No No No (Beirut album)

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No No No
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2015
Genre
Length29:17
Label4AD
Producer
Beirut chronology
The Rip Tide
(2011)
No No No
(2015)
Gallipoli
(2019)
Singles from No No No
  1. "No No No"
    Released: June 1, 2015
  2. "Gibraltar"
    Released: August 18, 2015

No No No is the fourth studio album by indie folk band Beirut. It was released on September 11, 2015 on 4AD.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Consequence of SoundC+[4]
Drowned in Sound8/10[5]
Exclaim!8/10[6]
musicOMH3/5 stars[7]
NME2/5[8]
Pitchfork6.7/10[9]
Spin5/10[10]

No No No received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 64, based on 20 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[2]

Mackenzie Herd of Exclaim! praised the album, stating, "Despite rhythmic vitality and the addition of optimistic trumpet and trombone, Condon's lyrics reveal a man still suffering from loss and longing. Although none of the nine songs exceed the four-minute mark, the lyrics for each are even shorter by comparison, and are often repeated for emphasis. Repetition as a rhetorical device is perhaps most evident on "Fener," on which Condon sings, "I had to know, I had to know, where you had gone," or the title track, when Condon repeats the same stanza twice over. Condon is at the heart of each song, so while a hopeful tone is central to both the music and lyrics, No No No is a portrait of a man putting on a brave face while piecing his life back together, and it's all the more engaging for it."[6]

NME was more critical of the album, stating, "While 2011’s ‘The Rip Tide’ was certainly more pared down in comparison to its orchestral predecessors, here Condon (who went through a divorce and hospital treatment for exhaustion before making this new record) seems to have stripped away his most intriguing tropes altogether. The corny staccato keys of ‘August Holland’ merely churn on like a Ben Folds Five cast-off and Condon moans aimlessly over ‘Pacheco’’s gooey synth schmaltz in search of a chorus, never quite finding the hooks to base one on."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Zach Condon.

No.TitleLength
1."Gibraltar"3:41
2."No No No"2:50
3."At Once"2:06
4."August Holland"3:30
5."As Needed"3:18
6."Perth"3:37
7."Pacheco"3:08
8."Fener"3:28
9."So Allowed"3:39
Total length:29:17

Personnel[edit]

  • Zach Condon – vocals, piano, synthesizer (Roland, Moog Rogue, Korg, Moog Sub Phatty, Moog Voyager, juno), trumpet, organ (farfisa, pump organ), electric piano (wurlitzer), mellotron, ukulele, rhodes, celesta
  • Nick Petree – percussion, acoustic and electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Collins – bass, electric guitar, double bass, organ (farfisa), backing vocals
  • Ben Lanz – trombone
  • Kyle Resnick – trumpet
  • Clarice Jensen – cello
  • Perrin Cloutier – tom tom (tom drum), accordion
  • Ben Russell – violin
  • Yuki Numata Resnick – violin

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 63
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 12
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 17
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 13
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 38
Irish Albums (IRMA)[18] 62
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[19] 39
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[20] 28
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 38
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 37
US Billboard 200[23] 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beirut: No No No
  2. ^ a b "No No No reviews". Metacritic. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  3. ^ "No No No - Beirut". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Beirut - 'No No No'". Consequence of Sound. 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  5. ^ Goggins, Joe. Beirut - No No No. Drowned In Sound. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b Herd, Mackenzie (2015-09-09). "Beirut - No No No". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  7. ^ Murphy, John. Beirut - No No No. musicOMH 8 September 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  8. ^ a b "NME Album Reviews - Beirut – 'No No No'". Nme.Com. 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  9. ^ "Beirut - 'No No No'". Pitchfork. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  10. ^ "Review: Beirut, 'No No No'". SPIN. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  11. ^ Ryan, Gavin (September 19, 2015). "ARIA Albums: Bring Me the Horizon 'That's the Spirit' Debuts At One in Australia". Noise11. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Beirut – No No No" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Beirut – No No No" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Beirut – No No No" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Beirut – No No No" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Beirut – No No No". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  17. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  18. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 38, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Beirut – No No No". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  20. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Beirut – No No No". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Beirut – No No No". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  22. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  23. ^ "Beirut Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 22, 2015.