• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Mar 29, 2011
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    The Golden Age of Knowhere is the perfect party album since it has something for everyone. And while it will most likely work better in a live setting, it still makes for one hell of an excellent record.
  2. Q Magazine
    Mar 1, 2011
    80
    Just Because, Youth and Poverty and the simmering Finale show there's genuine craft here too. Thrilling. [Feb 2011, p.117]
  3. Feb 15, 2011
    80
    They've also striven to make their soiree as all-are-welcome as possible. If the latest serving of salad days for indie has to start somewhere, it could do a whole lot worse than here.
  4. 70
    At its core, Golden Age speaks up like another highly anticipated LP with everything to prove, and the proof is in the pudding.
  5. Mar 31, 2011
    64
    Chad Elliot bends his elastic voice between teetering wails and delicate melodies, and sharp guitar work keeps the album charging, even with some sneaky jazz progressions thrown in.
  6. Mojo
    Apr 12, 2011
    60
    Trio from Whittier, south-east Los Angeles, make debut on Britney's label. [Feb. 2011, p. 101]
  7. Mar 30, 2011
    60
    They may not have as much depth as their influences, but at their best, their shiny surfaces are a lot of fun.
  8. Mar 30, 2011
    60
    Crossing the garage rock of early Strokes with the dance rock of Franz Ferdinand a decade too late, this suburban Los Angeles trio makes a tired idea sound viable by sheer force of postadolescent will.
  9. Feb 15, 2011
    60
    This is a band who don't know how to slow things down, hitting everything at the same high-octane pace, whether chanted vocals, frazzled walls of noise or drifts towards Killers-style epic rock.
  10. Feb 15, 2011
    60
    The Golden Age ultimately comes across as try-hard penthouse party than wild warehouse rave.
  11. Feb 15, 2011
    60
    Some good moments then, but overall Funeral Party fail to keep the energy levels up.
  12. 60
    More than anything, annoying for the fact that in its moments of brilliance, it's the catchiest, danciest jangly guitar pop you'll hear this side of the summer. Sadly, those moments are few and far between.
  13. Feb 15, 2011
    50
    The album is largely stuck analysing lost feelings and past regrets, when it would have been much more entertaining if it focussed on living for the moment.
  14. Feb 15, 2011
    50
    Sadly, though, Golden Age of Knowhere peaks at the beginning and slides gradually downhill from the moment "New York City Moves to the Sound of LA" ends.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 2, 2011
    8
    Half the songs on this album have been around for ages, such as New York, Carwars, Giant Song and Finale. These, in their original formHalf the songs on this album have been around for ages, such as New York, Carwars, Giant Song and Finale. These, in their original form especially, are raw, exciting and infectious. Songs such as Postcards, Youth & Poverty and Relics just don't pack the same punch and provide a dull second half for what is otherwise a good extension of Bootleg. Full Review »