on top of things. (Look for our own Atmosphere review in a future issue of

City Pages

!) But thanks to the early birds and a quick Google search, we came up with a scientifically calculated average that we believe to be astoundingly accurate. And that number is... 77 out of 100. Thank you bloggers and online hip-hop zines and Iowa State Daily. We couldn't have done it without you.

Jive Magazine - 5 out of 5 "This is Atmosphere's best album yet and that says a hell of a lot doesn't it?"

OkayPlayer - 5 out of 5 "Ant's beautiful production and lyrics from Slug that actually peek from his solipsistic cage make this a special album."

Iowa State Daily - 5 out of 5 "["Little Man"] is powerful enough to make you question what your life is worth."

Now Magazine - 4 out of 4 "Rugged, ragged soul, blues and gospel breaks, beautiful loops that complement perfectly Slug's melodious introspective, salient, wise-guy white-boy flows."

RapSearch - 4.5 out of 5 "[Slug's] mic performance rivals the best MCs in hip-hop, mainstream or underground."

Eye Weekly - 4 out of 5 "Ant's knack for mixing complex melody lines over golden soul samples makes him a force to be reckoned with."

Playboy - 3 out of 4 "Slug is rap's version of Vince Vaughn's character in Swingers, occasionally dropping emotional sob stories that are much more than well-laid traps."

DecoyMusic - 3.5 out of 5 "Ant seems influenced by Kanye West's recent success and has dabbled with West's production style - something that he does successfully yet originally."

Pitchfork Media - 5.9 out of 10 "At the risk of sounding like one of those kids who watches "The O.C.," Atmosphere was always for those moments when a woman ripped your heart out, then punched you in the neck. " (Site has disappeared in the last 24 hours. Come back, angry blogger!) - 0 out of 5 "I'm not going to listen to the actual lyrics, because I'm afraid they might make me dumber."

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