Cloud Nothings - Cloud Nothings
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Feb 1, 2011
    91
    The Cleveland teenager slashes though catchy melodies like broken guitar-strings on his full-length debut as Cloud Nothings, as if mad dashes of melodicism grew on trees.
  2. Mar 4, 2011
    80
    Cloud Nothings' self-titled debut displays Baldi's feral chops in natural light.
  3. Jan 25, 2011
    80
    It may not be a timeless classic - much like a lot of his immediately great yet throwaway peers - but for all Baldi's youthful exuberance, he's proven himself an honest and remarkably mature set of hands.
  4. Jan 19, 2011
    80
    [A] charmingly naive and magnificent record. [Feb 2011, p.86]
  5. Jan 19, 2011
    80
    The 11 songs here are not only 90-percent hit single material; they work together in concert as an album (as well as in pairs and trios).
  6. Jan 25, 2011
    79
    The result is another fantastic step forward, though not without some growing pains. In the transition from basement to studio, one component has yet to come into full focus: Baldi's voice.
  7. Cloud Nothings, the eponymous debut from the project of Dylan Baldi, is the work of another young mind who seems gifted beyond his years.
  8. Dec 7, 2011
    70
    The way he blazes through so many songs in such a short space is a little overwhelming, but Cloud Nothings is a solid step forward for Baldi as he gets ready for what comes after teenage wasteland.
  9. Feb 22, 2011
    70
    His first full album, Cloud Nothings (Carpark)--11 songs in 28 minutes--raises the production values only slightly, cutting back distortion while layering on guitars. But it keeps the sound of a guy holed up with his instruments, concocting hooks and strumming retaliation for every slight.
  10. Feb 1, 2011
    70
    It all hits you at 78-rpm, and that these guys have the dexterity to recall the unadorned energy of 1977 punk is their greatest asset.
  11. Jan 31, 2011
    70
    If you're looking for a catchy voice amidst the sea of bedroom outfits, Cloud Nothings is a strong contender for someone to continually keep an ear open for.
  12. Jan 27, 2011
    70
    Cloud Nothings is a power pop tour de force, firing on all cylinders, rocketing through 11 pop nuggets like no record you've heard in the last year. [Year End 2010, p.69]
  13. 70
    There are moments when Cloud Nothings sounds like your average punk-pop record, but Baldi is willing to render outside the lines with his own idiosyncratic noodlings and daubs of C86-era colour.
  14. Jan 20, 2011
    70
    Improving prospects aside, though, the basic deal is the same, and Cloud Nothings rattles along at a fair old clip, boasting an embarrassment of hooks delivered with unassuming, 'it's-probably-nothing-but' panache.
  15. Jan 19, 2011
    70
    Musically the album is a quick burst of 11 bubbly songs that never take a dark turn or venture into a minor key.
  16. Jan 25, 2011
    66
    Cloud Nothings plays like the sonic equivalent of a merry-go-round ride-all momentum and boundless energy. This ride is fun, of course, but only in small doses.
  17. Jan 19, 2011
    63
    For a proper introduction, Cloud Nothings leaves much to be desired. But talk about highlights: if you can get through the sing-along chorus of "Should Have" without a big, dumb smile on your face, you might just be a heartless bastard after all.
  18. Apr 4, 2011
    60
    It's early days, but given everything is self-played, and the guitars are as deftly layered as they are swiftly shedding, Baldi might rise to something magnificent once the hormones have been expunged. [Feb 2011, p.107
  19. Mar 18, 2011
    60
    Despite all of these hallmarks of "feeling", this album ends up sounding empty.
  20. Feb 1, 2011
    60
    Winning UK indie rock/US power-pop fusion. [Feb. 2011, p. 113]
  21. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    His prodigious talent is undoubted, but a second dose of puppy punk feels suggests Baldi is in cruise control.
  22. Jan 20, 2011
    60
    This fuzzily recorded album shows he's got a deep well of hooks to plunder, and he knows when to stop.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 30, 2011
    7
    Cleveland's Dylan Baldi provides us with 11 snappy, catchy tunes that, whilst never life-affirming, still fizz with the brash and bravado that comes with the irresponsibility of youth. http://hackskeptic.com Full Review »