Attack On Memory - Cloud Nothings
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Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

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  • Summary: The second album for Cleveland's Cloud Nothings was produced by Steve Albini.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Congrats to Baldi for getting one right.
  2. 90
    With Attack on Memory, Baldi's never felt more alive or more authentic.
  3. It's a more than suitable followup to two solid collections of songs, and is the first truly solid coherent work in a career that will hopefully be marked by many many more.
  4. Jan 23, 2012
    80
    Cloud Nothings have produced a transfixing head rush of a release and one of the well-wrought examples of '90s revivalism.
  5. Jan 25, 2012
    80
    Sometimes something wonderful comes along that won't force you to estimate how "important" it will sound at year's end. Attack on Memory is one of those wonderful things.
  6. Feb 9, 2012
    70
    The album also succeeds in capturing a spirit and essence of youth... the spunk, snarl and energy that comes with being one is integral to this record, even if isn't always fully realised.
  7. Jan 19, 2012
    60
    Thus when taking in Attack on Memory as a whole, it sounds as if Cloud Nothings are, despite their best efforts, a pop band at heart.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Mar 10, 2013
    10
    Just one of the best indie albums of 2012, and also one of the best I've ever heard. The semi-improvised tracks are just awesome. This album has a soul, deep into post-hardcore (sometimes almost emo), and I love it. Expand
  2. Feb 21, 2012
    10
    God I love loud abrasive guitar rock and this is an album full of it.My personal favorite is "Wasted Days" about 9 minutes of pure noisy bliss.It is said they chose this direction so as to be able to improvise during their live shows, good decision boys. Expand
  3. Jun 21, 2012
    9
    Perhaps what I love most about this fantastic rock record is the fact that its eight tracks are incredibly easy to become familiar with. Truly shining in this glorious lo-fi jungle of sounds are Dylan Baldi's vocals, which have a natural edge that pierces and gurgles more appropriately than any vocalist in recent years. His edgy sass on previous records has evolved into a full-blown badassery, complimented by skillful and precise drums lines. Is this album groundbreaking? No. Not by any means. However, it is simply incredibly high in quality. Expand
  4. j30
    Feb 19, 2012
    8
    Attack On Memory is sort of a nostalgia 90's guitar rock album, that brings to mind last year's excellent "Yuck" by Yuck and vocals that sound like Silverchair's lead singer Daniel Johns. Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2012
    8
    Not breaking any new ground here, but this band is alive. They put all their effort into these songs and it shows. Guitar rock isn't dead yet; Cloud Nothings beat every once of rock they can out of their instruments and the end result is a great soundtrack to the stressful vibrancy of 2012. Expand
  6. Dec 8, 2012
    8
    I picked this album up not knowing what to expect. I was surprised how awesome this album is. It has tons of energy and all the songs are catchy. I would most definitely give it a listen and consider it one of the best albums of 2012. Expand
  7. Apr 9, 2012
    5
    Seems like they are trying to revive the punk sound of the Ramones or the Sex Pistols or even Nirvana with none of the urgency exhibited by those bands. Expand

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