The Shadow I Remember

Cloud Nothings - The Shadow I Remember
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2021 Ratings: #97 / 227
User Score
Based on 183 ratings
2021 Ratings: #242
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

Cloud Nothing's The Shadow I Remember caps a remarkably prolific 12 months for leader Dylan Baldi with a reminder about the possibilities for community that music can provide.

90
AllMusic

By revisiting their past, Cloud Nothings find something new in it, as well as something timeless, and The Shadow I Remember is a full-throated, full-hearted triumph.

90
Sputnikmusic

It's a release that sees the band returning to what they do best, but also updating and fine-tuning their craft to reflect how they've matured.

83
Consequence of Sound

The album feels like that of a seasoned band, but its refined nature doesn’t sacrifice their signature sense of spunk.

80
Upset

'The Shadow I Remember' feels like a nod to where they've been, but more importantly a big, open arms gesture to where they're going.

80
Louder Than War

The Shadow I Remember is a great return for the band. High-speed rhythms jut up against hooks that fly around and grab you.

80
Northern Transmissions

After eleven years, countless tours and six records, Cloud Nothings have capped off their first decade by releasing their best album yet. It’s encouraging to hear how comfortable they sound together, how powerful they are in a room crashing and bashing their way through these cathartic songs.

80
Slant Magazine

The intensity of Cloud Nothings’s sonics—all of the wailing noises a guitar can produce as well as hard-hitting, double-time drumming—provide a cathartic outlet with which to confront the pains of self-definition and personal growth in an ever-amorphous world.

80
Exclaim!

The Shadow I Remember perfectly encapsulates everything the band do so well, and hints at what might be to come.

80
DIY

Raw and uncompromising, yet always harbouring a degree of melody, it’s the product of ten years of learning, and succeeds in deftly balancing subtle nuance with a sense of uncompromising aggression.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald

The Shadow I Remember feels untethered from expectations: a biting statement of selfhood in the face of change.

73
Paste

The album squeezes 11 songs into 33 minutes, with plenty of space for little experiments and faithful rockers.

72
Pitchfork

As the Cleveland band returns to Electrical Audio at full force, they retain their penchant for rueful concision and world-weary chronicles of pandemic existence.

62
Beats Per Minute

It’s loud for the sake of being loud, as if Baldi feels like he needs to appease the crowd who dismissed his riskier moves on Life Without Sound by making another Attack on Memory, rather than keep pushing forward.

60
The Line of Best Fit

Perhaps it’s the run that Cloud Nothings have had, but The Shadow I Remember suggests something is incomplete, the band failing to consistently scale the heights capable at their gut-punching best.

60
NME

For better and worse, the Ohio quartet's eighth album speaks to their 10 years in the game, a lack of inventiveness offset by their relentless drive.

50
Uncut

The constant frenzied back and forth between power-pop hooks and furious noise, while fun, begins to feel a little repetitive as an inescapable feeling of 'we've been here before' takes hold.

BGL13
49
yeah those vocals are getting on my nerves
ThomasGuy
66
Feels very derivitive and over-performed, as well as clunky. It isn't horrible, but you'd be forgiven if you confused this record with any other indie rock album from the 90s or early 2000s.
theofloorboard
15
Cloud Nothings try and fail to bring the energy of post-hardcore and garage rock to their unconsistent work.
HoodieBraden
50
I did not care for this much at all. It was very boring and failed to grab my interest at any point. The listening experience just drained me of any enthusiasm I had for today. One thing I hate more than a flat-out BAD album is a boring one...
Decent 5/10
weyesblood
65
«The Shadow I Remember" is an album with some good moments and is certainly deserving of some praise. however, even the most interesting tracks on the record have their potential overshadowed by a disappointing execution and (arguably annoying) vocals that don't quite match the instrumental's energy and vigour.

Nevertheless, the album does follow an exciting and upwards path towards the end, perhaps as one is already more familiarized with the same characteristics that the listener ... read more
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Track List

  1. Oslo
  2. Nothing Without You
  3. The Spirit Of
  4. Only Light
  5. Nara
  6. Open Rain
  7. Sound Of Alarm
  8. Am I Something
  9. It's Love
  10. A Longer Moon
  11. The Room It Was
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Added on: October 13, 2020