Cloud Nothings
Last Building Burning


4.0
excellent

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (124 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2018 | 31 replies


Release Date: 10/19/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This time louder, let’s see next time.

Cloud Nothings have had quite a turbulent career run, but that is entirely their own fault. See, they are a little too keen on flip-flopping from style to style. At first they were a regular lo-fi indie band, then they delved a little deeper into the melancholy and distant influences of old-school post-hardcore (the ancient 90s one, not the bloated modern one, back when it still had a lot of emo aspects), then there was the slightly rawer period, then the sudden drop into mellow indie, and now it is shouting punky rawness. It would have been a mistake to say that the band has one distinct style they either go away from or come back to, their shtick is to always change. The question remains, whether that change is always as successful as the band would like it to be.

I couldn’t say that for their past couple of records that, albeit sounded decently enough, had plenty of non-distinct banalities plaguing its quality, making them (especially Life Without Sound) pretty much just another unremarkable record in the style everyone has heard and been tired of a million times. That is not to say that Last Building Burning is a shining example of pure originality, but its energy and beating song-writing and slightly rustier execution is what makes it a banger that will etch itself into your memory. Many songs here could have been soft mediocrities, had they not been played with those loud, crass and abrasive punk influences, had the drums not been inclined to be clattering, had the production not been distorted, had the vocals not been shouting and froggish. Songs like “Leave Him Now” and “In Shame” come to mind (I should also mention that it doesn’t always work either…eh-ehm… “Offer An End”).

On its highest peaks, this record is extravagant, adventurous and tumultuous. “The Echo of the World” is one of those songs you just want to see live to fully experience the energy, the spirit and the momentary surge into musical euphoria. “Dissolution” absolutely did not need to be as long as it was, but in the context of the album that keeps on giving, the additional five minutes of noise and instrumental murmur comes off as a bonus to the atmosphere.

A return to form? What form? There never was one. This is just a stop amid their journey and it so happens that this stop is a heavy one, with a lot of distortion, gnarly tunes and energetic performances. Enjoy it while it lasts before the band pulls another indie pop record on you.



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Papa Universe
December 3rd 2018


22443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Shabalabadadada

theBoneyKing
December 3rd 2018


17740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. Good album. Haven’t heard anything else by them though.

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2018


25036 Comments


only know 2 off of Attack on Memory, how does this compare?

theBoneyKing
December 3rd 2018


17740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Con I’d say you should def give this a go, this is definitely more standardly up your alley than it is mine and it’s a very strong 3.5 for me so I expect you’d enjoy it at least the same amount.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2018


17048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So much better than the last one. Great review Uni. Last pos burning.

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MotokoKusanagi
December 3rd 2018


2384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

only 3 tracks in but wow this is way better than their other recent work that i heard

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2018


10124 Comments


Solid review my man, well put and brief.

Papa Universe
December 3rd 2018


22443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cheers, folks.

Divaman
December 3rd 2018


4434 Comments


I've heard of these guys, but don't know much about them (at least until now). Pos.

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SandwichBubble
December 3rd 2018


10527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice one.

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butcherboy
December 3rd 2018


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

pos.. meh album though..

Papa Universe
December 3rd 2018


22443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

meh yourself, really

butcherboy
December 3rd 2018


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Mmmmmmmmmmmmeh..

Papa Universe
December 3rd 2018


22443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

you had 'mmm' in there 4x. that's a sign of appetite and you put it in four times. so you enjoyed 4/5 of it and the rest was eh.. got it

butcherboy
December 3rd 2018


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

it would be a sign of appetite, if I was a low budget cartoon character..

Papa Universe
December 3rd 2018


22443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

pity, you're just a low budget real-life character

butcherboy
December 3rd 2018


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

that’s right.. so there will be no Pow! and Bam! screens when the punching begins..

Papa Universe
December 3rd 2018


22443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

but you will run off screaming "Ouchies!"

Snake.
December 3rd 2018


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yeah dudes

Storm In A Teacup
December 3rd 2018


26922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

my 3 is more positive than butchers and it feels like it could grow on me



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