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Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings

Posted on 07 February 2011 by Dorian

Cloud Nothings were one of the bands we picked to watch in 2011, and on the basis on this debut album the jury is out over whether that is the case or they are as unsubstantial as their moniker suggests. Cloud Nothings is the product of one man, Dylan Baldi, who plays all the instruments on the album.

The good news is that the songs sound just as fresh as the early singles, the use of a producer has smoothed the edges a little but this is no big production number. Each song fizzes into life and hits the ground running, all Buzzcock’s guitars, fuzz and plaintive vocals. Opener, ‘Understand At All’, is great and sets out the feel for the rest of album. Second track ‘Not Important’ is more of the same, albeit with more aggression in the vocals which recall Milo Aukerman of the Descendants.

Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings

The album does have some shortcomings, the biggest of which is a matter of depth and variety. There isn’t a bad song on the album, but heard in sequence they are a little too similar and quickly merge into one. On ‘Forget You All The Time’ things slow down a little but in the most part we are looking at full pace three minute fuzz pop songs.

The other problem is the quality of the songwriting. The melodies are great and it is played with real verve, but too many songs are based around a mumbled couple of verses followed by the song title being repeated over and over for the second half of the song.

These criticisms aside it is an enjoyable album and a pretty promising debut. At less than 30 minutes long it never outstays its welcome and is a fun and fresh record. Baldi is still definitely one to watch, but he’ll need to up his game on his next album.

7/10

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