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  • Summary: The experimental band from Minnesota led by Craig Minowa releases its first concept album about space travel, life, death, and babies.
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  • Record Label: Rebel Group
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Chamber Pop
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  1. Minowa, who also produced, dives in with typical gusto, building the album into a sprawling, intricately interconnected 56-minute concept that often soars into emotionally operatic, cathartic heights.
  2. This interplay between extremes has always been Cloud Cult's strong suit; the snaking tempos and sudden rave-ups and ear-jarring bangs have been necessary to balance out the self-serious personal lyrics. Here, the band does well to incorporate tension and volume--you just wish for more of both.
  3. The 16 songs sequentially chronicle an astronaut's journey from liftoff to landing, and Minowa seems as on top of his game as ever as he deals out uplifting lines like "All our anxieties are in a box I mailed to Pluto" over imaginative soundscapes.
  4. For an album that's set in the coldness of space, Light Chasers impresses for its warmth.
  5. Alternative Press
    70
    Those fond of musical risk-taking will find Light Chasers to be a thrilling experience. [Oct 2010, p.113]
  6. 70
    Regardless of the universal, earth-loving edges of this Minneapolis collective's sound (which edges can be trying), what there definitely is in Light Chasers is some supremely beautiful and well-produced music.
  7. Light Chasers improves on 2008's Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes) by focusing on what Cloud Cult do best, though it lacks the colorful songwriting and hooky inventiveness of the band's most endearing songs.
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