This married with production by the prolific Steve Albini resulted in one of the most raw and abrasive punk albums we’ve seen in years. It all signals a maturing on the Cloud Nothings sound into something defiant, and something that exudes a vitality not seen in teen rock since the 90s and the days of Nirvana. Many comparisons have been made to Nirvana, and it’s a risky comparison to make. It happens to the best of bands. Tallest Man On Earth is the next Dylan, Cloud Nothings are the next Nirvana, One Direction are the next Beatles. It makes you sick sometimes.
But this one isn’t entirely unjustified. For some reason tracks such as No Sentiment and Separation exude this genuine emotion the most because it’s so shocking to see Baldi and his band come through with something so angry, especially on Separation, see this in the form of an instrumental track. Even then this all feels like the start of something much more special. Cloud Nothings next release is scheduled for this summer, so only time will tell if Baldi can keep pushing his band, and himself, in even more dramatic and defiant directions.