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  • Summary: The latest full-length studio release for Los Angeles duo No Age was recorded, mixed and produced by its guitarist Randy Randall.
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  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Noise Pop, Noise-Rock
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 15, 2022
    Always a unique band, with these 13 experiments, No Age has created something puzzling, beautiful, and truly one-of-a-kind.
  2. The Wire
    Sep 15, 2022
    Even when the album’s second half remembers it was supposed to be a rock record, its raw proto-punk remains perfectly strange, with guitar licks alternating between J Mascis’s fuzzy melodicism and John Frusciante’s soothing warmth as they drift across a busy, restlessly baroque pop background. [Sep 2022, p.54]
  3. Sep 15, 2022
    You can hear the impact of the pandemic in this latest album from No Age, not in the recording, which sounds as assured as ever, but in the bouts of introspection, the intervals of lyricism, the sweet haze and jangle of home-cooked rock. Spunt and Randall went inward, not out into the world, to find a different way to sound.
  4. Sep 16, 2022
    Spanning just over half an hour, People Helping People requires a few listens before its logic begins to click, but eventually the fractured music overlaps with their catalog, even suggesting new directions for their work to come.
  5. Uncut
    Sep 15, 2022
    People Helping People is evenly split between eerie, washed-out rumblings and more frenzied outbursts of Sonic Youth-ful skronk and motorik madness. [Oct 2022, p.33]
  6. Oct 17, 2022
    There are far too many tracks on this LP where I can tell Randall and Spunt are present–the No Age I know and love are deep down in there, somewhere–but aren’t engaged.
  7. Sep 16, 2022
    Clearly, the group put time and effort into production (the dance/electro “Flutter Freer” and vibrating “Andy Helping Andy” both sound alive) but made an artistic choice to neuter their more rock efforts. Had the instrumentals been more invigorating this may have been an interesting choice, but as People Helping People wraps, the feeling of No Age just going through the disenchanted motions sets in.

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