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No Age: Everything in BetweenEverything in Between (2010)
Sub Pop Records
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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Many bands under the broad limbs of the post-punk tree share a similar career arc: They start out as young hooligans being noisy as shit, but eventually with age and experience settle into making some semblance of pop music. If they're a good band, they will retain some of their crazier tendencies t.
Many bands under the broad limbs of the post-punk tree share a similar career arc: They start out as young hooligans being noisy as shit, but eventually with age and experience settle into making some semblance of pop music. If they're a good band, they will retain some of their crazier tendencies that drew people to them initially, as well. Sonic Youth comes to mind, as does the Jesus and Mary Chain. Then there are lo-fi acts like the Mountain Goats and Guided by Voices who eventually feel the need to go hi-fi. It's not selling out--it's just coming to the realization that noise and crummy production can only take you so far and can become stale elements themselves. Last year, Los Angeles-based duo No Age released their Losing Feeling EP and it came as a shock to many, including our own Brian Shultz. It consisted of a more traditional No Age rocker preceded by three gentler/more experimental songs, so the shock was not unwarranted. A year later, their second proper full-length Everything in Between gives the duo more room to spread out and present their most assured statement yet, containing a nice mix of punk/rock songs, mellow strummers and trance-inducing loops, all supporting their most melodic vocal work to date.
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