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  • Summary: The Los Angeles five-piece--named after a song by the Cure--deliver their debut album of catchy punk rock.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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 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. Collapse