Clouddead (album)

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Clouddead
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Studio album by Clouddead
Released May 1, 2001 (2001-05-01) (US)
May 7, 2001 (2001-05-07) (UK)
Recorded 1999–2000
Genre Abstract hip hop, experimental hip hop
Length 73:35
Label Mush Records (US)
Big Dada (UK)
Producer Odd Nosdam
Clouddead chronology
Clouddead
(2001)
Ten
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound (7/10)[2]
Exclaim! (favorable)[3]
NME (8/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[5]
Stylus Magazine (A)[6]

Clouddead (stylized as cLOUDDEAD) is the debut album by American hip hop trio Clouddead. It was released in 2001. It compiles the six 10-inch singles that the group had previously released on Mush Records over a period of two years. Each track on the album corresponds to one side of a single.

Reception[edit]

Mark Pytlik of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying: "It's menacing, it's enthralling, and it's one of few modern-day records (hip-hop or otherwise) that honestly doesn't sound like anything -- or anyone -- else."[1]

Thomas Quinlan of Exclaim! felt that "Clouddead follows more along the lines of Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart than it does hip-hop, but it remains rooted at all times in beats and samples."[3] Stevie Chick of NME said: "This music takes the most abstract fallout of trip-hop as its starting point, working in white noise, telephone pranks and post-rock textures to create a disorientating mush you'll spend weeks getting lost in."[4]

In 2014, it was described by Arron Merat of Fact as "a key touchstone for the North American hip-hop underground."[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Apt. A (1)" (featuring Illogic) 6:25
2. "Apt. A (2)"   5:52
3. "And All You Can Do Is Laugh. (1)"   5:34
4. "And All You Can Do Is Laugh. (2)" (featuring DJ Signify) 5:51
5. "I Promise Never to Get Paint on My Glasses Again. (1)" (featuring Sole) 5:45
6. "I Promise Never to Get Paint on My Glasses Again. (2)"   6:01
7. "JimmyBreeze (1)" (featuring The Wolf Bros.) 7:01
8. "JimmyBreeze (2)"   5:32
9. "(Cloud Dead Number Five) (1)" (featuring Mr. Dibbs) 5:24
10. "(Cloud Dead Number Five) (2)" (featuring Mr. Dibbs) 6:00
11. "Bike (1)" (featuring The Bay Area Animals) 7:12
12. "Bike (2)" (featuring The Bay Area Animals) 6:53

Personnel[edit]

  • Yoni Wolf (Why?) - voice, sampler, lyrics
  • Adam Drucker (Doseone) - voice, sampler, lyrics
  • David Madson (Odd Nosdam) - sampler, voice, production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pytlik, Mark. "cLOUDDEAD - cLOUDDEAD". AllMusic. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Haggar, Ben (June 16, 2001). "cLOUDDEAD - cLOUDDEAD". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Quinlan, Thomas (July 1, 2001). "CLOUDDEAD - CLOUDDEAD". Exclaim!. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Chick, Stevie (September 12, 2005). "cLOUDDEAD : cLOUDDEAD". NME. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Dare, Christopher (April 24, 2001). "cLOUDDEAD: cLOUDDEAD". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Jarvis, Clay (September 1, 2003). "cLOUDDEAD - cLOUDDEAD". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ Merat, Arron (November 7, 2014). "cLOUDDEAD: Dose One, Odd Nosdam and Why? look back at indie rap's defining moment". Fact. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 

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