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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 90
    Last Building Burning is, truly, as inspiring, energizing and life-affirming as punk is likely to get in 2018.
  2. 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.
  3. Oct 19, 2018
    80
    Last Building Burning is Cloud Nothings embracing a harsher component to their sound--almost recalling the likes of recent Oh Sees releases--which has grown into something unsettled, bold and reckless.
  4. Nov 14, 2018
    80
    A raw, yet purposeful execution that never spoils his clear-headed grasp.
  5. 80
    Seriously, these songs feel like Smashing Pumpkins demos--grainy, rough, atmospheric--like if they were made in a garage, and I think that's exactly what CN wanted to achieve. Rough, raw and rugged, but still jangly, catchy and head-poppy enough to leave you wanting more.
  6. 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.
  7. Oct 18, 2018
    40
    Last Building Burning is background music that has a soap-slick grip on our attention.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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!!!
  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.

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