8 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few bands manage to pull off the kind of hard left turn Cloud Nothings made between Cloud Nothings and Attack on Memory. Leaving behind the fizzy, sweetly frenetic sound of Dylan Baldi’s early recordings, Memory finds Baldi—now backed by a muscular band—plowing full speed into far darker territory, from the dirge-like “No Future/No Past” to the explosive “Wasted Days,” which winds up with Baldi howling, “I thought I would be more than this.” Even the album’s brightest moment, “Stay Useless,” has a serrated edge to it—the kind of balance between gravel and honey that Nirvana found circa Nevermind.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few bands manage to pull off the kind of hard left turn Cloud Nothings made between Cloud Nothings and Attack on Memory. Leaving behind the fizzy, sweetly frenetic sound of Dylan Baldi’s early recordings, Memory finds Baldi—now backed by a muscular band—plowing full speed into far darker territory, from the dirge-like “No Future/No Past” to the explosive “Wasted Days,” which winds up with Baldi howling, “I thought I would be more than this.” Even the album’s brightest moment, “Stay Useless,” has a serrated edge to it—the kind of balance between gravel and honey that Nirvana found circa Nevermind.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
176 Ratings
176 Ratings
brianccape ,

cloud somethings

it's good. like old b. joe armstrong meets kurt cobain meets thom yorke. it's got a progressive vibe amidst lots of grundge.. nice change.. uncharted, unconventional territory.

perfect fodder for pitchfork/hispters/good-music lovers.

this once-whispy cirrus is developing into a mighty, billowing cumulonimbus. mmm

Ozzland ,

Do it.

Strays away from the indie-pop-punk vibe of Cloud Nothings' earlier albums into a little bit of a '90s post-punk sound. Could be attributed to Albini's hand in the production process of this album. The use of a full band on this album really produces a more full, enriched and active sound. A bit different (just as Turning On and the self-titled differed), and more raw than previous efforts, but still catchy as all hell (in a fantastic way).

Kevin Slayne ,

Stay Useless

I may be skipping a generation, but Stay Useless reminds me of the first R.E.M. tracks I heard in college in 1982. A freshman girl named Diana from Atlanta, GA played me a bootleg cassette tape of this cool new band called R.E.M. - Murmur came out a few months later. Compare to "Sitting Still" on Murmur, and sprinkle in a little Violent Femmes and you're there, long before grunge was a word.

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