Atmosphere
Overcast!


3.0
good

Review

by Marko Polovina USER (90 Reviews)
July 28th, 2009 | 88 replies | 14,550 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: " And the list goes on and on...."

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

The cynical and sometimes depressive hip-hop rhymester Slug has made a name for himself in the recent years. Although he and much of Minnesota is booming as of late, his debut was a clear cut reason why he is recognized as of today. What may be more important than anything else on Overcast! is the production doesn't overtake Slug's beats as recent albums (not a detriment on any of his work with Ant) . The producer on Overcast! and later the Lucy Ford EP is Spawn (Derek Turner); immediately noticeable is the lack of energy across both pieces of material. Overcast! may benefit from it, as Slug really has his time to shine.

The constant bombardment of problems, complaining, causes of depression, and even relationships is embraced in full force as "Scapegoat" sparing no one. Slug goes on to blame AIDS, women, gangs, religion, hip-hop rivalries, drugs - much like he says the list goes on, on, and on. "Scapegoat" would remain to be his stamp to allow his fan base to grow from. College radios ate it up and its easily noticeable to say the least. It's exactly what you all want to bitch about, right here on a fantastic, pessimistic, and un-loving track. This is an obvious highlight on Overcast!, which is why its so hard to see through all 18 tracks. Many are un-loved by both or either Spawn and Slug. The former may take most of the blame, but it would seem the first incarnation of Atmosphere was lacking in both timing and beats.

Much of Overcast! may feel 2nd class to you on the first few listens, but of course Slug has a few tricks up his sleeve. Although his more recent albums are more dark in nature, Overcast! doesn't neccessarily take a step in that direction entirely. Overcast! is more of a boast in lyrical attacks not aimed at a certain group. Slug's debut is exactly as you'd expect from an unproven hip-hop artist, he's trying to garner some acclaim in the local scene and gain some recognition. Glimpses of the boasting as I said is brought to the forefront with the playful "1597" and somewhat too fast for its own good "Brief Description". Rumblings of his skills, both on the mic and open mic assaults would soon prove to be true. It would seem Slug had more motivation to essentially "make it", for one still working at a record store, while pulling overtime shifts at Target just to support his only son would be incentive enough to try to pull together something.Spawn would later decide that Atmosphere as a group would be unworthy to continue and would move to Houston.

Honestly,Overcast! does suffer from a few amateur moments, both from Spawn and Slug. Spawn for one begins to bring some watered-down, uninteresting, background beats that neither help or even meld with Slug's voice and the various contributors. Slug himself would be at fault for trying to find his angle. As in the present time its obvious that Atmosphere the collective and Slug more so, feeds off the disinterest and depression of his youth. That type of edge and attachment would prove to keep him in the light and consitently improve on those aspects. Overcast! is more of a mash-up of ideas and neither is extremely cohesive or worthwhile. Although lyrically a mature album, both the lack of direction and slow-moving beats are not welcome to the ears of some.



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MassiveAttack
July 28th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I had this rated at 3.5 before I listened to this a few more times to review and it really drops off towards the middle of the album.

Recommended: 1597, Complications, Clay, Scapegoat, Cave In

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2009



20856 Comments


Not bad Marko. There's something about the intro paragraph that's not right though. For want of a better explanation, it sort of jumps into the review like there was a paragraph before it. Did you maybe edit this down from a longer review?

MassiveAttack
July 28th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nope, I just decided to discuss the problem with Overcast! before going into the album itself.

illmitch
July 28th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is pretty interesting. as a whole i'm not really an atmosphere fan, a lot of their stuff
bores me, but i like this, lucy ford, and god loves ugly

good review too

MassiveAttack
July 28th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really didn't get into Lucy Ford. God Loves Ugly is sweet though.

illmitch
July 28th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

some of the lucy ford songs are ehhh but some of them are great

woman with the tattooed hands rules

ninjuice
July 28th 2009



6760 Comments


Something Atmosphere is on my every changing and growing to-get list. Great review.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 28th 2009



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a tiny bit less crappy than some of their other records.

foreverendeared
July 28th 2009



14678 Comments


for one still working at the a record store
other than that, good review.

MassiveAttack
July 28th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm curious Sobhi why don't you like Atmosphere? Is it just his approach or style?

illmitch
July 28th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well atmosphere isn't really all that good

MassiveAttack
July 28th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Last album was 4/5 for me =)

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 28th 2009



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

syllabically he's boring, flow-wise he's boring; these coupled with the low key production (reallllly minimal and not in a good way) make for a run of the mill west coast hip-hop record. it's rather derivative. the subject matter is okay but who cares.

MassiveAttack
July 28th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I find him refreshing, but I'm not entirely into the hip-hop genre myself, so I wouldn't know. Then again I do enjoy more alternative sounding hip-hop that's either odd or accessible like Atmosphere or Aesop Rock.

illmitch
July 28th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah i think the appeal of a lot of Rhymesayers/Def Jux stuff is mostly limited to those who don't mainly listen to hip hop

MassiveAttack
July 28th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well I do listen to some classics, but I really can't get into Lil' Wayne, or southern hip-hop as most hip-hop enthusiasts do themselves.

foreverendeared
July 29th 2009



14678 Comments


i listen to my fair share of hip-hop and i still love atmosphere

bugaloffer
July 31st 2009



1 Comments


Why does the cover look like Andrew Hill's Judgement!!!?

MassiveAttack
July 31st 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Whoa, it really is extremely similar. Not sure why...a ode or salute I suppose? lol I don't see the correlation with this record and that jazz record...interesting. Maybe there are references within the music. I'm to lazy to backtrack though =(

Inveigh
August 27th 2009



24879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spawn didn't do much of the production on this album, that was pretty much all Ant. Also, Spawn did absolutely no production for Lucy Ford -- that was all Ant as well.

Overall good review, but this album is an undisputed classic in the underground hip-hop scene.

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