Nouns (album)

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Nouns
Nouns.jpg
Studio album by No Age
Released May 8, 2008
Recorded Infrasonic, Los Angeles (Tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, and 12), Southern Studios, London (Tracks 2, 6, 7, and 11), and Fuller Compound, Los Angeles (Tracks 4 and 10)
Genre Noise pop
Length 30:35
Label Sub Pop
No Age chronology
Weirdo Rippers
(2007)
Nouns
(2008)
Losing Feeling
(2009)

Nouns is the first LP (as Weirdo Rippers was a compilation of singles and EPs)[1] by American noise rock duo No Age. It was (partly) recorded at Southern Studios in London. The album was leaked onto the internet on April 16, 2008 and subsequently released by Sub Pop on May 6, 2008. On May 5, it earned a 9.2/10 rating from Pitchfork Media; and is the website's joint highest-reviewed original release of 2008 (along with Dear Science by TV on the Radio and Microcastle by Deerhunter). The album ranked third in Pitchfork Media's list of the top 50 albums of 2008, and was listed at number 50 on Rolling Stone's list of the best albums of 2008.

Packaging[edit]

Nouns was released on LP, CD, and via download. The CD version features a 68-page full-color booklet with art, photos, lyrics and information about the release.[2] The album was nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Recording Package.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club C+[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[7]
Mojo 4/5 stars[8]
MSN Music A−[9]
NME 7/10[10]
Pitchfork Media 9.2/10[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
Spin 4/5 stars[13]

The album received many positive reviews (as indicated by its Metacritic score of 79); "Teen Creeps" was also mentioned as one of the bright spots on the album. In particular, Spin cited "Teen Creeps" as "adding Superchunky pop riffs to their relentless punk vigor".[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Miner" – 1:50
  2. "Eraser" – 2:41
  3. "Teen Creeps" – 3:25
  4. "Things I Did When I Was Dead" – 2:27
  5. "Cappo" – 2:42
  6. "Keechie" – 3:27
  7. "Sleeper Hold" – 2:26
  8. "Errand Boy" – 2:41
  9. "Here Should Be My Home" – 2:03
  10. "Impossible Bouquet" – 2:09
  11. "Ripped Knees" – 2:53
  12. "Brain Burner" – 1:51

Singles[edit]

  • "Eraser" was released as a single, with covers of Nate Denver's "Don't Stand Still", the Urinals' "Male Masturbation" and The Nerves' "When You Find Out" as B-sides.[14]
  • "Teen Creeps" was released as a single with the non-album B-side "Intimate Descriptions" (3:02).

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008)[15] Peak
position
Billboard 200 196
Top Heatseekers 7
Independent Albums 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pop & Hiss". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ "Amazon.com: Nouns (W/BOOK) (DIG): No Age: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  3. ^ "Reviews for Nouns by No Age". Metacritic. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Nouns – No Age". AllMusic. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ Burgess, Aaron (May 5, 2008). "No Age: Nouns". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Simpson, Dave (May 2, 2008). "No Age, Nouns". The Guardian. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ Payne, John (May 6, 2008). "An energetic twosome". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ "No Age: Nouns". Mojo (175): 106. June 2008. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 2008). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ Richards, Sam (May 2, 2008). "No Age: Nouns". NME. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (May 5, 2008). "No Age: Nouns". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ O'Donnell, Kevin (May 15, 2008). "Nouns : No Age". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 14, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Gross, Joe (May 2008). "Furious Styles". Spin. 24 (5): 109. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ "New No Age - "Eraser"". StereoGum. 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  15. ^ "Nouns - No Age". Billboard.com. 2008-05-24. Retrieved 2012-03-03.