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4.0 out of 5 stars One of 2012's greatest albums so far (strong!! four)
When Interpol made a veritable masterpiece by basically copying late 70's post punk with their 2002 opus Turn On The Bright Lights, hitherto dogmas about originality being fundamentally paramount for the creation of great art went flying out the window. Since then many bands have taken a similarly derivative approach to music making, in the hope that they might recreate...
Published on 3 Aug 2012 by Kenneth

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tunes!
Some great songs and some fillers - you will like this if you enjoy that slacker/stoner sound from young US bands who aren't trying to over produce or polish their songs. Stay Useless is great but a coupla songs are rather forgettable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of 2012's greatest albums so far (strong!! four), 3 Aug 2012
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Kenneth (nottingham, england) - See all my reviews
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When Interpol made a veritable masterpiece by basically copying late 70's post punk with their 2002 opus Turn On The Bright Lights, hitherto dogmas about originality being fundamentally paramount for the creation of great art went flying out the window. Since then many bands have taken a similarly derivative approach to music making, in the hope that they might recreate the same alchemy evinced on that seminal record. Although some bands have produced noteworthy albums in this vain, nobodies really gotten close to achieving that quasi miracle again (including Interpol) until now that is. Cloud Nothings third album Attack On Memory is the album in question and although it does narrowly fall short, it's gotten closr then almost anybodyelse i can think of in the last ten years.

The Cleveland, Ohio band have chosen mid 90's emo/late 80's Post hardcore for their inspirtaion with Attack On Memory and they do it so well here you'd be forgiven for thinking they were one of the original pioneers of this sound, opposed to some shameless twenty something plagarists. If Interpol bought a touch of alt rock and some really dynamicly emotive musicianship to produce their magnum opus, Cloud Nothings have done much the same thing here (using pop opposed to alt rock i should add). No Future/No Past is the intensely foreboding opener to AOM and it's climax is so explosively corporeal you might just smash whatever happens to be near you into a million pieces when it's over. "Wasted Days" carries the same energy brought by the NFNP and builds a 9 minute behemoth out of it, something like Rites of spring meets Sonic youth. Listen to it from the 8.05 mark and if you didn't crack on the first track's angsty histrionics you definitely will here.

"Fall in" is the moment where the Sunny Day Real Estate comparisons will come flying in and if it didn't kick some serious Arse you might actually care about it's obvious debt. "Stay Uesless" is next and it's probably the most beautifully angry pop song to be released this year (sorry Japandroids). The rest of the album slightly goes downhill from this point, even though each song pretty much successfully follows the same hellacious formula of bludgeoning drum rolls, frenzied guitar chords and powerfully screeched vocals, they somehow don't quite feel as life affirmingly transcedent. I do need to highlight the potency of "No Sentiment" though, which is as staunchly passionate as any of the best songs on here and the lyrical prowess of Dylan Baldi reaches it's absolute peak by using less than 40 words to convey his razor sharp albeit slightly hypocritical diatribe.

You won't be suprised to find Steve Albini's name right next to the producer's credit on AOM, as this album has his no nonsense fingerprints all over it "Seperation" almost sounds like a homage to his legendary math rock band Shellac. But even if the the band have benefited from albini's tried and tested recording chops, this album still remains a triumph for Cloud Nothings as they brought the frenetic energy and great songwriting to the table here and the only thing the band should perhaps feel a little plaintive about is that they weren't quite able to produce the classic the first half or even two thirds of this album says they could have (Interpol were seriously running scared for a minute there).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "ignites forgotten loves and sets fires afresh", 16 Feb 2012
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Gannon (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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There are curveballs and there are U-turns. Dylan Baldi hasn't quite pulled a 180 with Attack On Memory, but in the 12 brief months since his last LP a lot has changed. For a start, Cloud Nothings is now a band - a historically sympathetic hardcore one at that - and Baldi's former breakneck pop-punk is now just a dot on the horizon.

Then there's the almost inevitable no-frills Steve Albini production, which allows rasping cuts like "Our Plans" to seem like they've been with us forever. For, its duelling guitar and prominent snare are rife with retro quiet-loud structures, yet there's also evidence that Baldi hasn't dispensed entirely with his past, here unable to resist climaxing with chorus piled on seething chorus.

The plentiful Cloud Nothings hooks of before undoubtedly remain; they're now just buried under shifting rhythms and crunching guitar walls, such as on the familiar power-punk jangle "Fall In" in which Baldi again reverts to type with heavy vocal repeats. The nostalgic romp "Stay Useless" does the same job much better. Mosh-pit friendly, its raw edges effortlessly capture a sense of catchy hopelessness that is firmly anchored to credibility by perfectly judged off-mic screams.

That same, grittier take on pop-punk is taken to a logical conclusion on the ska(te)-punk indebted "Wasted Days". Though its drums roll like thunder amid those ubiquitous hooks, there seems to be a radio mix ripe for being ripped from the track's opening 3 minutes. After that it then contorts on however with a frayed bass-line and tense atmos-punk for a further 6 minutes until a squalling, everything-in-the-red blowout is interrupted by Baldi's jaw-dropping yell: "I thought ... I would ... be more ... than this."

This unconcealed aspiration to expand and explore outside ready pigeon-holing unquestionably leads Baldi to some imperious highs on Attack On Memory and none more so than the striking opener "No Future/No Past" - its lingering intensity, courtesy of Baldi's convincing proto-emo growl and off-mic emoting, provides a certain slow-burning nihilism that erupts with pained, Slint-like surges into Albini's hands-off and spacious production.

In terms of influence, "No Sentiment" keeps it cult, running riot with disaffected Dischord riffs reminiscent of the rightfully respected Rites Of Spring and/or Embrace canons. Baldi knows all too well from whence these disaffected theatrics came and again doesn't hide the fact, affecting a part-echoed buzz-saw drawl to compliment, diluting the whole sound only minutely with his own strains of emergent-era grunge.

There's such burning commitment and generally just too much awesomeness afoot here to write off Attack On Memory as an tawdry exercise in grave robbing. It's not only respectful, but also essential in its right. And what it lacks in track number, Attack On Memory more than compensates for with material aplenty that ignites forgotten loves and sets fires afresh in the hearts and minds of a new fervent youth.

Advised downloads: "No Future/No Past" and "Stay Useless".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rock Album!!, 6 Feb 2013
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Sara Sousa Silva "Sagres Natura Surfcamp Port... (Sagres Algarve Portugal) - See all my reviews
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I heard that band before and wasn't special for me, the albums before were just simple and i didn't pay much attention when that New Album came out!! Same days ago after hear some critics about i give a chance to hear this "Attack on Memory!! I get really amazed, its a really good album, its a mix of Nirvana , Strokes , Sonic Youth and its different of everything!! I bought the cd and is in my car player for more than a week playing all the time and didn't get bored because is really fresh and give me a lot of energy!! Cloud Nothings did a great job, thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attack on mediocrity, 2 May 2012
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Richard J. Westwood "richard15454" (Huddersfield) - See all my reviews
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Attack on Memory is a challenging and uncompromising album. Slow burning opener, No Future/No Past, recalls Slint's Spiderland. Wasted Days and Fall In echo the frantic Emo of The Get Up Kids and Stay Useless is a joyous three-minute pop gem (with a little hint of The Strokes). Individually these songs might not be the strongest you'll hear this year, but, taken as a whole, Attack on Memory is an honest and passionate slice of rock and roll.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tunes!, 29 July 2013
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Some great songs and some fillers - you will like this if you enjoy that slacker/stoner sound from young US bands who aren't trying to over produce or polish their songs. Stay Useless is great but a coupla songs are rather forgettable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cell damage, 4 April 2014
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Peter Hill ""yoghurtknitter"" (Waterville Ireland) - See all my reviews
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I'm not very good on genres but i'm guessing this is what is commonly called 'post hardcore'? But whatever it's called it's mostly pretty impressive.
The opener 'no future/no past' is a slow burner that builds gradually before exploding but it's track 2 'wasted days' that's the highlight here. It opens fairly normally with a nice catchy guitar riff before changing tack to an intense/remarkable cacophony spurred along by a heavy bass/drum backing and stretching out to nearly 9 minutes but never outstaying it's welcome.
Tracks 3 & 4 are relatively more poppier (in a punky way) sounding a bit like The Vaccines on 'stay useless' and i'm sure David Gedge is name-checked on 'fall in'?
'Separation' is a breakneck instrumental piece and the album ends with 3 more similarly good if less frenzied tracks.
They reminded me a lot of Japandroids.
My only complaint would be with Dylan's vocals. His growl works fine on the noisier tracks but when he's in a quieter mood his voice is quite monotone/flat although i suppose this is fairly common for this genre?
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