Goons Be Gone

No Age - Goons Be Gone
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2020 Ratings: #663 / 757
User Score
Based on 87 ratings
2020 Ratings: #439
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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.

75
Under The Radar
It's a sprawling collection that fuses sonic experimentation with classic song structures to devastating effects in parts.
75
Spectrum Culture

Goons Be Gone ends up feeling like an interesting best-case scenario for a band becoming more accessible.

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.

70
Uncut

Goons Be Gone, their fifth album proper, strikes a deft balance between hooks'n'riffs and meditative drifts.

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.

60
Q Magazine
Uneasy listening from noisy Los Angeles duo.
60
FLOOD Magazine
Even “Head Sport Full Face” and “Agitating Moss”—the last two songs on the record and arguably the two catchiest—take effort to listen to, and, like the rest of the album, require a concerted and concentrated effort to do so. In this day and age of minimal attention spans, that’s a noble art indeed.
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
75
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
miojoindie
78
It is impressive to think that even close to completing 15 years of career, a band like No Age, endowed with such a specific musical identity and few instruments, remains as relevant and still inventive as in the first authorial records. Formed in 2005 in the city of Los Angeles, California, the project led by Randy Randall (guitar) and Dean Allen Spunt (drums, vocals) continues through layers of noise, moments of sweet experimentation and beats worked in an inaccurate way. A true sound maze ... 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