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Sister

Sonic Youth

1987

Sister

Album Summary

Sister is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth. It was released in June 1987 by SST Records. The album furthered the band's move away from the no wave genre towards more traditional song structures, while maintaining an aggressively experimental approach. Like Sonic Youth's previous records, Sister was not successful at the time of its release. In the years following, however, it received much critical praise, with several publications naming it as one of the best albums of the 1980s.

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

I had heard of Sonic Youth in the 90's, but remained unfamiliar with their work. I just listened to this whole album and even though it's more "thrashy" than my usual listening tastes, I so love it. Innovative, original, and they show some real advanced musicianship. I read up on them, and Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore's focus on alternate tunings, many they pioneered, really draws me in. Such an artistic approach to their craft, and so much expression in their music.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

The sound of Sonic Youth really coalesced on 1987’s Sister, the band’s first real masterpiece. SY had been experimenting with modified guitars on blunt and jagged songs for a handful of years, creating an interesting and groundbreaking sound, but inconsistent albums and EPs. Beginning with EVOL, in 1986, their songcraft became more consistent, and they perfected it on Sister on tracks like “Schizophrenia” and “Stereo Sanctity.” One of this album’s highlights, though, is a cover: a faithful executed take on San Francisco punk band Crime’s fairly obscure “Hotwire My Heart,” with its tight rhythmic core and daggers of lead guitar slashing through the distortion. The gentle, dissonance of “Kotton Krown” nods to the epic scope we’d hear the following year on the band’s second masterpiece, the double album Daydream Nation.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

I’m sure the abrasiveness and noise will turn off more than a few listeners, but embracing those is part of the point. They were smart to ease listeners in with the melancholy pop of “Schizophrenia,” while the rest of the songs veer into noisy hardcore pretty quickly. I hate using words like “evocative” but that’s exact what’s happening here, it’s hard to listen to the air-raid siren guitars, doom-y basslines, and intricate punk drumming without picturing a dark, sinister mid-80s Americana, like the Children of the Corn grew up and hid in the city, playing nihilistic noise because it’s all the know. Like a lot of the records of this era I wish the production could be beefed up but apparently the master tapes were destroyed. Just adding to the foreboding mystique at this point I guess.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

46 days in and I’m beginning to think the 1001 Album Generator is tracking my internet history. Less than 12 hours before this album was “randomly generated” for me, I was watching a 1996 Sonic Youth live performance from Germany on YouTube. This suggests two grim possibilities: Either the developers of this website have entered into a nefarious pact with Google and are tracking my browsing history (god help them if they are) and then recommending albums… OR …I am becoming one with the Generator; its decisions influencing my choices and my choices influencing its decisions: a bio-mechanical cerebral cortex, decaying in a feedback loop. If Sonic Youth are, in fact, a conduit for The Singularity, would anyone be surprised? Their guitar squall and reckless abandon would make a fitting soundtrack to the technological apocalypse. Rating: SEVEN! out of 5

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

I don't know what's going on- we got Sonic Youth earlier this list, and I really didn't connect or enjoy the album at all, but this one sounds amazing to me? What the fuck am I doing with this list? I'm going to have to go revisit it... Discordant, noisy artsy punk. Fun shit.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Why the fuck haven't I been listening to Sonic Youth

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Wed Jan 20 2021
1

This is a strange collection of dissonant sounds, strange chords, screams, and stress. Every time i think i may appreciate a song it devolves into some incomprehensible chaos. Hard to tell if this is some sort of genius or crazy people that recently got instruments. I'm glad i made the journey, but i don't ever plan to go back.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

5.0 - Yes, finally! Here's a Sonic Youth album that lives up to their hype! This truly feels like a milestone record that lays the foundation for so much of the music I enjoyed in my teenage years. They've balanced grungy experimentation with structured rock songwriting beautifully.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Listen: Aside from a pretty decent cover of a Karen Carpenter song, Sonic Youth was a huge blind spot for me until this "project". I basically knew them as a band Kurt Cobain and Jason Bateman's character from "Juno" liked. I'm only two albums in so far, but it's safe to say I'm completely all in on Sonic Youth now. This is the album where they nudge right up to that finish line that indicates the sound they'd perfect and inspire future and wannabe musicians for years to come. That special sound is an album away. But this still comes dangerously close. It's like licking your finger and then holding it up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. Gordon and Moore were headed in the right direction here. This is the foretaste of the feast to come.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

Nothing offensive but a bit droning and one note. I'm sure they have hits, just not on this album.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

First time listening to this album, absolutely love it, the guitars sound so good throughout, maybe not as good as Daydream Nation but this is still a masterpiece. One of those albums I just had to replay after the first listen, and makes this project worthwhile finding these gems.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

A few decent songs regularly broken up with pointless, atonal noise. It might be "art" but it's not art, if you know what I'm saying.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
1

Tortura auditiva

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

Album that got me into Sonic Youth

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Absolute classic! One of my all time faves of sonic youth and beyond.

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Wed Oct 28 2020
5

Brutal noise.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

Hot damn I need to have more Sonic Youth in my life. This was a great listen

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

Pretty brilliant. Deserves much more listening.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

I was surprised how "modern" this one sounded, probably an indication of what a big influence the band is on a lot of more recent alternative rock.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Might be the album that I have listened to the most times ever. This dry drum sound in the first song.. instantly recognizable. I suppose it is Day Dream Nation for most people, but Sister is my number 1 Sonic Youth above Day Dream Nation, Evol, Dirty and Goo.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

i love this album. have never been able to decide if i like this or daydream nation better. they're both excellent.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Brilliant, uncompromising, making music exactly how they want to, Sonic Youth consistently innovate and fascinate. The dissonance is part of the journey.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

I'm endlessly fascinated with the way Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo use guitars to such varied effects. Their noisy experimentations are a testament to the possibilities of sound. This music clangs and chimes, it screeches and grinds. It’s trippy and whirling, occasionally pretty, and often pointedly noisy. The contrast between Kim Gordon’s insouciant vocal and Moore’s more atonal style add interesting contrast and depth to the songs. The pacing of some of these songs is brutal, with credit due to some hard driving drums by Steve Shelley. There's an urgency that can feel oppressive as it pulls/drags you along, the only relief coming from strategically placed moments of quiet. If you don't dig noise, this will be a hard listen. If you enjoy it, this is glorious. Fave Songs: Schizophrenia, Pacific Coast Highway, Beauty Lies in the Eye, White Cross, Cotton Crown, Pipeline/Kill Time

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Really great album. 2nd best Sonic Youth album. Schizophrenia is among their best. 8-9/10

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Tue Jan 26 2021
2

Started strong and declined rather quickly.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
1

Ah yes, more "sustain guitar depressed teenager music". Still not my case ^^

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Actually listened to cee lo green from history --- very good Also recently tried reverend and the makers which is ideal upbeat music

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

awesome album, 10/10 I think I liked it more than Bad Moon Rising, but I don’t know about Evol overall Sonic Youth has an amazing discography but it’s definitely not for everyone

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Sun Jun 12 2022
5

4.5/5. Sister was very good. Kinda feels like their most definitive moment before Daydream

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

This album is a less noisy and more accessible than Sonic Youth’s prior work and less accessible than Daydream Nation, which would be released the next year. This album is simmering post-punk that is experimental and only slightly polished. In this case, it’s a good thing and shows just how precocious Sonic Youth were when playing and arranging sound.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

I had a phase in college for where I listened to this band pretty extensively. I still do but not nearly as often. Anyway, I always really liked this album, particularly the first 2 tracks. I still think this is pretty great. I like a couple of their albums more and this is probably more of a 4 for me, but its getting a five. Try and stop me!

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

"I went away to see an old friend of mine His sister came over, she was out of her mind..." "Schizophrenia", the track that opens this album, is the birth of Sonic Youth as a legendary, iconic New York act. Everything that happened before during the band's early "no wave" trajectory converges to that melancholic guitar riff supported by Steve Shelley's bouncy toms, along with Thurston Moore's dreamy voice humming that David Lynch-like yarn over them. And everything that occured after that minute or so, for the band themselves, but also for the indie scene at large--years and even decades into the future--is a consequence of that incredible introduction where the band merged its abrasive, dissonant, unapologetically arty vocabulary with the most blatantly poppish instincts out there. From that moment I heard that introduction then dissolve into a maelstrom of intense, gripping sounds, I knew I would love this band forever. They were pointing the way into the future, to the nineties and beyond. Sadly, not a lot of folks realized this in 1987. I wish I had been there to tell everyone to *listen*, to *really*, *really* listen. They would have dismissed me as a deluded fan, I imagine. How wrong they would have been. You just need to *properly* hear the first minutes of that album to know. *Sister* is filled to the brim with transcendent moments like that, from the sheer aggression of "Catholic Block" to the oneiric, foggy atmosphere of "Kotton Krown", from the jangling, twisted guitar lines of "Tuff Gnarl" to the relentless, obsessive compulsive pulse of "Pacific Coast Highway". Moore hums, croons or shrieks. Gordon singspeaks and snarls as if she was sneering at death itself. Ranaldo utters apocalyptic preaches to an invisible congregration, *us*. Guitars wail, wince, drill and tinkle. The lyrics immerse you into a Philip K. Dick's alternate universe where industries of the heart and factories of the flesh mingle as if they were driven by the same mechanical pistons. Teenage lust, romantic impulses and cerebral digressions conflate. The air itself is buzzing with electricity around the schizoid characters populating those songs. Even silence, or what's left of it, seems to buzz. *Daydream Nation*, the album that followed *Sister*, is said to be Sonic Youth's magnum opus, thanks to some of its iconic cuts, its length, and its topical ambition--not to mention its overall sound, one more streamlined than in here (read: "more flat"). But make no mistake, *Sister* is iconic in its own right, and it is as much a masterpiece as *Daydream Nation* is, maybe even more so. A lot of Sonic Youth fans know this already. And they can't keep this a secret. I certainly can't. Now go on, call me a deluded fan. I'll only reply with one word. *Listen*. Number of albums left to review: 755 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 123 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 59 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 64

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Fri Oct 02 2020
4

Very exceptional stuff from the Youth, a precursor of monumental things to come. Favorites include Schizophrenia, Catholic Block, Tuff Gnarl and Pacific Coast Highway.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Have listen to a few of his song, always a good time.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

I can see how a lot of the bands I enjoy are influenced by this. I feel like the strokes especially use a lot of the same fuzzy guitar

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

No había escuchado un disco completo de SY y la verdad que agradable sorpresa, estaban muy metidos en el noise que ya no es taaan sucio y supongo que a lo largo de los años lo fueron limpiando aun mas. Ahora entiendo por que fueron influencia para muchas bandas y géneros, estaban bien loquitos

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Enjoying it a lot.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Pretty cool, very cryptic sounding, super cohesive so no songs really stood out. Overall enjoyable listen

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

having never heard of Sonic Youth outside of that one Simpsons episode, i gotta say, i am a big fan. it's noise rock/grunge on a level I'd expect from a 90's band and i couldn't be more pleased to have heard it. from the lyrics to instrumentals, it's an album that grabs you and gets in your face with it's music.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

4.5 | Sonic Youth es una banda muy interesante, quizá la mayor parte los recuerda por el sonido de rock alternativo ruidoso que influyo sobre la creación eventual del grunge, pero la verdad es que fue una banda con bastantes facetas, la primera de ellas siendo de música bastante experimental y disonante de esa que he visto que les encanta en este grupo. Este disco es como el puente entre todo ese estilo inicial y el estilo más melódico que saldría después con el disco con Daydream Nation y eventualmente a su mayor expresión con el Goo. Esa situación de puente hace que este sea de mis discos preferidos de la banda. Ese sonido todavía caótico y experimental pero ya con algo de forma y melodías. Schizophrenia es una de sus mejores canciones, iniciando con una voz suave, batería con carácter y una guitarra desafinada, es puro puro Sonic Youth, las letras poéticas y económicas, la manera de cantar siempre me ha recordado a Nico y en esta canción es más que válido, es una canción ensoñada, lánguida y apática. Catholic Block llena de feedback inicia la agresión con letras de enojo y explota a terminar en un grito y un sonsonete calmado cambiando a Beauty Lies in the Eye, hablando de belleza y la presión de la mujer. El resto del album quizá no llega a la maravilla de punch y combinación de esa tercia de inicio pero es igualmente de agradable; ritmos fuera de tiempo, canciones que pareciera duran más de lo que deben y de repente se paran y vuelven a iniciar. Cotton Crown con el dueto más extrañamente romántico y lleno de ruido disonante pero que funciona muy bien. Es de esos discos que pudiera hablar sobre cada canción. Alguien que conocí y ya no está me dijo una vez que no había fans de Sonic Youth, que solo había gente que decía que les gustaban pero que nadie los escuchaba realmente. Suena absurdo pero sí tenía un grado de razón. Sonic Youth completo es una banda que no es lo más accesible, eran mucho más experimentales de lo que se les recuerda, por cada canción de las pocas conocidas en general hay cinco que son totalmente polarizantes y repulsan a la gente. Sister es de esos discos que mientras más le das chance más mejora, tiene canciones grandes como Schizophrenia pero también te avienta rarezas a la cara y espera a ver si logras apreciar la disonancia y lo extraño. En mi opinión es un viaje que agradezco.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

This perfectly matched my mood for Wednesday. Particularly liked Schizophrenia, and the overall noisiness / experimentalism of the album

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Decent, probably a 4

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Good.

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Sat May 22 2021
4

Creative and inspiring alt rock. More melodic than previous efforts and a couple landmark songs. 80s alternative NYC at its best

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Noisy in the good way

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Es la primera vez que escucho este disco, al menos que yo recuerde, y parece como si lo llevara escuchando toda mi vida.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Toe maar, 2 dagen verwend met Sonic Youth

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Within Sonic Youth's discography, EVOL and Sister were described to me as companion albums: two sides of the same coin. Sister is the more accessible of the two, as it starts to leave behind the no wave and experimental roots for the band. Sister sees Sonic Youth move gracefully into some great alt rock songs without getting too "safe". Well-paced tracklist, standout songs, and overall cohesive tone means you've got a bonafide classic on your hands. More, please!

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Yessss

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

I've listened to this and Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (1988) in the past, and never quite understood the level of praise for this band. I think part of the problem was I'd already listened to a lot of post-hardcore and noise rock, and I failed to appreciate how innovate Sonic Youth were in carving out space for those genres. You can hear a lot of Fugazi emanating from this album, for example. Ultimately, it doesn't matter how original/influential a record is if it doesn't click with you personally. Thankfully, this did fall into place for me on revisiting it! I love the noisy, discordant, and experimental moments. But I also love that this album surrounds them with clean indie/rock frameworks. It's a great record, even if it'll never mean as much to me as it does to other listeners.

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Sat May 15 2021
4

Already familiar with Sonic Youth, but not this album. Not my favorite, but interesting listen

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Sun May 23 2021
4

One of Sonic Youth’s weaker albums but still very good!! Some of it was a little bit tough listening since they focus a lot more on dissonance than consonance, but that’s what punk is all about! FAV TRACKS: Catholic Block, Pacific Coast Highway, Hotwire My Heart, Master-Dik LEAST FAV TRACKS: Pipeline/Kill Time, Tuff Gnarl

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

A nice one, I enjoyed it and really liked some songs, however I believe Sonic Youth have better albums.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Dirty, gritty, raucous soundscape. Standout Tracks: Schizophrenia, (I Got a) Catholic Block, Pipeline / Kill Time, Pacific Coast Highway, Kotton Krown, Master-Dik

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Proto-Grunge... sort of a transition album from punk to grunge. Some fun songs, but also some noise.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

okay

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

I thought this album was good. Usually I don't connect well with Sonic Youth's albums, despite the fact that I loved seeing them live. However, this album was very consistent all the way through, and it kept my attention 4/5

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

An interesting comparison to Goo, it feels like early on Sonic Youth was the perfect name for the band: lound and young-sounding

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Aggréablement surpris, très en avance sur son temps comme album. On voit très bien l'influence que ça a eu sur la musique alternative en générale.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

"I can't get laid 'cause everyone is dead" (Stereo Sanctity)

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

3.75

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

I liked this best of any Sonic Youth I’ve listened to so far. Still very raw, alterntaive and experimental but hung on a solid rock armature that keeps it pleasurable to listen to.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Decent entry level noise rock. Good without being too noisy or overwhelming with sound

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

Solid. One of their better albums.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

This however was for me.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

I tapped my feet along to a few of the songs. It’s quite catchy, although nothing i will listen to again anytime soon.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Noisy, but poppy. Great record.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

First time listening to Sonic Youth, but I'm planning on continuing to listen to them. Fave song from the album: Stereo Sanctity.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

As always seems the case with Sonic Youth, I'm scared and enthralled all at once

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Slightly too noise-rocky for my tastes, but still very good. First two tracks have a fantastic post-punk grunge feel, but maintain a kind of optimism.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Sonic Youth really starting to find their groove by this album. Love it!

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

I've always wanted to explore Sonic Youth a little more, so I was pretty excited to see this album for the day. It sounds raw, a bit discombobulated at times - in the best way! There's an edginess, almost like they're coloring outside the lines. Feels a little bit dirty and rough around the edges. I'm gonna add "Sister" to the rotation so I become more familiar with it, I feel like it will grow even more on me.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

I liked this album. It's very 90s me

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Thu Nov 12 2020
3

Gritty - exactly what I imagine as indierock in the 90s. While i enjoyed it, there was no song that made me go "wow"

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Pretty solid album with some standouts but not enjoyable enough for 4.

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Tue Nov 24 2020
3

Ok.

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Tue Oct 06 2020
3

first album...leskeddit 10/4/20

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

its alright

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Ok.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Has quite a bit of Joy Division, but not my favorite Sonic Youth record.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

I actually didn't hate this album as much as I hated the other one. Sonic Youth is like Alice in Chains or like Nirvana. Just not as solid.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Made me kinda sad

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

decent alt noise - C

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Ok

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

I like these beginning chord progressions. Although, the music is sort of drowning out the lyrics. This is another of those albums where I like some of the songs and find others a little annoying and/or a little too electric for my general taste.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Not my cup of tea but fun to listen to.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Me pasa como con Pixies, a ratos muy bien, a ratos no tanto. El sonido tan crudo quizá no es tan de mi agrado. Por otro lado tiene mucho punch, mucha energía y a ratos suena muy bien. 3.5 estrellas que baja.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Old school grunge. Not bad

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

I'm supposed to like this, but it didn't excite, didn't offend.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Now Sonic Youth's in my cooler!

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

It may be bleak but this music is really getting to the crowd.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

A haunting record with traces of noise rock, this has some great songs - and some I’d consider unlistenable, if not for the unique instrumentation. Definitely sticks with you though! STANDOUTS: -Schizophrenia -Stereo Sanctity -Pipeline / Kill Time -Hot Wire My Heart -Master-Dik

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Alright!

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Is it post punk or proto grunge?

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

A pretty good Sonic Youth album, noisy as expected

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Really enjoyed the album. Some good sounds

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

decent - same as the other sonic youth one i did. passes you by a bit but

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

First few songs are really good. Devolves into noise a little by the end.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

Not bad, but not that interesting to give it a 4.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Better than I remember but still just kinda loud.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

enjoyed the first listening session, lyrics are the interesting part; melodies are mediocre

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

I don't really know what to say about this. It seems really progressive and special for its time.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

Didn't really do it for me

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

my second sonic youth album! ooh this started out great. still don't like this dude's tone and vocal performance lol. tracks 3 and 4 were pretty great. at times this music is cool but never enjoyable lol as intended i guess. lyrics are cool too, especially the entirety of 'stereo sanctity' and 'pipeline/kill time' and "i'm wasted in time and you're never ready" in some other song. but i can't get into the vocals.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

I don't mind a bit of Sonic Youth, but they do put my nerves on edge.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

I went in expecting a 4 but 3 i guess? 3.5 in reality but I'm not feeling the bump up to 4.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

This album sounds almost experimental. Some of the music is compelling, but a fair amount of it is just noisy. I liked it well enough to listen to it again at some point, so it's not getting a 2-star poo-poo. However, it's a weak 3-star entry.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Enjoyable, when it's good it was great but the bad was awful

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Kuulosti Sonic Youthilta. Tätä kuunnellessa tuli mieleen, että tämähän kuulostaa vähän Slintin Spiderlandilta. Sitten tuli mieleen, että sanoinkohan samaa jostain muusta levystä. No sanoinhan minä; Sonic Youthin Goosta! Ehkä tästä eteenpäin voi sanoa, että jokin kuulostaa Sonic Youthilta. Mielestäni tämä levy ei ollut kuitenkaan yhtä hyvä kuin Goo, meni enemmän taustalla eikä saanut otteeseensa. Tälle siis vain perus kolmonen.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

Solid

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Sonic Youth is enigmatic for Mei should like them more than I do but something keeps me at arms length. I own this on only but this would be maybe only the 4th or 5th time I've listened to it. The first song Schizophrenia is a great start I like it a lot has a similar feel to Teenage Riot. But nowhere else do I get the same feeling. Could be it just requires more effort on my part... I'll keep you posted if things change. 3.5 🌟

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Comfortable loud noise

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Again, I think the author(s) has over-emphasized the importance of Sonic Youth since I'd never include this many of their albums. Ironically I have ended up liking Sonic Youth less as I've listened to more albums.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Not in the mood for this tonight but it's alright. I'm more a fan of later Sonic Youth.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Not bad, worth a second listen at least

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Patchy. Some of it is excellent, whilst some of it is just noise, bordering on shoegaze. The good stuff I really like, the shoegazey stuff I really hate.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Not bad

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Mellow. Rainy day music

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Pretty good album. Didn't love it but nothing too bad. Seems like a band I'd like a lot more live than on their albums.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

I like Sonic Youth's more tuneful stuff, so it's cool to hear this album where they start moving in that direction but still have one foot solidly in the world of noise and discordance.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Really like the instrumentation, not massive on the sort of spoken word bits. Fav tracks: Schizophrenia, pacific Coast highway

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Strong start; I liked this album less as it progressed. Musicality was sacrificed for distortion. 6/10.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Catholic block

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

This was a pretty canonical Sonic Youth album to me. A few with great hooks and a few experimental noise songs that I won't revisit. Honestly they're a band I feel I should like more, but have to wade through a lot of stuff before I can pick out my favorite tracks.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

I liked the other sonic youth album more; just had it yesterday. Maybe I was just in a different mood then lol. This one had much more screechy noise, too much, but was still good at parts.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Pretty sweet. I don't think I've ever actually listened to Sonic Youth before but I'd check this our again.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Not my favorite SY album, a quasi-thematic album that goes from okay to pretty darn good by the end. 3.5/5.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

A real cacophony of Art-noise here. But there’s no Teenage Riot, Dirty Boots or Kool Thing on this album to hang onto. Some of the experimental noodles are very interesting but this album doesn’t spark as much joy in me as some of their other albums such as Goo and Daydream Nation which I gave both 4s so this is a 3.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

As this is our 4th Sonic Youth Album, I'm noticing that each has (for me) one epic track, one that I'll want to listen too when I'm on my bicycle trainer, one "Kool Thing". On this album the song that stands out for me is "Catholic Block" even though it seems to be "Schizophrenia" for the rest of the world. I like that one too. After that 1-2 punch, it's a pretty decent album. I'm getting a bit tired of the one minute extended endings, but I guess it's their (his) signature move.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

The first song sounds a little mellow for these guys but by the second song things were much more Sonic Youth like. Par for the course for these lads.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Not bad

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

I should have always liked Sonic Youth, they are right in the middle of everything I really enjoy. I never really got it though. Listening to this I suddenly understood why people keep telling me I'll love them. Maybe it's the timing but something clicked on this listen and I loved some of the tracks. There were others that were just too distorted for me, but overall I'm happy I finally 'get' the Sonic Youth thing.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

5/10 Best Song - Catholic Block

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Tue May 17 2022
3

Группа, которая опередила свое время и заложила основу для будущих инди-рок групп. Для своего времени однозначно заслуживающий внимания альбом. Stereo Sanctity и сейчас замечательно звучит. В остальном, время все же нанесло отпечаток и многие последователи значительно углубили идеи Sonic Youth. Рекомендую как веху истории развития инди. Как обязательное к прослушиванию в своей жизни если вы не поклонник жанра - скорее не рекомендую. 6 из 10.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Je ne m'exprimerai plus sur le groupe Sonic Youth par peur d'être censuré.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

C'est toujours intéressant de réécouter du Sonic Youth après les avoir connus à l'âge adultes avec les Sonics.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

EARLY Sonic Youth, there were a couple tracks I liked

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Rough around the edges (in a good way), an enjoyable listen, although no real standout tracks.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

för många sonic youth-album

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Okay. Not a favorite.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

I really like a lot of Sonic Youth's over albums but for some reason this one just doesn't work for me

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Pretty good, though my 5th Sonic Youth Album so I'm getting a bit tired of them!

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

6/10. Liked this way better than goo or whatever it was called.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Our second from Sonic Youth I believe. I like this one more than the first, but not by too much. Started out very strong with two tracks that immediately caught my ear, but it loosened its grip on me and didn't regain it. The rest of the album drifted by me unfortunately. But what I heard was still decent, so I can't knock it as much as my own attention span. The strength of those openers is enough that I would give this another chance. Favorite tracks: Schizophrenia, Catholic Block. Album art: I like this one a lot. It's a mini collage, almost a mood board kind of thing. Pictures of cities, cows, Saturn, and a naked baby. Guess Nirvana weren't the original sickos. 3/5

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Good but felt really short. Seemed it like was over right after I started. Listened to it again though.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

yep, it's sonic youth. so much influence on music made since

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

This is art. It was a first listen for me, I’m a fan of a few of their later albums which I think are an easier listen. Sister is what I expected, it’s a group of confident in who they are and what they are trying to create,testing musical boundaries to see what works, and it does work. It’s cool, in the way that more conservative music tastes would not think it should ever make it onto a record. It broadens the mind. I prefer their later stuff but this was enlightening.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

I feel like I'm not quite cool enough to "get" Sonic Youth. I appreciate that they produce some interesting sounds and their innovative use of the guitar, but at the same time it sounds a bit like noise to me. This album is maybe a bit more accessible than other stuff I've heard from them. At best, some of their songs sound like PJ Harvey. 3 stars.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Rock guitarrero, sucio, con reminiscencias de grunge. Un tanto plano, a pesar del ritmo y el estilo

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Feels unnecessarily discordant and knotty in places, and never quite returns to the very high standard of the opening cut, "Schizophrenia." Relentlessly tough and dark art rock, this is far from their best (or biggest) work.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

These guys use the coolest dissonant jagged chords. Solid album, listened to a bunch of times. Not something I'd normally think to put on, but good.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

3.5

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

2.75/5

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Mon Sep 21 2020
2

It seemed like generic rock/alternative music to me. I didn't really connect with the sounds or the lyrics and I couldn't find a deeper meaning to most of it. Overall not my favorite kind of music.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Not great, I find it to be forgettable.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

This was a struggle

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Sat Jan 16 2021
2

I can understand that some people like it. A very interesting historical album that was very important in the world of indie (rock).

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Meh

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

No, definitivamente el Noise no es lo mío y me falta capacidad para apreciarlo. Además, en algunas canciones hacen una voz aguada y pusilánime que contrasta demasiado con el acompañaiento.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
2

not my vibe

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

I just don't think I get Sonic Youth.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
2

It's not bad, but it's not my taste

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

This album is all over the place. Some of it I’d consider decent, if a little bit clunky. Like a high school garage band. That part has me in the three star range. But then you get into the droning single sustained sound that makes you feel like all but one member is on a cigarette break. That’s solid 1/2 star territory (depending on the sound). I’ve had the urge to skip to the next track frequently. This could be the most masterful work lyrically but I have no idea what they’re saying so I’d never know. This would be 3/10. So I’ll round it to 2 as it isn’t quite down with the one star stuff.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Zu viel Lärm, zu wenig Abwechslung

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Mon Mar 15 2021
2

Pas tres musical.. je n’ai pas tout ecoute. 2.75*

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

Not a fan

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Not really my thing. Quite dreary.

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Tue May 18 2021
2

not a big fan

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Gong.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Een dag later vind ik het nog steeds geen fijne muziek.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

It’s alright

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

Meh.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

All just kinda ran together and wasn't super compelling. Little disappointed - was looking forward to this after reading the wikipedia

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Just okay.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

Same old same old - another sonic youth album that left me cold and unconvinced what the fuss is

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

Sister is not with out its moments - white cross for example- but in general the whole album sound like the noise the instrument continues to make once a band have dropped them on the floor and walked offstage. The effort Sonic Youth put into playing badly is almost admirable, and I see what they’re doing with the whole bleak, disenchanted thing, but it’s just not for me. All the best though.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

Once again, not my bag. I can understand the cultural importance of Sonic Youth but can't say I'll be returning to their music any time soon.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

I’ve heard of the band but I just thought the album was average nothing that brings me back to listen more than once

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

Better than dirty but still wouldn't recommend this band to anyone.

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Sat May 15 2021
2

The first two songs are nice, the rest is noisy - the annoying type of noisy :(

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

Starts with that one good song then it's a bit meh

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Tue Jun 22 2021
2

Ok

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

Second sonic youth in three days. Did not enjoy this album

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

Garage band performance art. Not as annoying as Daydream Nation but somehow still worse.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
2

A couple of songs started like they were gonna be good and then shat themselves.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
2

Over rated racket.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

WHY IS THERE ANOTHER SONIC YOUTH ALBUM ON THIS LIST?!?! This band is atrocious. Just noise disguised as "music."

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Wed Sep 29 2021
2

This album exemplifies Sonic Youth's barrage of nervous, negative energy, and I don’t like it. There were moments that I liked, but those moments were fewer than I hoped.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

Rock alternativo bastante tostón.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
2

Not the time for this one

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Rock alternativo. Punk. Extraño.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

On the face of it this is just dissonant noise and comes across as messy. I suspect repeated listening would uncover something deeper. Unlikely to go there.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
2

it’s one fat mass. i like the vibes but not easy to listen to. might listen again

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

First song, solid. The rest had their moments of pure WTF. 2.5

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

Meh.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

Yeah way too noisy for me to enjoy

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Mon Feb 14 2022
2

Listened to this earlier today and I do believe that I have forgotten every single last thing about it. It can't have been objectionable, but it sure wasn't memorable.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

Well that was disappointing. Just noise.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

Not my type

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Sun Mar 06 2022
2

Didn’t really enjoy it, feel like I have a love hate relationship with sonic youth sometimes 4/10

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