Light Chasers

Album Review of Light Chasers by Cloud Cult.

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Light Chasers

Cloud Cult

Light Chasers by Cloud Cult

Release Date: Sep 14, 2010
Record label: Rebel Group
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Chamber Pop

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Light Chasers - Very Good, Based on 5 Critics

Filter - 80
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80

If you’ve ever been blessed to find yourself enveloped in the would-be joy of the Upper Midwest, you will immediately sense the region’s Scandinavian roots in Cloud Cult’s twee undertones. “Hippie” isn’t quite the right word, nor is “green.” It’s mainly such a fresh-faced, unabashed, un-ironic sincerity that it’s difficult for the average urbanite to understand. Regardless of the universal, earth-loving edges of this Minneapolis collective’s sound (which edges can be trying), what there definitely is in Light Chasers is some supremely beautiful and well-produced music.

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Paste Magazine - 79
Based on rating 7.9/10
79

Soul-searching crew turns didactic Label: Earthology RecordsRelease Date: 9/14/2010 Listening to Minneapolis septet Cloud Cult is kind of like watching Kabuki theatre: It’s bizarre, melodramatic and even gaudy at times, but nonetheless surprisingly moving. With a career spanning 15 years and nine albums, the group has honed a sound that is equally baroque and beat-based, sample-heavy and orchestral, and full of lyrical meanderings that toe the line between ingenious and terrible. Frontman Craig Minowa’s personal history is largely inseparable from the band’s music.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

After Feel Good Ghosts, rumors circulated that it would be the last Cloud Cult album, but there were good intentions behind Minowa's hiatus: his wife was giving birth to a baby boy. With newfound positivity as a catalyst, Light Chasers is the first Cloud Cult release in a long time that doesn’t feel exhaustingly heavy. For the band’s first concept album, rather than mourning, Minowa focuses on space travel and uses the theme as a metaphor for self-discovery.

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Slant Magazine - 70
Based on rating 3.5/5
70

Since 2002, Cloud Cult has used their albums to plumb the depths of grief experienced by frontman Craig Minowa and his wife Connie, who paints stage-side during each of the band’s live shows, following the loss of their first son. The band’s eighth album, Light Chasers, stands as a significant departure in a couple of key ways: In addition to drawing inspiration from the Minowas’ birth of a healthy baby boy in late 2009, Light Chasers is the band’s first proper concept album. Opening with “The Mission: Unexplainable Stories” and concluding nearly an hour later with “The Arrival: There’s So Much Energy in Us,” Light Chasers crafts a singular, linear narrative, chronicling the journey of an astronaut from the planning stages of his voyage to his landing at his eventual destination.

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Pitchfork - 54
Based on rating 5.4/10
54

There's no statute of limitations on grieving the loss of an infant child. For Craig and Connie Minowa, the 2002 death of two-year-old son Kaidin was enough to force a year-long separation. This bereavement also fueled the most cathartic moments of the Cloud Cult albums Craig would later record, in a geothermal-powered studio, at the couple's small, northern Minnesota organic farm.

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