Atmosphere - Sad Clown Bad Winter 11 CD EP
|Slug and Ant are back with the 11th in the Sad Clown series. The winter edition of the seasonal EPs leading up to the big day, April 22, 2008, when Atmosphere drops their 6th official studio album, ''When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.''|
|1.||Don't Stop |
|2.||66th Street |
|3.||They All Get Mad At You|
|5.||Ha, This One Is About Alcohol Too |
Not Exactly The Heat I Was Expecting (3 Stars)
, March 7, 2008
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I have to hand it to Slug & Ant for turning out such a diverse set of EP releases as of late. "Sad Clown Bad Summer", "Fall" & "Winter" (still waiting on "Spring") are as interesting as they are dissimilar. "Summer" is by far my favorite, and it stands in stark contrast to "Winter". The vibe is fitting overall. It boasts a darker, more electronic soundscape. "Winter" is reminiscent of the short, dreary days that inspired this EP.
"Don't Stop" kicks off the EP, and for a second there, I thought I put in a Rush CD - as Ant's beat sound's a lot like "Tom Sawyer". It boasts a more electronic/industrial vibe that works fairly decent with Slug's darker set of lyrics. Not a bad opener. "66th Street" stands as one of the stronger cuts here. A nice funky-driven guitar lick and a some clever lyrics from Slug keeps it driving. "They All Get Mad At You" takes off with a dirty, menacing (and somewhat boring) beat. Personally, I'm not feeling the aggressiveness of the track. "Beautiful" doesn't quite serve it's title. The song is well-constructed, but is easily the most forgettable on the CD. "Ha, This One Is About Alcohol Too" is my favorite joint here. The beat is bouncy and memorable, and Slug's lyrics are excellent.
Overall, this installment lacks infectious choruses (see "Summer" for the best hooks). It also lacks replay value. I've played it 4 times and it's not really "growing on me" at all. Overall, I'm not really digging the vibe that is being expressed here. Ant is better serving a soulful platter of wax like he pumped out on the "Summer" installment. That's just one reviewers opinion though.