As these lines imply, Atmosphere's latest disc doesn't brim with the sort of Fun alluded to in its title. Nevertheless, the recording's bluntness (which has precious little to do with blunts) proves compelling. Slug's honest, even at the risk of embarrassing himself; after describing a booming car stereo in "Watch Out," he admits, "I must be gettin' old, 'cause the bass sounds ridiculous." Yet he thrives amid producer Ant's dense, old-school sonics, turning "Panic Attack" and "Bam" into aural assaults that are as aggressive as they are literate.
Hip-hop fans who only want a good time won't enjoy this Atmosphere. But for anyone interested in something deeper, it's a breath of fresh air.