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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Cleveland indie rock band was recorded over eight days with producer Randall Dunn.
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  1. 90
    Last Building Burning is, truly, as inspiring, energizing and life-affirming as punk is likely to get in 2018.
  2. Oct 24, 2018
    80
    Last Building Burning feels like you’d hope it’d feel, as a 36-minute rush of blood to the head.
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    80
    It's a rare moment of ambitious sprawl in an album that's otherwise lean, loud, and a no-nonsense celebration of Cloud Nothings' strengths.
  4. Oct 30, 2018
    80
    Clearly nobody told Cloud Nothings that album sequencing was supposed to be a dying art. Perhaps it is the satisfaction of a band returning to their natural territory, or perhaps it is a marriage of the energy of the record with the spirit of its times, but Cloud Nothings have never been better.
  5. Oct 19, 2018
    76
    On their pressure cooker of a fifth album, Last Building Burning, they rebound with a magnificent course correction. Volume and fury? Sure, they can do that. Still, they meet the demand with almost passive-aggressive relish.
  6. 75
    A ferocious album that finds them diving headfirst into experimentation, it is filled to the brim with a driving energy that rarely lets up. Striking the precarious balance of melding their pop inclinations with uproarious noise, Cloud Nothings push the dial back in the right direction.
  7. Oct 18, 2018
    40
    Last Building Burning is background music that has a soap-slick grip on our attention.

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  1. Oct 24, 2018
    10
    Only 8 tracks but every one of them is brilliant so I have to give this album a full ten! The band really came back hard on this one, it'sOnly 8 tracks but every one of them is brilliant so I have to give this album a full ten! The band really came back hard on this one, it's energized as hell; apart from an instrumental noise breakdown in the middle of Dissolution it hurtles along with hooks, rhythms and melodies galore. Excellent!!! Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2018
    7
    Just saw CN play in SF in support of Last Building Burning, which they played in it's entirety. Brutal live. I miss the balance betweenJust saw CN play in SF in support of Last Building Burning, which they played in it's entirety. Brutal live. I miss the balance between hooks and discord present in the prior arc of the last three albums. Last Building Burning feels reactionary to current environment. Hope they can rise above next time. Expand