The Cloud Making Machine

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Feb 22, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. This is probably the most adventurous musical journey of Garnier's life.
  2. Mojo
    It's a soundtrack for rainswept, sodium-lit backstreets. [Feb 2005, p.101]
  3. Urb
    Once the headphones are in place, it becomes apparent that the Frenchman has indeed pulled off another masterful work. [Mar 2005, p.111]
  4. [It] finds him eschewing his signature peak-hour beats and dancefloor rhythms for primarily ambient sounds—with rock and jazz flourishes.
  5. Admittedly, not all of Cloud's most ambitious tracks work ou.... But in the end, it's Garnier's ambition, combined with his talent and professionalism, that make this an album worth seeking out.
  6. What Garnier can lack in feeling, he makes up for with years of technical know-how, on The Cloud Making Machine as before.
  7. Uncut
    An absorbing listen. [Mar 2005, p.102]
  8. It doesn’t always work, and the record has a scattered second half that undercuts the sonic unity of the first, but the best moments here are as starkly affecting as any of Garnier’s past work.
  9. A varied and interesting album that is also a bit hit-or-miss.
  10. It's often impenetrable and there are a couple derailments... but it's never off-putting.
  11. There is a feeling of being sucked into a mid-90s vortex here.
  12. The Wire
    Tracks like "Huis Clos"... can drag... And the garage rock of "(I Wanna Be) Waiting For My Plane" is an unwieldy cross between early Sonic Youth and Two Lone Swordsmen's axe-men incarnation. [#253, p.69]
  13. Under The Radar
    An abrasively divisive record in that you're either going to get down with the sound, or you're going to immediately turn it off. [#9]
  14. It doesn't sound like most of his recent material, and while the rejection of familiar sounds and textures alone is never a good reason to dismiss an album, the new sounds that he utilizes here are neither very new or very good.
  15. While Garnier's trickling melodies and spare snares hint at mystery, mostly they leave you longing for a beat.
  16. Garnier displays an ability to approximate several genres, yet betrays his fellow travelers by failing to infuse any of them with individuality or innovation.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Daze
    Mar 30, 2005
    Excellent departure from Mr. Garniers usual work, a trip through the bizarra and trippy, where AFX meets Dr. Patterson