Cloud Nothings
Attack on Memory


4.5
superb

Review

by Sean Milo USER (24 Reviews)
January 15th, 2012 | 15 replies | 2,185 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We're over it now

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Maturity is a very loosely interpreted term used in reference to music. What exactly makes a band mature? When reading criticism it is notable that maturity tends to be directly proportional to the somberness of the music. When The National released High Violet back in 2010 to shining reviews, writers threw the term 'maturity' a lot, solely because the music was significantly less upbeat than their previous efforts, almost as if the members themselves had grown up (despite most of them being in ther 40's). But when I think of a bands maturation, I think of them as finally finding their sound and defining who they are as musicians, which I think is how the term should be interpreted. In this sense, 20 year old Dylan Baldi's pop-punk outfit Cloud Nothings, hailing from nothing but a knack for catchy pop hooks and some lo-fi recording equipment and evolving into a dark, jam-prone emo powerhouse, has definitely matured in every sense of the term.

Cloud Nothing's self-titled debut, recorded by nobody but Baldi alone, definitely already seemed like a mature release. Baldi definitely knew what he was doing, and sounded like he was content with continuing in the poppy and youthful and almost radio-friendly direction he was already headed. Anthems such as "Should Have" and "All The Time" would sound golden in the ears of the Tom Delogne worshipping teenagers of today. On his sophomore effort, recorded by the legendary Steve Albini, Baldi dropped the themes of young love and other teenage emotion and replaced it with a darker and more emo driven overtone, which is immediately evident by the eerie piano line that opens up the album on "No Future/No Past". The change that Cloud Nothings has went through since their debut is almost shocking, with Baldi chanting "Give up/come to/no/we're through" throughout the track and slowly building up until the track's outro, which features a screaming chorus of the track's title.

Although the music may be significantly darker, the catchy pop tunes are still there. The lead single on the album, "Stay Useless", features the usual catchy guitar riffs and song structure from Cloud Nothing's self titled, similar to the instrumental track "Separation", which really wouldn't even seem too out of place on the self titled. In a recent interview, Baldi stated his ambition to make the album a "music album" and not a "pop album", with a "pop album" being a collection of songs that you could pull out and listen to (much like the self titled, or the earlier compilation Turning On), and a "music album" being one singular experience. But one of the more significant points that he made was in reference to the album's title, saying that the record was an attack on memory of what people thought the band was, which it definitely works well as. The joyful, poppy Cloud Nothings that made tracks such as "Can't Stay Awake" and "All The Time" has passed, and the band has now matured into what they will now be in times to come. On "No Sentiment", Baldi harshly growls "no nostalgia/no sentiment/we're over it now".



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Shrapnel94
January 15th 2012



2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Originally posted here
http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/2012/01/album-review-cloud-nothings-attack-on.html

carouse
January 15th 2012



300 Comments


You make this sound fantastic, great review. My only complaint is that I think it would be better off without the lyrics as a closer. Otherwise, awesome job.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



6366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules

Intro paragraph is a bit too clich├ęd for my taste, but otherwise this is a nicely written review. Have a pos!

Digging: Shackleton - Deliverance Series No. 1

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best album of January? Bloody might be!

DoubtGin
January 15th 2012



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best album so far next to Matt Elliot's new one

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I quiet dig the new Maccabees too. Not to bad, January so far.

DoubtGin
January 15th 2012



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That one was a disappointment to me (kind of). I actually expected them to continue the sound of their last one, but I was hoping for them to go back to the quirky indie pop of the debut.

iFghtffyrdmns
January 15th 2012



7047 Comments


not bad sean, not bad at all

letsgofishing
January 15th 2012



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have an issue with the adjective of "emo" being thrown around in this review...this doesn't strike me as emo at all.
Or is that just the standard adjective for every indie record that doesn't happen to be a joyful pop album.

Everything else is great. POS'd

Shrapnel94
January 15th 2012



2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah I don't mean emo as in just generally sad, I think it sounds pretty emo

letsgofishing
January 15th 2012



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

of course when I think of emo I think of My Chemical Romance and Brand New so you might be right. It's all subjective anyway at this margin.

Geist
January 16th 2012



371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think one chorus-worth of screaming is hardly emo.

But anyway, great write-up.

Shrapnel94
January 16th 2012



2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It sounded emo influenced to me and if that offends anybody then please forgive me

Wildorwhat
January 23rd 2012



86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Emo as in Sunny Day Real Estate and The Get Up Kids.

ThroneOfAgony
June 19th 2012



3485 Comments


this album is fantastic. probably my aoty so far tbh



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