The best album of this year so far is the new album from the Cleveland band Cloud Nothings called Here and Nowhere Else. This album follows the group’s breakthrough album Attack on Memory. Ever since that album, I have been a fan of the group and I was extremely happy to hear that they released a new album. I never anticipated that this album could surpass the greatness of Attack on Memory. This album shows off great lyricism, authentic emotion, and fast paced rock that makes Cloud Nothings such a great band to listen to. The album begins with the song “Now Hear In”. The opening paints a picture similar to that of “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles. However, it has a more psychological approach to it as evident by the opening lyrics “I go outside and see all these things that should be real. Come on you’re a part of it: can you breathe or can you feel? You’re not the same as me but I know we share a thing. No use remembering how it used to be so real”. The narrator of the song is experiencing emotions that are causing them to be disconnected from life. The song builds after the first verse and explodes with the chorus where Jayson Gerycz smacks the crap out of crash cymbals. It’s moments like that where I find myself completely pumped up from listening to the album. Another notable song on this album is the seventh track, “Pattern Walks”. The opening of the track sets the tone with feelings of being paranoid. The group builds and drops the feeling of the song that plays well. In this song, we find our narrator struggling with wanting to change but the past keeps sticking around. The way that Dylan Baldi sings the chorus in this song makes it sound like he is singing “padded walls” instead of “pattern walks” which adds to the emotion of the song. The song’s climaxes show off the pure rawness of the group with the lyrics “I don’t feel bored and worried. I just feel strange. Coming up the middle of the thought that I can change”. The album’s lead single is another great song to be found on here. This is where we find our narrator coming to grips with how life has changed for him. This could reflect the struggles of dealing with becoming an adult. The lyrics gives hints to moving forward to a new place in life. Baldi sings in the chorus “But I’m not, I’m not you. You’re a part of me, a part of me” which could be a send off to a former part of life that Baldi has outgrown. Overall, I really love where Cloud Nothings has done with the career so far. I will for sure be listening to anything else that they decide to release.