An Object

No Age - An Object
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2013 Ratings: #459 / 953
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2013 Ratings: #281
August 20, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

The clashes in sound become the very skeletons for the songs, and the songwriting is more fearless and honest than ever before, marking a distinct maturity for No Age and resulting in their best work to date.

85
The Line of Best Fit

This time round, we get songs that are structured like collages, a more thoughtful approach to lyricism and percussion made from coins bouncing up and down in a bass speaker. It still sounds like no-one else but No Age, but… refreshed, somehow.

84
Paste

Just because you’ll need a microscope to find these songs doesn’t mean they aren’t there, crushing the competition more quietly than ever.

80
The 405

On the whole, An Object is all about stripping things back, which ensures that the album is never anything less than fascinating. 

80
No Ripcord

An Object demonstrates that No Age is willing to change their narrative, and do so in the same unpremeditated manner without disrupting their established parameters of noise.

80
DIY

Shifts from forceful old-school punk to abstract, heady noise all remain, but on fourth album ‘An Object’ there’s a clear self-awareness, a belief that something’s gotta give.

80
The Fly

This is fault-line rock that augments its political force with eclecticism, designed to displace complacency. What’s more, on ‘An Object’, their blissy ambient tinkerings finally feel earned and essential.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

No Age may not have delivered another knockout, but An Object compensates for its shortcomings by being a mature and often moving album, a first for the duo.

70
musicOMH

Now they’re less direct and outright punk in their approach, this is an album that feels as if it could have come straight from the early days of post-punk. 

70
NME

Is it as good as their previous stuff? Answer: just about. It’s a difficult album and requires repeated listening for some of the subtler parts to sink in.

70
Consequence of Sound

An Object is No Age’s most experimental work to date, but easily their most bare. The songs are half-filled ideas, and lyrically far less narrative-driven than the band’s strong history of dream-punk ditties.

67
A.V. Club

By retreating from both aggressively cacophonic clamor and catchy hooks, however, An Object weakens the dichotomy that makes No Age’s music a compelling standout in the genre.

65
Under The Radar

Their sound had its expansion and now it's time to retract a little, to lean toward some of those punk roots rather than reveling in all that blissful guitar/noise wash.

62
Pitchfork

As a musical document more utile and enjoyable as a conversation piece than for its intended purpose of listening, An Object sadly lives up to its own name.

60
Drowned in Sound

On An Object, No Age push their weakest attributes firmly into the spotlight; a move indirectly admirable for its continued ambition, but one which makes you wish they’d go back to being punk rock, rather than just punk.

60
Spin

Most of the music is fiercely restrained, characterized by short songs, skeletal atmospheres, and performances that have a mechanistic, flatlined intensity. Bad? No, but stiff, and sapped of the dynamism the twosome seemed to come by so naturally in the past.

60
PopMatters

The album veers wildly between tracks that determinedly resist the temptation to rock out, and end up feeling disengaged - a first for this band - and others that consist of little more than fairly rudimentary thrashing.

CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
tha138
70
Straight punk aura from the old days that still sounds fun.
Let's take the ride and look for the new pogo.
Caffro
68
Some light, fun, easy going garage rock tracks. Easily the weakest No Age release yet. There's just a serious lack of energy and "anger" compared to previous releases (releases that I loved for those exact reasons). It's a fun listen but I think hardcore No Age fans will be slightly disappointed by the direction these guys took.
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Track List

  1. No Ground
  2. I Won’t Be Your Generator
  3. C’mon Stimmung
  4. Defector/ed
  5. An Impression
  6. Lock Box
  7. Running From A-Go-Go
  8. My Hands, Birch and Steel
  9. Circling With Dizzy
  10. A Ceiling Dreams of a Floor
  11. Commerce, Comment, Commence
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