Album Review

No Age, 'Everything in Between'

October 4, 2010

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On their breakout full-length, “Nouns,’’ LA-based punk/noise/power-pop duo No Age mastered the delivery of discordant sonic layers in forceful, blissful bundles. They’ve upped the ante on their third LP, “Everything in Between,’’ dissecting and restructuring these bundles and presenting their components individually just as skillfully as they had in collective blasts. Their sound, at times, is just as gleefully thick and fast as ever — like on the throttling “Fever Dreaming’’ and “Depletion’’ — but most of the album is less an exercise in brute force than an exploration of melodic dynamics that can penetrate the walls. Drummer Dean Spunt’s boyishly nasal vocals surface as a standout force rather than an illegible backdrop; noodling waves of distortion, sans vocals, become full-fledged atmospheric gems of tracks (as on “Dusted’’). Then there’s the pure, euphoric, screechy power-pop of songs like “Glitter’’ — perhaps one of the most powerful tracks this year — that caulks the jagged seams of their aural scrapbook. “Everything in Between’’ is a triumphant leap forward from an already solid foundation, and one that cements the duo as one of this era’s incontestably exceptional indie-rock acts. (Out now)



No Age plays the Middle East Downstairs Nov. 16.