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Snares Like a Haircut

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Snares Like a Haircut

Album number five from LA lo-fi indie rock duo Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    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
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    It's art with a beat, noise with hooks, and more proof that No Age are one of the great slept-on bands of their generation
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  3. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    A kind of safety blanket of noise in a perilous 2018
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  4. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The dreamy, ambient leanings that took center stage on the band’s most downtempo tracks pour over into all of Snares, providing even more body beneath Randall’s infinitesimal riffing
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  5. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    A fresh and clear-eyed statement, drawing most from punk’s impulse towards attentiveness and honesty
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    Noise-pop duo strike back with a dreamily wondrous fourth. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Not everyone will listen to No Age and hear the gems hidden inside the fuzz. But for a certain listener Snares Like A Haircut will land like manna from heaven
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  8. 8.0 |   The 405

    At their peak, and not infrequently on Snares Like a Haircut they’re within touching distance, No Age are one of the most thrilling rock bands on this planet
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    Sharper and brighter than ever
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  10. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    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
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  11. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    Fresh and as exciting as ever
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  12. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    There's real gratification for the fan when an album finds a balance held by intact identity and expansion of the dimension in which it resides. Snares Like a Haircut achieves this by introducing an almost shoegaze sensibility to their galvanic art punk
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  13. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    A good rock album that continues No Age’s streak of making good rock albums
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  14. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Snares Like a Haircut is reinvigorating in the best ways
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  15. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    A quick, understated collection of pop songs, the latest No Age album Snares Like a Haircut is inventive without deviating from the band’s formula
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  16. 6.0 |   Record Collector

    Their latest starts very strongly indeed with a series of punchy college-rockish numbers with appealing vocal hooks and every manner of ambient-to-squealing pedal effect
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  17. 6.0 |   Punk News

    Contains enough of the unique instrumental elements that keep a No Age album interesting but falters occasionally when the energy fades and the tempo falls to a listless pace
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  18. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There are occasional remnants of experimentation, namely in the ambient touches to the title track and ‘Third Grade Rave’, but the defining feature of ‘Snares Like A Haircut’ is its fuzzy chords and no-nonsense attitude, which isn’t so bad, but isn’t so strong
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