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Best Songs Of 2010 #11

Cloud Control – There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight

“You wake up, and you’re on fire.”

When Cloud Control announced that they would be releasing their long-awaited debut album, ‘Bliss Release’, this year, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect.  Having followed them for the better part of two years, I assumed I was already familiar with most of the material that they had under their belt.

I was sure ‘Bliss Release’ would see Buffalo Country and Gold Canary as lead singles and standout songs, a little bit of Vintage Books and Death Cloud to add depth, as well as a few new songs they had played live like Ghost Story. Bam, hit record. Too easy.

As it turned out, it seems like Cloud Control agreed that it was too easy. Instead, they left out Buffalo Country, Vintage Books and Death Cloud entirely, preferring to focus on a strong all-round album built primarily upon unreleased music. Even more impressively, when I finally got my eager hands on ‘Bliss Release’, the standout song for me was not one that I had heard before, but rather this track, There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight.

It is just so instantly addictive, so utterly clean and polished but yet also fun and bouncy. Cloud Control’s trademark jangly guitar is here, but ultimately it is the combination of so many elements, not the least of which is Al’s soaring voice, which makes this one of my favourite songs of the year.

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