Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. May 12, 2014
    80
    Atmosphere has never been afraid to bare everything, strip things down to their most honest form, and grow with their listeners. Southsiders is the next step in that lineage, and one that falls directly in line with their previous work.
  2. May 6, 2014
    80
    Growth and groundation are skillfully balanced on Southsiders, this is arguably the most deep and different album in the band's discography.
  3. May 13, 2014
    70
    It's lines like [in "Flicker" that] keep me coming back to Atmosphere's music, and make Southsiders another solid entry into the Atmosphere catalogue, warts and all.
  4. May 6, 2014
    70
    Southsiders is extremely competent, and has enough really great beats to more than make up for the general air of insouciance. It's good. It just ain't essential.
  5. May 6, 2014
    70
    It's a tried, tested and true formula that has allowed these two humble cats from the land where Kirby Puckett smacked homers to do this for so long.
  6. May 6, 2014
    70
    Southsiders is a solid album. The production is consistent and there are moments of enlightenment from Slug. But due to Atmosphere’s already extensive catalog, it doesn’t easily separate itself from previous works.
  7. May 9, 2014
    63
    For the first time in Atmosphere's long career, the stakes feel low, and Southsiders feels both pleasant and noncommittal, like it isn't even convinced of its own right to exist.
  8. Alternative Press
    May 6, 2014
    60
    The disc is at least 20 minutes too long, with Slug coming off like he's simply recycling the same lyrical ideas in the last third of the album. [Jun 2014, p.104]
  9. 58
    Southsiders is an Atmosphere album, which means that it is going to be better than many hip-hop releases this year, but it’s also exactly what you’d expect from the artists and has moments that feel outdated.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 8, 2015
    8
    A really great album with a lot of catchy songs, this is actually the first time I actually sat down and listen to Atmosphere album from startA really great album with a lot of catchy songs, this is actually the first time I actually sat down and listen to Atmosphere album from start to finish and I do not regret. If you're a Atmosphere fan I recommend this album. Full Review »
  2. Jun 23, 2014
    8
    this is a very good album, despite being a bit inconsistent over the past few years. this is definitely not a classic like previous efforts,this is a very good album, despite being a bit inconsistent over the past few years. this is definitely not a classic like previous efforts, but still better than a lot of releases this year. as being a fan of Slug since Overcast!, it's good to see him still around and making good music. Full Review »
  3. May 19, 2014
    10
    Very strong Atmosphere album. Not the same feel as God Loves Ugly or When Life Gives You Lemons, but it is a highly enjoyable album. BestVery strong Atmosphere album. Not the same feel as God Loves Ugly or When Life Gives You Lemons, but it is a highly enjoyable album. Best tracks in my opinion are Camera Thief, Arthur's Song & January On Lake Street. Full Review »