Last Building Burning

Cloud Nothings - Last Building Burning
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Based on 16 reviews
2018 Ratings: #333 / 760
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Based on 154 ratings
2018 Ratings: #400
October 19, 2018 / Release Date
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The Line of Best Fit

Last Building Burning is, truly, as inspiring, energizing and life-affirming as punk is likely to get in 2018.

Loud and Quiet

Recorded in just eight days alongside acclaimed metal producer Randall Dunn, ‘Last Building Burning’ is seven short noise assaults – a persistent bombardment.


These eight tracks are soaked in explosive distortion and frontman Dylan Baldi's larynx-pushing screams — but the noise-mongering never comes at the expense of good hooks.

Mirroring the fast-paced caustic elements of their live show, ‘Last Building Burning’ is Cloud Nothings embracing a harsher component to their sound - almost recalling the likes of recent Oh Sees releases - which has grown into something unsettled, bold and reckless.
Five albums in, Cloud Nothings version of maturing is to go harder and louder than ever -- and they sound all the better for it.
Drowned in Sound

Last Building Burning feels like you’d hope it’d feel, as a 36-minute rush of blood to the head.

Under The Radar

Perhaps it is the satisfaction of a band returning to their natural territory, or perhaps it is a marriage of the energy of the record with the spirit of its times, but Cloud Nothings have never been better.

No Ripcord

Baldi is too good of a tunesmith to tuck his pop sensibilities outright, so at times it seems as if he's trying to find a compromise for those who'd rather hear him build and release his tension. But he doesn't believe that both are meant to be mutually, after all, resulting in a raw, yet purposeful execution that never spoils his clear-headed grasp.

Jaded, nihilistic, and heavy: Dylan Baldi leads his band into one of the most self-immolating and intense albums of his career.
Consequence of Sound

A ferocious album that finds them diving headfirst into experimentation, it is filled to the brim with a driving energy that rarely lets up.

The 405

Last Building Burning disregards any feelings of hesitation. Each song is attacked with the intensity of a band with an extra tank to burn. You’re not listening to a studio band; you’re listening to a live band lay down some tracks in a studio. You can almost taste the sweat in the air of the pit.

Northern Transmissions
It’s great for bands like Cloud Nothings to try new things, but when it feels insincere it can make it hard to keep listening.

Another release for the back catalogue of Cloud Nothings that finds them pushing envelopes - finding the ceiling and trying to crash straight on through it with all the pure, unharnessed energy they can muster.

The Skinny

Last Building Burning is an energetic riot that, though it tries, fails to leave a mark.

Quite an interesting mix of Indie Rock and Post-Hardcore that Cloud Nothings have left here. Some of the experimental guitar work is super cool and the drumming is really great as well. The tracklist is just rather inconsistent, with several tracks falling into the realm of relative obscurity.

Favs: Dissolution, Leave Him Now

Least Fav: So Right So Clean
This is more like it - I really didn't bond with their last outing, the tepid 'Life Without Sound'.

This brings back the rhythmic attack from 'Here and Nowhere Else' and the textures of 'Attack on Memory'.

It reminds me of 'Over the Edge' by The Wipers with a turbo booster fitted that periodically kicks in. Quality stuff.
Ha! You thought I was skipping this emo album? While stronger hooks could’ve benefited this album, “Last Building Burning” is a bold record from an already impressive post-hardcore band. Dylan Baldi’s (Basics?) barks, though an acquired taste for some, help this record pack even more of a punch!

Fav Tracks: So Right So Clean, Offer An End, Leave Him Now, Dissolution, Another Way Of Life

Least Fav Track: The Echo Of The World

Cloud Nothings bring some energy here for sure. But ultimately the songwriting fails to live up to any of the band's technical aptitude. Echo of the World has a pretty good build, and Another Way of Life is satisfyingly, though uncharacteristically, catchy but these sort of attributes are the exception rather than the norm on Last Building Burning
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Added on: August 13, 2018