Cloud Cult – Light Chasers

Cloud Cult – Light Chasers

Pitchfork:

Cloud Cult’s usual combination of wiry guitars, earnest yawps, swaying orchestration, bustling drums, and occasional keyboards or electronics returns on Light Chasers, with the addition of ex-Tapes ‘n Tapes-er Shawn Neary on bass. Unfortunately, all this overwroughtness– overwroughtitude?– has come to feel slightly rote: Note extended song titles like “The Contact (Journey to the Light p. 5)” (the exact track listing varies between the back of the CD case, liner notes, and CDDB online data). Still, this combination of the building blocks for epic, millennial indie rock remains fairly potent in Cloud Cult’s hands, particularly on multiple-personality piano stomper “Room Full of People in Your Head”. Unplugging it a little, “The Baby (You Were Born)” is a wide-eyed acoustic ballad that, like John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy” before it, can seem moving or saccharine depending on your frame of mind.

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