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Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
CRITIC SCORE
79
Based on 26 reviews
2012 Rank: #85 / 897
USER SCORE
83
Based on
246 ratings

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91
A.V. Club

On Attack On Memory, he’s moved in the opposite direction, opening up wide spaces in his music and letting the fury beneath breathe and then bellow.

90
Consequence of Sound

With Attack on Memory, Baldi’s never felt more alive or more authentic.

86
Pitchfork

Attack on Memory is too visceral to feel like escapism, too vital to feel like cheap revival.

80
PopMatters

It’s great, catchy as hell, and bristling with retro rage and vitriol.

80
musicOMH

Attack On Memory is a short, sharp shock to breathe life into the currently rather lifeless genre of indie-rock.

80
Drowned in Sound

Attack On Memory might be on surface a pretty routine blast of crashing percussion, throaty vocals and biting guitars but repeated listens reveal a more nuanced affair full of charisma and spark.

70
No Ripcord

Most of Attack on Memory has an abrasive, shrewd backbone, but it’s those moments where Baldi hones his sweet touch where the album finds a satisfying balance of surprise and comfort.

70
Under The Radar

Through Attack on Memory, Baldi maintains many of his songwriting charms—the knack for melody foremost—but he’s clearly made a sharp left turn in terms of the project’s capabilities.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

At its best, Attack on Memory is emo filtered through the lens of somebody smart enough to acknowledge the occasional inanity of its sentiments

60
The 405

This new darker and screechy-er rendering of Cloud Nothings may not be for everyone, but it’s certainly something a bit affable to try out if you’re feeling particularly scream-y and a little bit teenage

BuffaloStaple
77
A good chunk of the tracks here have little to no replay value for me unfortunately, but when it's good, it's excellent. From a songwriting standpoint, I admire what Cloud Nothings accomplished here, but I can't say I love it musically.
KevinPasos
90
Essential Tracks - Wasted Days // Fall In // Stay Useless // Seperation
GRCamden
75
A mature, well crafted indie rock album with a few catchy tunes thrown in there, nothing but respect for CN.
82
A reminder that angst can sound compelling.
SiberianBreaks
87
Cloud Nothings move from their pop punk style to something way more aggressive and worthwhile. The performances are outstanding, especially the drumming. If the whole album was as incredible as 'Wasted Days,' I'd probably consider this a masterpiece. Either way, this is one of the most angry and powerful records of the year.

Favourite tracks: No Future / No Past, Wasted Days, No Sentiment
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DETAILS

January 24, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Carpark / Label
Steve Albini / Producer
Indie Rock / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 3 - A.V. Club
# 43 - Beats Per Minute
# 27 - Cokemachineglow
# 4 - Consequence of Sound
# 33 - DIY
# 8 - Exclaim!
# 44 - Gigwise
# 14 - No Ripcord
# 25 - Obscure Sound
# 34 - Paste
# 13 - Pazz & Jop
# 19 - Pitchfork
# 18 - PopMatters
# 33 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 21 - Rolling Stone
# 13 - SPIN
# 26 - Spinner
# 6 - Stereogum
# 6 - The Line of Best Fit
# 17 - Urban Outfitters
Track List
  1. No Future/No Past 
  2. Wasted Days 
  3. Fall In 
  4. Stay Useless 
  5. Separation 
  6. No Sentiment 
  7. Our Plans 
  8. Cut You
Contributions By
patton, philthy, erik, JediMark


Added on: October 25, 2011