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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Norwegian electronic producer features guest appearances from such artists as Matt Corby, Foxes, Will Heard, Kodaline, John Legend, James Vincent McMorrow, and Angus & Julia Stone.
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Stole the Show
Darlin', darlin' Oh, turn the lights back on now Watchin', watchin' As the credits all roll down Cryin', cryin' You know we're playing to a full... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. May 12, 2016
    70
    Some stretches of the album may be a little too sleepy and subdued, with songs bleeding together in a hypnotic haze. Nonetheless, refreshingly void of aggression or any deliberate tension, Cloud Nine comforts with its positivity and charm.
  2. May 12, 2016
    60
    His debut album, Cloud Nine, is naturally very same-y--deep house wasting away in Margaritaville--but unfailingly gorgeous.
  3. 60
    Cloud Nine could certainly do with a few more musical ideas, but this shouldn’t trouble Kygo unduly--after all, the same problem never held back David Guetta and Calvin Harris.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 6, 2016
    60
    The narrow emotional and musical range suggests Kygo doesn't have unexplored depths, but he doesn't need them. [#361, p.111]
  5. 50
    He’s still figuring out the transition out of his remix artist phase, but enough works on his debut to show that there’s hope for the future.
  6. May 12, 2016
    20
    The lyrics are as earnest and emotionally inarticulate as a 19-year-old on Tinder. Well, this is pop, where cliche can be transcendent, but these joyless songs are chemically castrated of any passion or sexuality.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 24, 2016
    10
    Probably one of my favorite releases of the year so far. From start to finish, this record takes you to a relaxing journey, giving itProbably one of my favorite releases of the year so far. From start to finish, this record takes you to a relaxing journey, giving it consistency for that matter and a sound very defined, while getting great collaborations from artists such as Tom Odell, Labrinth and folk duo Angus & Julia Stone. Highlights being Fiction, Firestone, Nothing Left, Fragile and For What It's Worth. Expand
  2. Jul 6, 2016
    10
    Really interesting style. At first I dismissed this album for all the songs sounding the same, but once you listen to it more, it's a reallyReally interesting style. At first I dismissed this album for all the songs sounding the same, but once you listen to it more, it's a really awesome album. Awesome tropical house/pop sound. Awesome vocalists especially the collab with Foxes. Overall a great album for anyone's 2016 collection. Expand
  3. May 16, 2016
    9
    This album is what one would expect from Kygo. It serves it purpose and exceeds in terms of the goal of his deep house/ tropical house mix.This album is what one would expect from Kygo. It serves it purpose and exceeds in terms of the goal of his deep house/ tropical house mix. With songs like Oasis that could become potential hits, as well as Happy Birthday, shows Kygo's ability to understand what his audience wants, and the type of music it is looking for when it hears the name Kygo. This album will not wow you in terms of lyrics or critical acclaim, but it is perfect for the deep house/tropical house fan or someone that wants to hear some relaxing music. Expand
  4. Jan 15, 2019
    7
    This is a good album. A great start for Kygo. This type of EDM is what I like.
  5. May 29, 2020
    6
    The talent is there, the hits are overflowing, but the identity is near absent. "Cloud Nine" is a strong commercial debut but a warning signThe talent is there, the hits are overflowing, but the identity is near absent. "Cloud Nine" is a strong commercial debut but a warning sign for the future of young Kygo's career. Expand
  6. May 20, 2016
    5
    A nice start for an emerging artist. The album promises very much in the beginning with its wonderful "Intro" but fails tp do so. Kygo has aA nice start for an emerging artist. The album promises very much in the beginning with its wonderful "Intro" but fails tp do so. Kygo has a long way to go yet the album provides you a sense of relaxation.
    Favourite track - Firestone
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  7. May 31, 2016
    5
    This album is okay. It sometimes makes me feels bored and sleepy. This is a very different kind of EDM but not much of the good kind, it isThis album is okay. It sometimes makes me feels bored and sleepy. This is a very different kind of EDM but not much of the good kind, it is sometimes lame and doesn't include much beats for a EDM album, not that much quality for a well known EDM star. This album is more of a relaxtion album, only when you have stress. Expand

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