Clouddead (album)

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Studio album by
Released May 1, 2001 (2001-05-01)
Recorded 1999–2000
Genre Abstract hip hop, cloud rap, psychedelic hip hop, ambient
Length 73:35
Label Big Dada, Mush
Producer Odd Nosdam
Clouddead chronology
Singles from Clouddead
  1. "Apt. A"
    Released: 2000
  2. "And All You Can Do Is Laugh."
    Released: 2000
  3. "I Promise Never to Get Paint on My Glasses Again."
    Released: 2001
  4. "JimmyBreeze"
    Released: 2001
  5. "(Cloud Dead Number Five)"
    Released: 2001
  6. "Bike"
    Released: 2001

Clouddead (stylized as cLOUDDEAD) is the debut album by American hip hop trio Clouddead. It was released on May 1, 2001 on Big Dada in the United Kingdom[1] and on May 8, 2001 on Mush Records in the United States.[2]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
NME 8/10[5]
Pitchfork 8.0/10[6]
Stylus Magazine A[7]

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."[5] Thomas Quinlan of Exclaim! said, "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."[8]

Clay Jarvis of Stylus Magazine gave the album a grade of A, saying, "No combination of adjectives could accurately portray what you'll hear and no second-hand gushing will prepare you for the immense pleasure that is sure to wash over you when you put this album on."[7] 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."[3]

In 2014, it was described by Arron Merat of Fact as "a key touchstone for the North American hip-hop underground."[9]

Track listing

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


Credits adapted from liner notes.


  1. ^ "cLOUDDEAD – cLOUDDEAD". Big Dada. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "MH-206: cLOUDDEAD – cLOUDDEAD". Mush Records. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Pytlik, Mark. "cLOUDDEAD – cLOUDDEAD". AllMusic. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Wyse, Pascal (May 18, 2001). "cLOUDDEAD: cLOUDDEAD (Big Dada)". The Guardian.
  5. ^ a b Chick, Stevie (May 7, 2001). "cLOUDDEAD : cLOUDDEAD". NME. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Dare, Christopher (April 24, 2001). "cLOUDDEAD: cLOUDDEAD". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Jarvis, Clay (September 1, 2003). "cLOUDDEAD – cLOUDDEAD". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (July 1, 2001). "CLOUDDEAD – CLOUDDEAD". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  9. ^ Merat, Arron (November 7, 2014). "cLOUDDEAD: Dose One, Odd Nosdam and Why? look back at indie rap's defining moment". Fact. Retrieved May 29, 2017.

External links

  • cLOUDDEAD at Discogs (list of releases)
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