14 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With song titles like "Shed and Transcend" and "Skinned," you'd think that No Age's new album is a love-or-hate leap into the unknown — a rebirth record that took six months of scrapped tracks and calloused hands to complete. While that's true on many levels, it's not that drastic of a shift. More like a refined take on the L.A. duo's last two LPs, a headphone-ready joy ride through the outer realm of ravaged indie rock, nail-gun-like noise, and meditative electronic music. So while songs like "Glitter" and "Fever Dreaming" balance their meaty hooks with sudden bursts of feedback and chalkboard-scratching chords, No Age also indulges their ambient side on "Katerpillar" and two solo efforts (the woozy downward-spiral loops of "Dusted," the brief but heartbreaking post-rock of "Positive Amputation") that suggest the band could pull off a 21st-century punk version of OutKast's Speakerboxxx / The Love Below double-LP someday. For now, we're more than happy to hear Randy and Dean do their thing, striking a balance between the skate parks they grew up in and the art-damaged road ahead.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With song titles like "Shed and Transcend" and "Skinned," you'd think that No Age's new album is a love-or-hate leap into the unknown — a rebirth record that took six months of scrapped tracks and calloused hands to complete. While that's true on many levels, it's not that drastic of a shift. More like a refined take on the L.A. duo's last two LPs, a headphone-ready joy ride through the outer realm of ravaged indie rock, nail-gun-like noise, and meditative electronic music. So while songs like "Glitter" and "Fever Dreaming" balance their meaty hooks with sudden bursts of feedback and chalkboard-scratching chords, No Age also indulges their ambient side on "Katerpillar" and two solo efforts (the woozy downward-spiral loops of "Dusted," the brief but heartbreaking post-rock of "Positive Amputation") that suggest the band could pull off a 21st-century punk version of OutKast's Speakerboxxx / The Love Below double-LP someday. For now, we're more than happy to hear Randy and Dean do their thing, striking a balance between the skate parks they grew up in and the art-damaged road ahead.

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