Cloud Nothings, 'Cloud Nothings' (Carpark)

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Cloud Nothings
Critical Mass
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Label: Carpark

by Jon Young

The first proper album from Cleveland one-man band Dylan Baldi doesn't match the irresistible energy of last year's odds-and-ends compilation Turning On. But despite trading innocent charm for grown-up polish, Baldi's buzzy lo-fi pop still feels nicely rickety, with his reedy voice adding emotional force to sagas ofunrequited or imploded love. He's especiallyeffective on the impulsive tantrum "Not Important," sneering breathlessly, "You're too stupid"; and "Nothing's Wrong," a perceptive study of self-involvement which argues strongly that he may yet evolve into a killer songwriter.

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