Cloudkicker
Let Yourself Be Huge


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (82 Reviews)
December 26th, 2013 | 97 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For anyone seeking out uplifting music look no further.

In a discography that was dominated by heavy post metal at the time, "Let Yourself Be Huge" was a breath of fresh air. Ben Sharp showed us that he had absolutely no problem creating heavy music. After listening to two incredible records in a row, it was clear that he dug himself into an impressive niche, but it is always a fantastic idea to switch things up every once in a while. This time around we get one of the most uplifting albums ever created that is delivered to us through unexpectedly soothing guitar melodies and an overall pleasant atmosphere. Basically, imagine an entire album of songs like 'It's Just Wide-Open Field' from "Beacons" and that is essentially "Let Yourself Be Huge" in a nutshell. From the perfect way the album art showcases the mood to the stunning way it ends, this record soars.

Instrumental music often has a power that no other genre could ever duplicate. It is capable of mirroring some of your memories and it makes you experience them again in unexpected ways. In this case, "Let Yourself Be Huge" brings out all of the beloved memories that you will always remember. As soon as the beautiful acoustic guitar kicks off in 'Welcome Back,' it's very clear that Sharp was going for something along these lines. Rest assured, it's impossible to not feel something uplifting or some sort of catharsis while listening to this. It's also extremely impressive how this record manages to accomplish all of this in just under twenty six minutes.

It alternates between interludes that are under two minutes and longer pieces that make up the meat of the record. Each piece of music brings something new to the table. 'Explore, Be Curious' utilizes extremely catchy guitar riffs that have a very unique sound to them while one of the highlights of the record, 'The Word Water,' showcases a pleasantly gentle acoustic guitar riff. Granted, the record as a whole is driven by guitar, but make no mistake that it's bursting at the seams with variety and amazing build ups like in 'It's Inside Me, and I'm Inside It.' The song starts out with just a simple acoustic guitar, but it builds into an incredibly soothing crescendo. The bass also really adds to the uplifting atmosphere and the rhythms that Sharp programmed into the music help bring everything full circle. The fact that Sharp doesn't seek out a session drummer to play his music really shows what a talented musician that he is. He accomplishes all of this music by himself as a one man band and this record reveals how passionate he is for his art.

Out of every song on "Let Yourself Be Huge" the song you will be floored by is the title track and what a way to end an album like this. It epitomizes happiness in every way possible and once the song crescendos into a tear jerking guitar riff at the 1:47 mark all you will feel is euphoria. It also boasts a complex drumming performance and vocals that come in out of nowhere that add to the euphoric atmosphere in unexpected ways. Anxiety can be a powerful force that consumes like cancer and like cancer, left untreated could lead to devastating consequences. However, this song evokes a sense of hope, faith and serenity that most songs simply feel to convey even when they try their hardest. I implore anyone who is going through a deep state of anxiety or even depression to give this song alone a listen. Plus, the significance of the title "Let Yourself Be Huge" proves to be all too appropriate because of the hope that the song conveys: To not live in the shadows of our doubt and reach for the sky and truly let ourselves be bigger than we truly are. It's the absolutely perfect note to end this short but sweet record on and anymore who is truly suffering from deep despair should look to here for a brief escape. The final track alone exists as a testament to make the most about life and to look at life as a blessing, giving true meaning to a certain phrase. However, it's not "I think," but "I know." Take these aspects away from this album as a whole and most importantly, this song and the path to happiness will be a lot less shorter.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
zaruyache
December 26th 2013


6443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

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YakNips
December 26th 2013


10736 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Mongi for contrib 2014

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Killerhit
December 26th 2013


5250 Comments


Mongi for president 2016

Drummerboy123
December 26th 2013


2355 Comments


t/t owns soooooo hard.

MikeC26
December 26th 2013


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Never dug this or fade at all

But good review dude

RivalSkoomaDealer
December 26th 2013


782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This grew off me a bit but its still a great listen.

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2013


10222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the kind words guys.

Yea mike like I said its not for everyone, it's at least you appreciate it a little.

Killerhit
December 26th 2013


5250 Comments


anything for you mongi

Mad.
December 26th 2013


3823 Comments


Damn bro, you are prolific as shiieeet.
Might check this, didn't like the heaviness of his other records.

I'm getting that you like instrumental music, check Solterra - Umbra. sorry for bombarding you with recs recently but this is one of the best things I've ever heard, pretty much perfection on every level and by Sputnik's very own Twichtly

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2013


10222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha I take it once a week is a lot? And once rec at a time bro haha I'm still enjoy TPT :D

Of course man post rock is an amazing genre.

jmnewcomer18
December 26th 2013


3408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, bro! Check out the band "Long Distance Calling" sometime. Great stuff.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2013


10222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Says a similar band is GIAA. Sounds promising.

Ecnalzen
December 26th 2013


6531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NICE. I be so proud of you for reviewing Cloudkicker, Mongi. Glad you ended up liking this.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2013


10222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude it's such a great record. I like it a little more than The Discovery.

And I'm glad you ended up loving All is Violent, All is Bright btw!

Ecnalzen
December 26th 2013


6531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Duuuuuude. That record is pretty phenomenal. I don't know what it is about it, but I likes. It almost feels like a movie soundtrack.

I know this has been said before, but the fucking title track on this...

Damn.

YakNips
December 26th 2013


10736 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah title track is best song here but The Word Water is a close second

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2013


10222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea man the title track is a masterpiece.

That record is movie music at it's finest. Idk what it is about it either. It's so simple yet so complex. It's also pretty unique.

SnakeDelilah
December 26th 2013


7162 Comments


Yet another masterpiece by Mongi123. Thumbs up.

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2013


10222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha thanks bro. You like Cloudkicker at all?

YakNips
December 26th 2013


10736 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for writing this so I remembered to jam this, haven't jammed it in too long. It's still perfect and it really cheered me up so thank you.



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