The Family Sign

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Jan 8, 2016
    6
    I'm a big fan of Atmosphere and have been listening to them for a long time. I did not really care for this album. There were soem good songs but most of the tracks felt forced or meaningless. Just not the best showing from Atmosphere, and okay rap album.
  2. Dec 23, 2012
    8
    It's a good album, yeah, but he's reached his climax. Slug knows that, so he's settling down with this album. It's a good storytelling perspective and I believe it's still a good album, but not on the levels of Overcast! or God Loves Ugly. It is of course an album to add to the collection though.
  3. May 2, 2011
    8
    Pretty good record. I expect nothing less from Atmosphere at this point. It's not as awesome as some of his other records, but it's better than a few, too. Kinda depressing on the whole; nothing like "You Can't Imagine..." I'd recommend it, though--especially if you like his other stuff.
  4. Apr 22, 2011
    9
    Longtime fans may be disappointed, but that's just because they know how good Atmosphere is. With two full-time instrumentalists brought on, the production is great, and usually appropriately somber. The lyrical content has drastically changed, and I think Slug intends for Atmosphere to now be synonymous with storytelling rap. If you come in expecting that you'll be pleased. Don't expectLongtime fans may be disappointed, but that's just because they know how good Atmosphere is. With two full-time instrumentalists brought on, the production is great, and usually appropriately somber. The lyrical content has drastically changed, and I think Slug intends for Atmosphere to now be synonymous with storytelling rap. If you come in expecting that you'll be pleased. Don't expect another introspective, wordplay-filled album though, I fear those days are long gone. Expand
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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    70
    Anyone intrigued by the idea of emo-rap at its most introspective will find this a well-crafted and moving effort, while returning Atmosphere fans get the satisfying usual with some extra maturity and growth.
  2. Aug 3, 2011
    60
    The Family Sign commits a few of hip hop's cardinal sins and doesn't provide nearly enough justification for doing so.
  3. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    The Family Sign is a strong continuation and addition to a powerful series of modern rap albums. It's bigger than past records and heavier, a nice combination that genuinely puts the listener into an emotional flux.