When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

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When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
Studio album by Atmosphere
Released April 22, 2008 (2008-04-22)
Genre Hip hop
Alternative hip hop
Length 54:36
Label Rhymesayers
Producer Ant
Atmosphere chronology
Sad Clown Bad Spring 12
(2008)Sad Clown Bad Spring 122008
When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Sh!t Gold
Leak At Will
(2009)Leak At Will2009
Alternative cover
Hard cover book cover
Hard cover book cover
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (68/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
About 5/5 stars[2]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (B+)[4]
HipHopDX 4.5/5 stars[5]
The New York Times (favorable)[6]
Paste (favorable)[7]
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10)[8]
RapReviews (9.5/10)[9]

When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold is the fifth studio album by the Minneapolis hip hop group Atmosphere. It was released on Atmosphere's own Rhymesayers Entertainment label on April 22, 2008. It was praised for Ant's synthesizer-based production and Slug's storytelling rap.[1] The album even features a cameo performance by singer songwriter, Tom Waits who performs guitar and Beatboxing on the song "The Waitress".


The album was released in two different packages: a standard digipak and a limited edition (25,000 copies) 36-page hard-cover book featuring an illustrated children's story written by Slug and a bonus DVD entitled Sad Clown Bad Dub 13 containing over an hour of live footage and extras.[10]


At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68% based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold debuted at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 36,000 copies in its first week. It is Atmosphere's first album to reach the top ten of the Billboard 200 and the highest charting release from the independent label Rhymesayers Entertainment.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Like the Rest of Us" 3:20
2. "Puppets" 3:41
3. "The Skinny" 3:36
4. "Dreamer" 4:04
5. "Shoulda Known" 3:06
6. "You" 3:14
7. "Painting" 3:00
8. "Your Glass House" 3:58
9. "Yesterday" 3:23
10. "Guarantees" 4:32
11. "Me" 3:40
12. "Wild Wild Horses" 4:14
13. "Can't Break" 3:33
14. "The Waitress (Feat.Tom Waits)" 3:00
15. "In Her Music Box" 4:20
16. "Vanity Sick" (iTunes "Bonus Video Version" bonus track) 2:52
17. "Sunshine (Live) [Video]" (iTunes "Bonus Video Version" bonus track)  
18. "Guarantees (Live) [Video]" (iTunes "Bonus Video Version" bonus track[12])  


Additional personnel


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