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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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

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The Sawed-Off Sound of Everything In Between

While guitars still blaze with distortion and synths whir high overhead, No Age have struck upon a careful balance of effective punk progression and simple soundscapes that lend the record to be one of 2010's more enjoyable of releases.

Unlike singles compilation Weirdo Rippers, whose songs were often buried in guitar feedback and abrasive sound, Everything In Between is a decidedly more cohesive affair both lyrically and musically. Dean Spunts vocals are more emphasized while guitarist Randy Randall sometimes engages in a well-earned solo. Whether it be the acoustic guitar vibrancy of Valley Hump Crash or the catalogue revisions of nostalgic synth that add pathos to Life Prowler, the record is a record of overcoming self-made obstacles.

Despite the accessibility along with being one of the years best, No Age can easily improve on future records because not only does this afford the band diversity, it offers a chance at a super synthesis between soundscape and life-affirming punk. The instrumentals here like Positive Amputation and Katerpillar are appropriate in the pacing of the record, while Shed and Transcend boasts one of No Ages fiercest punk songs despite having vocals factor in around the 1:50 mark.

And then there is Fever Dreaming. If No Age is to continue the exploratory nature of music while remaining the feral nature of punk, this is their blueprint of the future. An ultra-catchy guitar assault that crescendos throughout the song while Spunt remains cool among the cacophony, all but collapsing into an absolutely beautiful soundscape.

Lend your set of ears to Everything In Between, it will introduce you to one of musics more adventurous punk-rock bands.

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Really Good Noise Pop

On No Age's new record, they channeled the noise way more tastefully and wrote good pop songs that are not to predictable.

vanillaskynet ,

this album is pure feverish

Imagine, its around 90 degress in the middle of the night during summer and you're suffering from a fever, but you don't have a fan or an AC, you're sweating and you are unable to sleep becuase you're sick and hot at the same time, thats how this album feels to me.

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