Goons Be Gone

No Age - Goons Be Gone
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #316 / 358
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2020 Ratings: #357
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June 5, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Drag City / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Goons Be Gone isn't the perfect synthesis of chaos and control that No Age have been searching for their entire career, but it finds some of their best songs and most fruitful experiments presented in a style that's never sounded more singularly their own.

73
Pitchfork

Fifteen years into their career, the duo are still finding ways to make discord feel utopian.

70
No Ripcord

Whether the album takes you back to punk’s early anti-establishment days or just makes you want to get back out into the clubs, Goons Be Gone does its job well.

70
Exclaim!

No Age's latest is not ground-breaking, but it doesn't need to be. It's an enjoyable rock record from a pair of sonic auteurs whose instincts for DIY noise-punk are as strong as ever.

66
Beats Per Minute

Goons Be Gone is nothing particularly new for them, but when No Age balance their flavors of weirdness with the wildness, it still hits the right marks.

50
DIY

A couple of times they get some wind in their sails ... but the overall feeling from this is that No Age are, ironically, starting to show their years.

JacksonLerner
76
this is incredible ; dark shoegaze vibes , this is one of my favorite things in 2020
DCCXX
80
No Age's specific brand of art punk is a unique combination that feels restrained, and especially on their last album, almost melancholy. Goons Be Gone sees the band approach their sound with a much more vibrant energy, while still maintaining the indie beats that give them an amateurish quality. This is definitely an improvement over Snares Like a Haircut, which fell flat at points with tepid song progression, and which some tracks here lack in the same areas, its approach is louder, fuller ... read more
MasterCrackfox
69
For whatever reason I've given No Age a few attempts, both on their debut record Nouns and their 2018 album Snares Like a Haircut, and nothing yet has clicked. I love the style that No Age bring, but haven't found their music to be wholly engrossing. Goons Be Gone, their latest album, buys me in a little more than I've ever been to their sound.

There is a warm feeling to their style of almost noise rock almost punk. It's not quite so noisy it can't be easily ingested and isn't so punk that it ... read more
usedtobe
77
Been a follower since their Snares Like a Haircut record and this new one is no exception with enough swagger and conciseness I need on a record. An enjoyable rock record that does it fun and sweet.
N0stalgia
60
At this point in their careers, it feels like No Age have the sound they're attempting to pull off already engrained in their mind and while that very punky and noisy, yet very atmospheric and and dreamy sound has proven to be quite enjoyable in the past, on 'Goons Be Gone' it feels like No Age are just playing it safe and releasing an album that sounds exactly what you would expect it to, without throwing any left turns or new ideas into the mix. So while it's an enjoyable project, it does ... read more
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Track List

  1. Sandalwood
  2. Feeler
  3. Smoothie
  4. Working Stiff Takes a Break
  5. War Dance
  6. Toes In the Water
  7. Turned To String
  8. A Sigh Clicks
  9. Puzzled
  10. Head Sport Full Face
  11. Agitating Moss
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Added on: February 24, 2020