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Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings

Attack on Memory

Dylan Baldi's bedroom lo-fi project reinvented as a full indie rock band for a 2nd album produced by Steve Albini

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  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Baldi’s solo recordings can’t help sounding fey in comparison
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  2. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Another win in rock for Ohio
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  3. 9.0 |   Spin

    Big feelings. Big guitars. Very big effect
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  4. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    Baldi has always been a hooks guy, and Attack is every bit as catchy as the more rigid and user-friendly Cloud Nothings, and the spaciousness of Steve Albini's recording gives plenty of room for these hooks to careen into each other
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  5. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    No crazy experimentation or SEO (un)friendly monikers, just through and through rockers sticking to their guns even if they don’t glisten as bright as they used to
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  6. 8.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    Though these tracks are obviously indebted to the 90s emo of bands like Sunny Day Real Estate or Jawbreaker, Baldi has composed an album that holds up to these greats
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  7. 8.0 |   Prefix

    A transfixing head rush of a release
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  8. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    It’s great, catchy as hell, and bristling with retro rage and vitriol
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  9. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    A short, sharp shock to breathe life into the currently rather lifeless genre of indie-rock
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  10. 8.0 |   Blurt

    Cloud Nothings have only been a band for a couple of years, and they've been developing at warp speed the whole time
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    While Baldi's vocals sometimes retain something of the snotty teenager, on the whole, this is a terrific step forward
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  12. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Its rough-around-the-edge snarl will be a bit much for some – it was, after all produced by veteran noisemaker Steve Albini. For others, it's one of the first must-hears of 2012
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    The tastiest treat in town. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   DIY

    Cloud Nothings have inadvertently continued a formula of making albums for youngsters to dance to. Only this time round, they’re also showcasing genuine desire and emotion
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  15. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Sometimes something wonderful comes along that won’t force you to estimate how “important” it will sound at year’s end. Attack on Memory is one of those wonderful things
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  16. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This brilliant album is barefaced '90s revivalism. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   State

    Whether the sound is abrasive or excitable, there’s no arguing they don’t mean every word and note of it
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  18. 8.0 |   Q

    See the band step into darker territory. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    Across a lean eight tracks and half-hour running time, there’s not a wasted moment or failed hook
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  20. 7.5 |   Bowlegs

    Having just the eight tracks allows Baldi to fly through his hook book and leave us in a refreshed state with little to complain about
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  21. 7.1 |   The AU Review

    Short, sharp, bold, brash and above all, tough as nails
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  22. 7.0 |   All Music

    Attack on Memory is another fine snapshot of a band that is growing and playing as fast as they can
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  23. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Gutsy, aggressive, and ultimately confident
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  24. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    The crunching guitars have genuine similarity to that of the Pixies and the big, hammering drums, while occasionally nodding to Albini's own Shellac, bear a close resemblance to his work on PJ Harvey's Rid of Me
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  25. 7.0 |   The Fly

    It’s a definite change from CN’s first hook-filled LP but, at just eight songs, doesn’t stick around long enough to outstay its welcome
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  26. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Baldi maintains many of his songwriting charms—the knack for melody foremost—but he’s clearly made a sharp left turn in terms of the project’s capabilities
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  27. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Cloud Nothings have never sounded so sure of their abilities, and with such a stunning step forward in their cohesiveness and vision, it's easier than ever to imagine them becoming a genuinely great rock band
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  28. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    If Attack on Memory's eight songs only last about as long as an episode of Seinfeld, that's OK – it's as fun as one too
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  29. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s another small leap for the compassionate angster, whose brief records always feature a number of delightful three-chord modern punk tunes
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  30. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Emo filtered through the lens of somebody smart enough to acknowledge the occasional inanity of its sentiments
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  31. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    For fans of teen Dylan Baldi ... Attack on Memory pretty much shreds that fondness to pieces
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  32. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Heavy rock but with a little more emo-esque pop pep. Print edition only

  33. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    This album is a signpost of musical territory yet to come
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