Through brilliant songcraft and production, Atmosphere’s “To All My Friends, Blood Makes the Blade Holy,” reflects their status as one of the more recognizable rap acts for today’s college audience.
Sean (Slug) Daley’s sardonic lyrics express heavy themes of depression and resentment yet come across as dry and unappealing. However, his sarcasm and dry wit makes the album more intricate and commands attention to his personal, relatable struggle.
Producer Anthony (Ant) Davis has generated a noticeably cleaner sound than on previous records because he incorporates a live band as opposed to blending samples and scratching on turntables.“Freefallin’” combines clever lyrics from Slug with a steady, crisp tone designed by Ant.
The group’s new album is an example of high-quality hip-hop that can be enjoyed by all fans of the genre.