Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings


4.0
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
January 21st, 2011 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Feel good music for people who don't care if they feel good...

After twenty-one years of life in Ohio, it’s safe to say that there is no place I’d rather be, and no place that I’d rather escape from. Don’t get me wrong, Ohio’s got it all, but at the same time it’s barren, flat, and holds pretty much nothing of incredible interest, like some of the “glitz and glam” states, falling somewhere between Arkansas and Idaho on the imaginary “State Coolness scale“. However, Ohio-- the picturesque “Heart of It All”--is honest, genuine, and filled to the brim with exuberance and personality, making it the perfect place to birth Cloud Nothings’ self-titled debut.

You see, Cloud Nothings exist in a world where no one gives a *** about where their music may take them; where veritable passion and creativity trump long term goals and aspirations. Cloud Nothings feels so free in this sense, embracing every pithy aspect of a scrappy young garage band, all while taking cues from the modern day indie rock scene. At its core, however, the album is a completely “rock and roll” effort, utilizing the guitarist/bassist/drummer/vocalist paradigm to its full extent. Added to that, the lo-fi production lets every little imperfection slide, only adding to the overall genuine and honest nature of the music. It sounds a bit hackneyed, and a tad cheap, but it all converges into an unrefined, but charming, mixture of reckless, youthful abandon, and ardent musicianship.

At a little less than a half an hour, Cloud Nothings gets its point across in a very brief amount of time. Were it a minute longer, the album would surely wear out its welcome--it is short, but short with purpose. The simplistic song structure is kind of conducive to bouts of boredom, but Cloud Nothings really prevent this, keeping the energy up with curt little bursts, as no song even comes close to the four minute mark. The pace is incredible, letting the album chug along blissfully, while at the same time allowing for the listener to appreciate everything the work has to offer. Tracks like “Heartbeat” and “You’re No Good At Anything” blaze with an nigh-angry fervor, while “All the Time” and “Should Have” have a more mellow, heartfelt tone. Hell, “Nothing’s Wrong” is even throws a dance-y track into the mix. The variety of tracks like these make Cloud Nothings a joy, for the cool jams and lackadaisical anthems are pertinent for any mood.

Cloud Nothing is heartily enjoyable--an album that sardonically brushes off expectations, embracing the exploratory feeling that rock and roll once had. It’s a bit shallow, sure, but the catchy, capricious nature of the short, bombastic tracks make for an endlessly playable, and wholly entertaining, debut album.



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3.1
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Comments:Add a Comment 
robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2011


17564 Comments


this band is awesome

Electric City
Emeritus
January 21st 2011


15762 Comments


robertsona said my college band sounds like this so they must be 5/5

cvlts
January 21st 2011


9653 Comments


"theres nothing wrong with ohio... except the snow and the rain/ i really like drew carey and i'd
love to see the rock and roll hall of fame"


kanecooper
January 21st 2011


630 Comments


cool band

Enotron
January 22nd 2011


7695 Comments


god fucking damnit literally everybody is taking my claims wtf am i supposed to review damnnniitttt

Observer
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2011


7383 Comments


oh yeah? ill stream a track

awesome xeno

Digging: Thought Industry - Short Wave on a Cold Day

cvlts
January 22nd 2011


9653 Comments


lol u mad eno?

Enotron
January 22nd 2011


7695 Comments


lol u mad eno?


type frustrated bro

Enotron
January 22nd 2011


7695 Comments


s'all good

ZiggyPop
January 22nd 2011


92 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah the Braids review was totally on here before the release date, and as far as I know there was no stream - just mediafire links.



Saw this band on Tuesday, was awesome. Listening to the album now

Tyrael
January 22nd 2011


21113 Comments


Yes Xenophanes! Oooh that rhymes!

Kiran
Emeritus
January 23rd 2011


6071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah the Braids review was totally on here before the release date, and as far as I know there was no stream - just mediafire links.


nah, it was streaming at hypem since the beginning of jan



nice work xenophanes, this is an awesome album.

OutOfMyself
January 23rd 2011


688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't see this ever going over a 3.5 for me, but the review was still excellent.

Tyrael
January 23rd 2011


21113 Comments


Well thanks to you I'm hooked, well done Xeno...

MassiveAttack
January 23rd 2011


2754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice job broseph =)

liledman
January 23rd 2011


3828 Comments


one of your better reviews, nice work man.

Rumulox
January 23rd 2011


57 Comments


I love Ohio

joshuatree
Emeritus
January 24th 2011


3741 Comments


need to get this

Kiran
Emeritus
January 24th 2011


6071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you Kirgasm. Might I ask what your favorite track is?



Honestly, when I listen to this, I listen to the entire thing. I mean, why not? It's only a half hour long, and it kind of demands it when you're listening to it.


hard to choose a fav because i do pretty much the same. i'm a total sucker for these really short, really fun records.

Kiran
Emeritus
January 24th 2011


6071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you should give 'turning on' a listen since you like this



its a compilation of the songs off their first two EPs



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