Bliss Release - Cloud Control
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  • Record Label: Ivy League
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Pop
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    Bliss Release is perhaps a little too derivative to justify the classic status it's been afforded in the band's homeland, but it's still a delightfully charming debut, made even more impressive by their hastily assembled beginnings.
  2. There are standouts aplenty and, as song rolls seamlessly into song.
  3. May 23, 2011
    Cloud Control's debut is making an early play for the feel-good record of 2011. There are more hooks in Bliss Control's thirty-nine minutes than in Captain Birdseye's entire fleet.
  4. 80
    Cloud Control's lyrics may not be revolutionary, but that isn't the point of Bliss Release. It is a demonstration of truly versatile, fresh talent, a debut full to the brim of completely absorbing, compelling songs.
  5. May 31, 2011
    It sounds a bit too much like it was made a year ago for Cloud Control's folk-rock to really stand out against new releases from, say, Okkervil River, or altogether newer acts like Grouplove. That doesn't mean Bliss Release is impossible to enjoy--far from it--but it does make it hard to imagine many new listeners making the time for it, and that's a shame.
  6. Aug 26, 2011
    Not cooler-than-thou, and musically precise while retaining the playful looseness and imminent musical joy of psychedelic musical experimentation. [Jul 2011, p.79]
  7. Nov 21, 2011
    As debuts go this is in its way a throwback to a bygone era when bands offered up flawed but fertile inaugural efforts of the kind that made "promising" a buzz word before there were buzz words.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Apr 10, 2012
    An amazing debut from a very talented band. Every track is enjoyable and there is no shortage of fun to be had while listening to Bliss Release. I eagerly look forward to the follow up album from Cloud Control. Expand
  2. May 26, 2011
    Just a great album, from a great ex-pat Aussie band. "My Fear #2" is [for me] the strongest track, with "Meditation Song #2" (again with the numbering scheme!), "The Rolling Stone" and "Ghost Story" rounding out a mostly superb album. Four strong tracks, no bad tracks. Expand
  3. Jul 25, 2011
    When one thinks about indie-folk what is actually thought about? Nothing much, really, I guess. Perhaps Fleet Foxes, maybe Mumford and Sons. In less than six monthâ Expand