Review Summary: In the face of harsh times, Cloud Nothings attempts to serve its listeners with an escape from reality.
Living in unprecedented times of a pandemic can evoke emotions of gloom and despair. Given this, one would expect an album fully recorded during quarantine to convey similar emotions. Despite Dylan Baldi’s lyrics at times echoing these same feelings of melancholy, this record is the most melodic the band has released so far.
The Black Hole Understands
is made up of mid-tempo tracks that cut the fat, leaving out the occasional musical flairs and spastic freak outs typically expected from the band. Instead, the album relies on its melodies and choruses to carry the weight. Dylan seeks to uplift listeners by injecting moments of optimism like his soft croons of ‘life won’t always be this way’ on “The Sound Of Everyone”. “A Silent Reaction” is another song that comes through with one of the band’s sweetest sounding choruses yet. In the face of harsh times, Cloud Nothings attempts to serve its listeners with an escape from reality. The band flirts with their pop sensibilities but also try to retain the edge of previous releases. This comes at a fault as the band seem hesitant to fully embrace their melodic side as this record aims to be their most accessible. As a result, their effort at writing catchy and memorable material varies in effectiveness.
Even when things become more upbeat, Baldi restrained delivery throughout the album muffles the energy trying to breach from underneath the vocals. These moments expose the flaws of the album. When tracks such as “A Weird Introduction” or “Memory of Regret” miss the mark on sticking onto the listener’s mind, there is much less of a reason to revisit said tracks. As Cloud Nothings refrain from fully indulging in their pop leanings or entertaining their punk edge, the record reveals itself to be a very tame affair when compared to their previous outings.
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