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I started listening with no bias or previous expectations, though I plan on exploring Baldi's back catalog very soon because of my impression of his abilities as a songwriter. Let me make something clear. Attack is frontloaded by two of its most memorable songs, which isn't to necessarily say the rest don't compare. "No Future/No Past" is a haunting opener, capturing my attention from the first measure of the piano chords, developing into a song driven by mantra-like vocal lines and building into the cathartic release of Baldi's screams. It's evident that Albini's mix benefits the sound of this band, giving the special clarity the chimey guitars need from the commanding emotive quality of his voice. It's with this song that my interest is completely piqued. Next is "Wasted Days", nine minutes played with all the conviction of a hardcore band and also containing the album's most angst-ridden lyrical refrains. The bulk of the song is rhythmic interplay between guitar and drums and doesn't get boring for a second which should speak loudly for a band like Cloud Nothings who for the remainder of the album reveal themselves as a band mainly pulling from the strengths of guitar and vocal hooks.Read more ›
The opening track, "No Future/No Past," attempts to strike a clear demarcation between Attack on Memory and Dylan's earlier four track bedroom recordings. The song, a slow marching dirge, builds from a whisper to a throat searing scream, and it helps form the atmosphere of the rest of the album. But despite this new approach, Dylan can't help but write some surprisingly catchy tunes. Sure, he's traded in much of his nasally delivery for a scream that seems to start and stop in his trachea, but underneath the self-torment lies a talented songwriter. In fact, a couple of the songs, such as "Fall In" and "Stay Useless," could have easily have slid into one of his earlier albums without causing much disruption.
Attack on Memory relies on two elements to truly differentiate itself from Cloud Nothings's first two full lengths: a full band and Steve Albini's production. The centerpiece of the entire album, the nearly nine-minute long "Wasted Days," could never have been pulled off as a bedroom recording.Read more ›
So if I was to introduce someone who I thought might dig this band, I'd probably start with this latest album. It's definitely the most accessible (and most well-produced) and I think it might prepare a person to give the earlier records more of a chance, which in their own right, are also very good.
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Love this album and it transfers well onto vinyl. Every single track is a gem. The track "cut you" serves as an especially nice closer for this album. Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by Robert
Attack on Memory offers a hard-hitting angsty garage rock, with high quality production reminiscent of Nirvana's heyday. My favorite tracks are Wasted Days and No Sentiment. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Pen Name
Awesome album, the perfect 8 track rock album, lookin forward to more awesome music by cloud nothing's and Steve albiniPublished on October 10, 2013 by emmett
Who would have thought that after two albums of indie guitar pop, Cleveland's Cloud Nothings would come up with this beast. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by jbcmusic
A solid album full of songs that I wont skip. Really short but the production really shines like early 90's. Makes every song seem memorable and enjoyable.
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