Bliss Release

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    80
    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. May 23, 2011
    80
    Essentially, this is some of the most consistent songwriting to come from Australia since the loss of The Go-Betweens, and some of the most arcane performing available anywhere outside of Arcade Fire.
  3. May 23, 2011
    80
    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
    70
    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. Q Magazine
    May 27, 2011
    80
    There's something magical about the rapturous jumble of C86-esque indie, WOMAD rhythms and cooing dual vocals from Alister Wright and Heidi Lenffer. [Jun 2011, p.110]
  7. May 23, 2011
    80
    There's an appealing open-heartedness about the debut from Australian psychedelic poppers Cloud Control, a sense of wide-eyed, slightly fried wonder.
  8. There are standouts aplenty and, as song rolls seamlessly into song.
  9. Under The Radar
    Aug 26, 2011
    70
    Not cooler-than-thou, and musically precise while retaining the playful looseness and imminent musical joy of psychedelic musical experimentation. [Jul 2011, p.79]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 25, 2011
    8
    When one thinks about indie-folk what is actually thought about? Nothing much, really, I guess. Perhaps Fleet Foxes, maybe Mumford and Sons.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 Full Review »
  2. May 26, 2011
    8
    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 theJust 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. Full Review »
  3. Apr 10, 2012
    8
    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 BlissAn 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. Full Review »