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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the duo of Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt is its first on the Drag City label.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jan 26, 2018
    No Age are one of those rare bands who can be all things to all punks, from art-school noise types in their lofts to teenagers squabbling in the streets below--and they are in the form of their lives.
  2. Jan 29, 2018
    It’s what you should put on when you don’t want to think; aggressive, enveloping, and with just enough of a bite to corroborate your deeply held belief that you’re not one of them.
  3. Uncut
    Jan 16, 2018
    This is noticeably a slightly older, wiser o Age, one aware that the rigours of the age demand a little more than good-times positivity. Certainly, they've seldom sounded better. [Feb 2018, p.22]
  4. Mojo
    Jan 16, 2018
    Snares feels more like No Age's greatest hits than their fifth album. [Feb 2018, p.95]
  5. Jan 26, 2018
    Besides restoring the muscle lacking on the emaciated An Object, the opening trio on Snares presents No Age as everything they’ve been (gritty, propulsive, atmospheric, a motorcycle taking on a sandstorm head-on) and the immediately accessible rawk band they’ve never been.
  6. Feb 21, 2018
    After 40 minutes you’re still not totally sure what it is you’ve listened to. This could be great, messy pop music, or just as easily be something you dreamt, dozing in post-coital bliss with a detuned radio in the background. Whichever it is, you’ll just be glad it exists. If, that is, it exists at all.
  7. Jan 16, 2018
    A third of the way in, there’s a sequence of up-tempo dreampunk numbers harbouring brattier attitudes and melodies of a more generically slapdash nature, at which point this reviewer’s notebook became overly burdened with ditto marks. The quality picks up later with a couple of shimmering near-ballads. As far as power duos go, that’s not a bad ratio and it certainly beats those impotent hacks known as The Black Stripes or The White Keys or whatever they were called.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 28, 2018
    Put me in the "this is goddamn amazing" pile. Strange because the band seemed to be losing power with every passing album and surprisinglyPut me in the "this is goddamn amazing" pile. Strange because the band seemed to be losing power with every passing album and surprisingly they now deliver 40 minutes of some of the most texturally blissful music any rock band has released since... Deafheaven, maybe? Either way, this is No Age doing what they know how to do best. How could you be disappointed? Expand

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