Here and Nowhere Else

Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2014 Ratings: #64 / 957
Year End Rank: #27
User Score
Based on 397 ratings
2014 Ratings: #57
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April 1, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Carpark / Mom + Pop / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Consequence of Sound

At 22, Baldi’s words aren’t tinted with irony, experience, or self-understanding. They are in the moment, full of emotional complexities that sometimes are more noticeable by the ferocity of his yelps, and less with his poetry.

The 405

This record is a paean to intensity, the band's most essential set of songs that's not remotely concerned with theme and brightness; less an attack on memories and more an attack on instruments.

No Ripcord

It’s hard not to listen through Here and Nowhere Else with a smile on your face, as the hooks and instrumentation are just so incredibly lively and infectious it makes the whole album a momentous, front to back blast.


The result is a fast-paced, convulsive collection that has all the intensity of its predecessor but with an elevated dose of urgency.


To call it a “grower” would be accurate, though that downplays its visceral jolt, as previous Cloud Nothings records revealed their high points fairly quickly; here, the initial sonic beating's reflected in the unmistakable shades of purple, black, and blue-black in the resultant bruises.

The Line of Best Fit

Not for a long time have I listened to something that so delights in its lack of abandon; their name might be uninspiring, but Cloud Nothings’ output is clearly anything but.


Sonically perfect and stunningly well-executed, this record is recommendable to a wide spectrum of rockers and punks

The Skinny

While unoriginal, Baldi’s music is never overshadowed by influences. Instead he wears them comfortably, like patches on his rucksack, moving forward with the past around him. 


The band – for that's more evident now than on previous recordings – shift speeds from fast to faster, and veer from brilliantly grungy to cacophonous noise without breaking a sweat as the adrenaline-fuelled organised chaos takes hold. 


Throughout these songs, the band examines the gulfs between people with the kind of furious apathy and emphatic ambivalence that makes them the heirs to '80s and '90s masters like the Replacements, Green Day, and Nirvana without seeming overly derivative.


Here and Nowhere Else is another heavy, catchy-as-hell Cloud Nothings record. 


This combination of ethos and musical accomplishment makes Here and Nowhere Else an excellent new step for Cloud Nothings. 


On Here and Nowhere Else, which was produced by John Congleto, Baldi and Co. take the best bits from Albini's tutelage, apply them to lo-fi pop-punk structures and infuse all of it with tightly wound angst.

Drowned in Sound

For all its radiance and attention to detail, Here And Nowhere Else only just breaks the 30-minute-mark, yet in that half an hour exudes more emotions than a counsellor's waiting room.

Time Out London

Listening to ‘Here and Nowhere Else’ might make Baldi’s mates a bit worried for his state of mind – but having produced yet another infectious, rollicking slice of Midwestern alt rock, he certainly has plenty to smile about.

Wondering Sound

On Here and Nowhere Else Dylan Baldi’s vocals are more even-keeled but the guitars are pure id, an aggressive rush of growling, mid-level distortion double-tracked in all the sweet spots and ducking under rapid-fire drums.

Slant Magazine

It's all part of the sizable growth demonstrated on Here and Nowhere Else, which more than anything is defined by the sound of raw energy giving way to coherence and control.

The Guardian

It's brash, ballsy and, above all, fun.

A.V. Club

The fact that Cloud Nothings found a stable core enables them to recreate Attack’s punch, but gone is the ability to truly sideswipe its audience with anything unexpected. 

Pretty Much Amazing

Here and Nowhere Else’s disposition for self-examination coaxes out a superior depth and nuance when stacked against Cloud Nothings’ previous works. Conversely, it is a little surprising how unsurprising the album is.

Under The Radar

Baldi, in his newfound happy-swagger, maintains (and maybe elevates) his talent for brash, snotty melodicism. 

Rolling Stone

Baldi's songs still bash and seethe, but with more flashy time-signature shifts, open space and studio trickiness.

Loud and Quiet

It’s true that it retains the appealingly louche lo-fi production and the spontaneity of their earlier work, but you can’t help but feel a more assiduous approach to ‘Here and Nowhere Else’ would have made for a record worth getting passionate about.


It feels like Cloud Nothings’ prolific work rate has caught up with them. For the first time, they sound tired and lacking in imagination.

''I'm Not Part of Me'' may be one of my favorite songs of the decade.
A high water mark for the band. Everything clicks. It takes everything about their previous album and expands it. Louder, rawer, and more complex.
This album puts cloud nothings in an elite class of 21st century bands. The songs on this album are even better live!
I'm mixed on this one.

For starters the production choices are really questionable in places and most of the lyrics are lost behind the murky wall of sound this album is swamped in.

When delving into the content of the album itself there's not much here and what ever is there comes frighteningly scarcely throughout the LP.

'Here and Nowhere Else' is an album that is not unique in any way from what the band normally does but doesn't do a bad job at what it intends and being so short helps it, ... read more
I like it less than their previous album, but it is still a great rock album.
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Track List

  1. Now Hear In
  2. Quieter Today
  3. Psychic Trauma
  4. Just See Fear
  5. Giving Into Seeing
  6. No Thoughts
  7. Pattern Walks
  8. I'm Not Part of Me
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Added on: January 27, 2014