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Cloud Nothings

  • Cloud Nothings [Carpark, 2011] **
  • Attack on Memory [Carpark, 2012] A-
  • Here and Nowhere Else [Carpark, 2014] ***

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Cloud Nothings [Carpark, 2011]
Sincere ex-brat faces mortality and/or sexual insecurity without whining or fronting about it ("Nothing's Wrong," "Been Through") **

Attack on Memory [Carpark, 2012]
Although his voice is lower and his guitar solos are longer, the idea that Dylan Baldi has therefore achieved some sort of maturity is silly. Come on--the guy's 20. His attack on memory isn't a young hero jousting with history, it's a callow confusenik trying to forget: that It's all been done before, sure, but that's the least of it. How about: Life is hard and then you die? Or: Old people have all the stuff? Or: I don't have a clue what the world will be like when I'm 40? Or merely: 40--that's two times 20, God!? These are all honorable thoughts that have required reiteration and adjustment for as long as I've been alive. Slight individual recalibrations of the noize-toon continuum have oft proved useful in getting them under control. Such recalibrations are harder than they look and much harder than most confuseniks assume. Congrats to Baldi for getting one right. A-

Here and Nowhere Else [Carpark, 2014]
Further adventures in the aesthetic of the tantrum ("I'm Not Part of Me," "Now Hear In") ***

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