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Daydream Nation

Sonic Youth

1988

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Daydream Nation

Rating

3.3

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While I'm a fan of Sonic Youth in theory, this one didn't do it for me. It was very experimental and... noisy. Just really noisy. Not very enjoyable to listen to. That said, I can ABSOLUTELY hear the foundations of a hundred other bands in this one album. It's a critical album to the american music scene. Just not one I'd want to listen to on a regular basis. It does earn bonus points for having several William Gibson allusions including a whole song inspired by Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy. Not enough to lift it past a 3, though. Did I mention it was noisy? It's just so damn noisy...

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5

Dead good innit.

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5

I could listen to the intro to teenage riot for probably a solid hour.

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5

hold on to your butts

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5

Nothing like another excuse to listen to this unparalleled collection of 80's alternative rock. I've listened to a lot of Sonic Youth, and they're really in a league of their own - their music ranges from the insanely catchy to absolutely deranged and borderline unlistenable, and I feel they found the perfect balance of the two on 'Daydream Nation'. With that said, I will caution that the first song on this album is, at least in my opinion, far and away the best song on the album, the best song Sonic Youth ever wrote, and one of my all-time favourite songs in general. The hazy dream-pop-y intro, the relentless energy and drive, Thurston's vocals - it's just a brilliant accomplishment of a track. With that said, it's worth sticking around - you get a lot more of the band's tendency towards the more experimental later on in the album - distortion-heavy breakdowns and weird tunings are evident on such tracks as 'Total Trash' and 'Rain King', but at the end of the day, each of these tracks is enjoyable in its own way.

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Uninspiring and frankly boring. Heard of this band but luckily I never listened before and I won't again. Kind of like deep sea fishing. Only need one go to know it's not for you. And I appreciate that.

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1

Why so much random guitar distortion? Why the voices so far away? Sounds like a demo or live recording. Not really my thing I guess.

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5

Possibly the greatest album of the 1980s. This sprawling record is expansive, unsettling, ponderous, noisy, and driving. Sonic Youth. This album has had an immeasurable influence on grunge, indie, DIY, etc. which continues to this day.

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5

Something of a masterpiece. It starts off with not only one of the best opening songs on any album, but arguably the best Sonic Youth song, period. This is the alternative album you're looking for. The one where Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and company put everything together and were so prolific they had enough gems to merit a double album. And this things takes you on a freaking journey. Sonic Youth might be like good scotch in that they're something of an acquired taste, but once you're into them, you're all in. Look no further to hear why Kurt Cobain and several others were so inspired by Sonic Youth. Just say yes.

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Sonic Youth read some William Gibson novels, dropped some acid, and made a noisy, distortion-heavy, socially conscious album. It sounds exactly like you might expect. An album you have to listen to more than once, or you'll miss a ton. Best track: Candle

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4

I really liked this album more than I thought. You could hear the punk influence in a lot of songs, which was of course distorted and experimented with. I preferred Kim's songs, but thought Teen Age Riot was a great opener. Despite it's long songs, I was engaged the whole time. Really enjoyed this and of course, bonus points for half the name coming from Fred 'Sonic' Smith of MC5. Very cool homage.

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4

Moody, noisey and cool. Can hear where lots of bands have drawn influence like Slint, Pavement Car Seat Headrest etc. Seems like the very early days of dad rock without actually being dad rock. Highlights are The Sprawl (love the spoken word) and Eric's Trip.

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4

To me this is where Sonic Youth really start to shine. Their songs got more expansive and yet feel more focused and infectious than before. Perhaps it was the pressure of the higher dollar studio time? I love them most when they give their songs room to breathe with extended instrumental passages. Kinda punk-prog. I'm also a fan of the jam to song method they developed these songs with. Perfect balance of capturing that wild vitality but refining it into something more structured.

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4

This classic guitar-grinding, beat-driving, angst-spilling, iron-pumping album is not for the faint of heart or ear! It always gets under my skin and triggers fist pumps of rebellion and release!

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4

Came into this album thinking Sonic Youth was a pretentious band. Came out of listening to this album thinking they are a pretentious band that is also very good. I watched the documentary, 1991: The Year Punk Broke, about Sonic Youth and other bands of that era after listening to this, and boy is Thurston Moore a dickhead. Also, I read they would bring upwards of 50 guitars to a gig because of all the funky tuning and modifications they would do. I mean I'm all for experimentation but give me a break. Roasting aside, I did really like this album. The songwriting seemed strong throughout and I read that some of it was inspired by The Neuromancer, which I'm currently reading, so that got me geeked. The most impressive thing to me though was the guitar on this album! It shred of course, and even the droning noise rock bits on the outros of a lot of tracks felt interesting to me and not too overindulgent. As eye roll as it may be, the modifications to the actual hardware of the guitars and alternative playing styles made for some really interesting sounds. A sound that seems to have been a blueprint for so so many indie bands in the 2000s and 2010s, which made this seem a little less fresh to me than I'm sure it was at the time. I really liked "Teenage Riot," but I think I liked the Kim Gordon songs more because again, too cool, disinterested sounding indie white guy has been beat to death. I do think Sonic Youth contributed a lot to modern rock sensibilities and I can see myself exploring their discography further.

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4

Love the guitar through most of this album. Lyrics and vocals are average and tend to break my focus when they take center stage on the song. Caught myself thinking this part sounds like XYZ band a couple times, which I realized it was actually just that band sounding like Sonic Youth which was a cool realization.

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4

It ebbs and flows from high energy to a more calm trance like rock. Heavy experimentation occurs throughout. This is a very good album.

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4

I know this band a bit but never listened to an album. I get that some will say it's noise. I agree it's noise but I like it anyway.  Teen Age Riot kicks off the festivities in style and is as close as they  get to a song that people without a deranged taste in music might like. Total Trash  isn't in that user friendly zone. It's noise but it's meant to be noise. They are playing fucked up sounding guitars on purpose to create "noise art". One minute I get it and the next minute I say "C'mon".  It comes so close to going over the edge and landing in a cesspool of noise that can't be listened to  but, imo, it doesn't go over that edge.  I realize 70 minutes is a lot of any band in one sitting. I surprisingly didn't do my first "K - how much is left?" time check until midway through the trilogy.  . . . and I'm 60 for christ's sake. Full transparency: I tapped out 30 secs into when Eliminator Jr.  I like these guys and wish I had listened to their albums years ago.

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3

I love some Sonic Youth songs and I hate others. Really weird.

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3

For some reason I didn't enjoy this one as the previous Sonic Youth albums. I think I like the female vocalist more than the guy. It got a little better as it went on. I like the long noisy instrumental at the end of The Spawl, for example. It sounds very mid 90s post-punk so I guess at 88' they maybe defined this sound? With more heavy distortion front-and-center, 'Cross the Breeze would sound like a metal song interestingly. Lyrically it feels a bit juvenile, very HS writing feeling. I will say this album has quite a range of styles in terms of instrumentation and it's all interesting to me. 3.5 down to 3.

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3

One of those albums that I'm supposed to like (a man of such discerning musical taste!) but have never got into. Some decent tracks but the amount of reverb always gives the feel of style over substance, but its interesting enough to keep my attention. Never been that keen on the vocal on some of the tracks. Having said that a solid and probably quite influential album. Highlights: Teenage Riot, Hey Joni, Kissability

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3

Great in places, but not the whole album

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Influential but doesn’t quite do it for me

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I didn’t stop listening to it on the way there, but it wasn’t particularly noteable.

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They're a band who's reputation is entirely build on other musicians saying they're great. But it largely sounds like uncrafted noise... and I guess there's something to be said for that. Regardless, this will be my first and last listen.

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After rating one of the other Sonic Youth albums we've gotten so far 1 star and another one 4 stars, my expectations for this one were pretty uncertain. Unfortunately, this one is a major dung heap again. It's just chaotic noise to me.

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eh, boring.

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5

One of my favourite albums of the decade, a truly satisfying double LP. Also possibly the only actual rock band of the era I care about.

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5

Наконец-то что-то охуенное и не скучное.

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5

pretty gooooooooood. reminded me of the pixies.

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5

hell yeah.

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5

Amazing album. Want to dig in to more of their catalog now.

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5

Really good. Top 2/3 SY album for sure. Thurston Moore + Lee Ranaldo guitar sound is amazing. 9-10/10 1. Teenage Riot 2. The Sprawl 3. Total Trash

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5

This managed to take many of my favorite aspects of music and bundle them all together in a neat little package.

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5

Love sonic youth haven't listened in a while was cool to hear again. Kim songs are a coin flip for me. Record holds up.

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5

Loved this album. I think I enjoyed this even more than Goo!

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5

No lo he escuchado, pero Sonic Youth me gusta.

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5

Brilliant album!

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5

This feels so weighty but never collapses or bores. Pretty impressive

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5

Insane

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5

A masterpiece.

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5

This is definitely a familiar album for me. My brother introduced me to the more experimental sounds of Sonic Youth in high school and it has paved the way for my love of indie rock which is where I dwell most often.

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5

Classic

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5

Qué voy a decir. Uno de los discos de mi vida.

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5

Love it - have had for many years so its a 9/10 from me

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5

I see why this is such a classic. I think I still like Goo better, but this is noisy punky alt rock in rare form

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5

Escuchar loco

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5

Raw sound. Can see where the emulation of others comes in. Good songwriting.

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5

Having heard the name Sonic Youth before, I expected a lot of dissonant jangly noise, and it IS that, but weirdly, I like it? I like it a lot. I think this would fall under the genre “Shoegaze”, but it’s vastly more enjoyable to my ear than Dinosaur Jr. I will probably add this to my regular rota.

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5

Stevig gitaarwerk, lange instrumentale stukken, veel variatie in tempo. Goed album!

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5

Meilenstein! Ganz Groß!

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5

один из лучших их Альбомов у них

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5

Aunque en mi lista personal le di un 5, le voy a dar un 4. No venga, un 5.

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5

ну ваще зашло, никак не мог взять их и послушать и тут залетели в уши прям идеально

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5

Hot damn this one is a banger. I have liked everything from Sonic Youth I’ve heard in the past, but this whole album takes it to another level.

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5

Epic. A classic. There are the obviously hooky bits, like Teen Age Riot, and there are grating that parts begin to sound perfect too with repeated listens. One of my favourite albums ever.

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5

Possibly Sonic's best

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5

Recommended for a friend almost ten years ago. I consider it a fundamental of Sonic Youth. I feel it like a super natural progression from the noisiness of Sister. Over here you can find it as well but in a much worked way, it's not noise because of it rather than be with a purpose.

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5

Just the most lost-sounding album in the world; distant vocals amid swirling guitars. Occasionally a little too discordant, but impressive and influential overall.

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5

Love this album. Was going to give four stars since this is a classic, but on this listen I’m unfortunately feeling the runtimes of several tracks. Then Thurston Moore sang “there he goes again, my magic monkey friend” and the perfect score restored itself.

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5

This album in particular is so immensely influential, you can hear it from the very start. The influence can still be heard in music released nowadays. It's noisy, unrelenting, and unapologetically experimental.

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5

everything, even the catchiest hooks, are drowned and enveloped in a layer of noisy fuzz, thumping toms and crashing cymbals. It creates a really cool, edgy sound that you'll hear ripple throughout alt rock during the 90s. Sonic Youth hit the right balance of playful and dark. Some of these riffs sound almost like metal riffs, and then some boarder on pop punk and indie. The vocal melodies toe this line as well with grunt punk shouts and more welcoming bright vocal melodies. Whether it's angry or upbeat, there's always a relentless energy that is at the core of every track. This album is long as hell, but never ever stops moving; it's constantly propelling forward with noise and drums and riffs and raw, kinetic punk soul - and that can probably be attributed to the post-punk present here. It's relentless angsty, but approaches it in a unique and artistic way.

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5

Já conhecia e adoro

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5

An album that makes me wonder if 'alternative' music still exists. How did a band like Sonic Youth become so massive and influential and could it ever happen these days for a band that sounds like this?

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5

Teen Age Riot is one of the best opening tracks of all time, it situates the listener perfectly for what's to come on an album of hefty tracks. I love the flow and progression throughout, it all melds together so brilliantly. Favourite SY album to date. To agree with another listener, Thurston Moore is just such a dickhead. I have to attribute most of the band's success to Kim to be at peace with my listening experience; she's a goddess and a saint for putting up with Moore's shit as long as she did. Amazing album, so influential and impactful on a lot of bands I love. I adore this one.

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5

Really great. Their fuzzed guitars create some immersive soundscapes. I felt hypnotized at times, which is something I quite like out of music. Sort of a punky mix between Joy Division and the Velvet Underground, perhaps? This is the kind of album one could have a nice dissociative episode to.

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5

Even the first song-Teenage Riot- deserves 10 stars.

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5

Seminal album from one of the most intriguing bands in the last 40 years. I remember fondly discovering this work during my teenager years, listening to Teenage Riot and Silver Rocket nonstop, talking to my friends about it. No wonder why it is here!

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5

Dig it. Never really checked them out for whatever reason but the guitars are just killer

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5

I don’t know, shit like this hits some kind of sweet spot for me like this is some weird shit but I can’t help loving it, 10/10 album

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5

I remember I didn't care for this album until I listened to it a second time. A revolution in alternative rock and just music in general, bringing the "no-wave" sensibilities and anti-authority attitudes out of the underground, and creating a masterpiece of distortion. Although he is a musical god to many, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, and Steve Shelley were the pantheon to people like Kurt Cobain as they stood for music which was powerful yet uncompromising. In all honesty, the record speaks in gibberish ninety percent of the time but I know it stands against consumerist sexist culture and that's enough. Thurston lays it all out in the first track: the world would be awesome if J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. was the president. If that sounds simple to you, fuck you.

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5

It takes a Teenaged Riot to get me out of bed. The most accessible Sonic Youth album.

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5

It's noisy, driving rock, but I can listen to over and over again. This is just a great album and probably Sonic Youth's best. Although everytime I listen to Sonic Youth I can hear Ellen Page telling Jason Bateman that "Sonic Youth is just noise!"

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5

My first introduction to Sonic Youth was the Kool Thing video on 120 min, just loved the song and like any 18 year old boy I fell in love with Kim Gordon too. Not long after I checked out Daydream Nation and yeah just a great album. Probably the only one but I wish Teenage Riot was 20 mins long, I can listen that song forever.

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5

I owned Experimental Jet Set and Dirty from back in the day, and I am glad to see that their sound hadn't changed. I enjoyed this album, as they are all journey's through sound. Loved it!

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5

An album requiring the listener to meditate on it, Daydream Nation does have the courtesy to indicate that it takes time to appreciate it fully. Mind, does such effort compensate generously. Sonic Youth became the Brian Eno of US alternative rock, in that they occupied a role of in-house philosophers, figures whose experiments and theorising plotted much of the landscape for many who would follow. Rock had investigated dissonant, disjointed guitars before (to exhaustion and nausea with Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music), but it was Sonic Youth who summarised it into a template for your standard 90s alt-rock weasels. Sonic Youth were also one of the biggest proponents of a genreless approach to music that embraced the high, low and middlebrow, rejecting those labels as unconducive to a truly explorative love of music. Sonic Youth had no qualms mixing John Cage, Albert Ayler, Led Zeppelin, the Carpenters, Suicide, Minor Threat, Madonna and KRS-One. Now, like Eno, this seems more driven by intellectual rather than emotional concerns. However, like Eno, they had good heads, so criticising them for that seems slightly churlish, even though someone could legitimately say their intellectualism is why Sonic Youth gives off too much of a chill for them. Another consequence of this is that someone who claims Sonic Youth to be their favourite band is hopelessly pretentious. Still, Sonic Youth have been warranted critical faves since they developed their approach in the early 80s. With Daydream Nation, their most celebrated album, Sonic Youth managed to place simultaneously one foot in the vanguard and the other in the relative mainstream. So gnarled guitars and R.E.M. melodies, basically. Now, Daydream Nation partially suffers from the diluting effects of every Sonny-Jim subsequently pilfering their innovations (which, in fairness, Sonic Youth would acknowledge resulted partially from their own purloinments). This perversely is in scale with their increased ambition for this album; when you break through, you want to hear everywhere the noise you pioneered, especially when others copy you. A double album made for a bit more dosh than their previous records, Daydream Nation is quite the troughful to nosh through in one visit. So yes, once again it's our old pal "rewards repeated listenings". The initial hearing may prove samey, but later the nuances will chime through. That aspect underscores the delightful paradox of this album: whilst ostensibly an uncompromising, punk-infused hard rocker, the real delights are in the subtleties, the details. Now, as it's a double, the disinclined listener won't be arsed to devote the time to comprehend it, and even the well-disposed may feel their joints start to itch at the length. But if you want it to persuade you, you'll find its disparately fluttering eyelashes will make you buy it a drink or five.

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4

Lite ojämn och tappar mot slutet, men dom bra låtarna är riktigt bra.

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4

Sonic jams.. sonic youth; the sounds of the disenfranchised youth.. with guitar pedals

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4

1/8 I was judging them as another generic rock band for the first few tracks, then they went crazy for the rest of the album. Really talented group. Standout Tracks: The Sprawl, Eric's Trip, Rain King, Kissability, A) the Wonder, B) Hyperstation, Z) Eliminator Jr.

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4

Loved this shit esp teenage riot. Good shit

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4

Noisy

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4

This is my 3rd time listening to this album and it's finally clicked for me. Really good stuff here.

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4

Really enjoyable. Clear influence on all alternative music since.

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4

Good tunes good album classic punk rock stuff. Nothing too memorable though

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4

NIce

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4

Great album. This is a special one.

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4

Loved it

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4

Sad I missed this band growing up. This was my first time listening to this album. It's beautiful but I think it's a little too '90s for me to really get into now

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4

It's been a while since I've listened to this and I found I liked it better than Goo this time around.

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4

Wasn’t struck by the start of this album, but the back half really stood out! I think this suffers from a bit of ‘I’ve heard so many bands try to imitate this sound that hearing this now feels watered down’? Trying to combat that, I really like the shifting vibes and and vocalists and definitely want to give this album more time and more rotations!

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4

Great album, love the guitar and drum work.

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4

Love the female/male vocal interplay. minimalist fuzz. Birth of shoegaze. saw them play this album all the way through in Oakland. Twas excellent! Punk of Silver Rocket makes me want to jump! Libertines got a lot of influence from this.

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4

The noise!

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4

Cool vibe

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4

Can see the influences behind a lot of music I like I this. Definitely an album to return to, was quite long though. Loved the album closer.

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4

4/5

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4

It was good but repetitive

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4

A glorious racket!

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4

Teenage Riot and Silver Rocket are such good songs and the only 2 I know on this album, but wasn't expecting the rest to be so compelling. It is noisy as expected, but also melodic. Like it. Love those surprise little outros on songs - such an adventure

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4

Been meaning to check this band out for a while. This album was decent.

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4

I can definitely see why this album is on those list even if I didn’t love every song on it. There’s a lot of interesting stuff that I will definitely come back to. Total Trash descends into madness and I love it. There’s a lot of muddy noisy stuff but there are also some nice riffs like the riff on Candle and I enjoy most of it. I did find some of the album forgettable and some of the vocals to be a bit annoying at times (like on Z) Eliminator, Jr.). Overall an enjoyable listen. Favorite songs: Teen Age Riot, Total Trash, Candle, Rain King, Kissability, B) Hyperstation Least favorite songs: The Sprawl, Z) Eliminator, Jr. Decent 8/10

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4

The perfect album when what you’re seeking is a bit of a jangly, hectic mix of fuzz and discordant melody.

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4

Bom disco, dá pra ver a influência q causou em vários outros de rock dos anos 2000.

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4

good stuff :)

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4

Fantastic album! Been a favorite for a long time.

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4

loved it. really enjoyable, definitely a continuation of what REM started with jangle guitar college radio music.

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4

Another band I’d meant to listen to for years but never did. I wish I had! Though maybe it wasn’t the right time? Anyway, I dug this a lot.

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4

UFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF Najbliže moguće petardi.

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Bend u kojeg sam dosta vremena uložio da mi kliknu. Ovaj klasik od albuma, ma koliki bio ipak nije najbolji njihov IMHO, ali naravno veoma je kvalitetan, glasan, prljav i sirov. Dosta dobar album.

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Musicalmente è un disco che mi piace moltissimo, non connetto completamente con il cantato maschile ma è l’unico problema.

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4

Very excellent!! Love this band and this album goes offff

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4

Not my usual flavor, but I really enjoyed this.

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4

Discordant, unnerving, and awesome.

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Classic.

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Love it. It has a jam like feel to it. A diverse range of guitar tones, and dissonant chords, creating a sense of urgency and tension, interspersed with small sections of release. A genuine sense of frustration in the vocals, perfectly carried by the band

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45. NGJIRBGHERJBGDHJG VFEWHJVKBEHFJVB HKHVJ K FHB GHWS WE RIOT MotA: The Sprawl "You're it"

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copado

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I've not really listened to much Sonic Youth, and always felt vaguely guilty about that hole in my listening. This was great! A noisier, harsher Pavement (or rather, Pavement are a quieter, gentler Sonic Youth). I can definitely see myself bumping this up to 5 stars with more familiarity... Fave track - "Trilogy", for sprawling grandeur. "Teen Age Riot" is a tune, too....

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If I’m being completely honest I don’t think I’ve ever been cool enough to entirely get this band. But I’ve always admired them and I can live with that. Really liked that “candle” song!

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De lo muy poco que conozco de Sonic Youth, este de me ha hecho el mejor disco. Pese a que sigue siendo música un poco difícil para mí y además es un disco particularmente largo, se pueden notar mucho más las habilidades de composición, uso de voces y arreglos que en los discos más cargados al noise.

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No sé si vaya a salir el album Goo, por un lado es el que se me hace mejor disco de Sonic Youth, por otro en mi opinión 3 discos en la lista serían demasiado (a pesar de que personalmente me gusten mucho). A diferencia del disco anterior aquí ya se sienten con más forma, a pesar de todavía tener mucho noise rock ya hay canciones mucho más formadas y melódicas y se sienten como una banda aun más afianzada. Lo que quizá me llama más la atención es la cantidad de influencia que se nota en este disco y se verá reflejada en estilos más adelante dentro del indie rock, screamo y bastantes más. Quizá aquí es donde entra el pero que sí siento que se le puede poner al disco y que creo es similar al anterior que nos tocó de ellos. Es un disco que todavía tiene bastante ruido; un ruido meticulosamente creado, variado y con sentido pero que resulta en un album que no puedes realmente solo poner de fondo y disfrutar poniendo atención a medias. Es un disco que te demanda atención, que si le das chance y te encuentras ese tiempo para ponerlo y dejarte embeber y llevar a la "zona" simplemente hace clic y te lleva a un viaje muy interesante. Quizá es un conjunto de sinapsis que cada quién tiene relacionadas con ciertos estilos musicales, pero en mi caso este disco hace ese clic mencionado y simplemente funciona; estoy seguro que habrá muchos que no importa cuanto lo escucharan incluso intentando centrar su atención les seguiría sonando a un sonido indistinto como si estuvieran en un centro comercial atiborrado. A lo que va esto es que aunque me gusta tanto el disco tampoco puedo dar una recomendación completa en carta blanca a cualquiera; es un disco melindroso y bastante largo, pero que a quien le compagine le va a encantar.

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Yes i like it

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Unexpected grower. The first 3 or 4 tracks are pretty uninspiring but I just seemed to tune into it over time and by the end was enamoured. Interesting to hear bits that clearly inspired other bands. A like rather than a love but a definite moment in time.

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Rebellion!

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Prog post-punk, heavy shoegaze. I’ve had Teenage riot on heavy rotation for years because I just cant get enough of Thurston Moore’s scintillating guitar shredding. The rest of the album is very solid as well if you’re in the mood for some NOIZE!

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This is a pretty good album, but seems a little overlong at 70 minutes. There's probably a pretty mind-blowing 45 minute album in here that gets a little bogged down with some filler.

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Unique vocals, distorted shoegaze tones and artistically liberated cover art. Surprising it was released 1988, as it sounds strikingly similar to something that would be recently dropped from the genre. Sonic Youth was ahead of the game.

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Great 5th Sonic Youth's album. 1988. Alternative rock with noisy sound and a lot of improvisation experiments. I'm a bit tired of listening 70 min of jams (although I like to listen long and conceptual records). So 4/5 stars this time. But I enjoyed it and will listen again.

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revisit this album. too early to form an opinion but I am intrigued

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An album of great bits, spread a bit too thinly. No doubt important in indie rock but just short of being great for me.

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Great New York punk, I can hear Blondie, Talking heads , Television and Richard Hell in this album but the best of them.

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It was as interesting to read about this album's background as it was to listen to it. I had heard of the group before, probably heard a song or two in passing, but never spent any time listening to them. I expected more chaos and screaming, and there is some of that, but not as random-sounding as I thought it would be. Yet another reminder that I have a lot of work to do on removing biases, prejudices, and expectations. Let the music play, as it were. I found the tracks full of well-crafted melody and harmony, they all play fantastically well, and in most songs, I was drawn in quite nicely. Definitely has some punk elements and influences, but there are layers and textures beyond those normally heard in that area. The Wikipedia article says they were known for their improvisations in live performances, and Henry Rollins encouraged them to reflect that in their studio work. Good suggestion. They've got the chops to pull it off really well. Love some of the extended jams they include in some of the tracks. I need to spend more time on this one. I want to get into the lyrics more. Lots of sci-fi and other references, and they even have a song that pays homage both to the tune "Hey Joe" and Joni Mitchell. Hecks, YES. Great album, and I love that it's outside what I normally listen to. It's more...maybe "intense" is the right word? Something like that. Good healthy process here in this project. Love it.

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Good music to really groove to. Perhaps a little edgy, but I like it.

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Is this the nest Sonic Youth album ever? Well I haven't heard them all but I think, front to back I prefer both Sister and Goo, but neither of those albums have Teenage Riot nor Total Trash. 4.5 stars

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cool

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Classic

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Interesting, quite a bit of variety. Some really punky discordant stuff, some mellow. Could see as an influence to grunge and alternative bands like smashing pumpkins

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One of the better ones of this age and genre that i've listened to

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a cracker

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Clear influence on lots of bands I love, but doesn't resonate the same way, probably because I didn't hear it when I was younger. Really enjoyed it, hope to hear more from them

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The sound has attained an expressive maturity unparalleled in the annals of the decade: there are still traces of the experimentalism of the early days, but appropriately camouflaged in balanced harmonies and cleverly referenced to the genres of the rock tradition. The motto is: diversity of style in the unity of the arrangement. The ingredients are basically the same as always: cold and distant vocals, strings stretched to the limit of noise, chaotic interweaving of counterpoints, obsessive chord repetitions, insistent percussiveness, alienation effects and tense atmosphere. (8/10) FT: Total Trash, The Sprawl, Teen Age Rio

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Apart from some of the excessive feedback and a couple of tracks, this album was great to listen to. The trilogy was great, Teen Age Riot is a classic and enjoyed Eric's Song and Cross The Breeze. Enjoyed this more than Goo.

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Cool album. Not perfect from start to finish, but this is the level of post-punk I look for.

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Niet het meest toegankelijke album van Sonic Youth maar dat rusteloze gejaagde geluid van ze staat me wel aan.

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Sonic man

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The influence this album has had on music in the decades that followed is clear when you listen. You can hear the the early sounds of 90s grunge, noise rock, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and multiple others. It's also full of unique chord progressions and sound combinations like dissonance and percussive playing. Very cool album!

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One of the better Sonic Youth albums. Pretty much a classic.

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Strangely, this felt a lot like Nirvana to me. Which is good because I am a big fan of Nirvana. I had heard good things and how influential they were so I listened to one of their albums (I think it was "Goo"? Now I'm not sure.) and I just didn't get it. At the time it seemed like a lot of noise. Listening to this album, I "get" their sound a lot more. It was more enjoyable than I remember. I liked the layering of guitars and how it worked within the songs. Will I go out and seek more of their work? I don't know, but I do respect them a bit more and my stance on them has changed a bit.

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Just recently read the like Gordon book. More of a 3.5 but will definitely listen to more.

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Very good!

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this would be a 4 if i was 19 still

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Sonic Youth's most famous album and quite possibly their best. Teenage Riot is probably their best song but this album is full of classic SY songs. It's not quite a 5 star album for me as SY has some dissonant characteristics thatvI personally find difficult. 4 5 🌟

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Not listened before, but really enjoyed this. Possibly my new favourite Sonic Youth album

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The diversity of sound of Sonic Youth just blows me away. One moment, they are Sex Pistols, the next, Joy Division. Really good album.

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Origins of indie but sooo dissonant, I needed a Motown palette cleanser

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Stenar hårt...

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This is my kind of music. More like this, Robert

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Great

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Probably a 3.5 really, but I'll round up because I like the band and listening to it made me feel 19.

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3/25/22

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Really enjoyed this one actually

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A little slow for my taste

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Yndisleg plata sem er í miklu uppáhaldi og búin að vera í aldarfjórðung eða meira. Annar hár fjarki.

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Mjög góð plata út í gegn, hef náttúrulega hlustað á hana oft í gegnum tíðina. Sumt er kannski acquired taste en hún heldur sér mjög vel.

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Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth (1988) For a first-time listen 34 years after its release, here’s a double LP that merits serious consideration of its creativity and craft. In retrospect, this early Sonic Youth recording sounds like a cross between Neil Young and Nirvana. And, as in the oeuvre of U2’s the Edge, the guitar work here demonstrates that you don’t have to be a rock guitar virtuoso (Hendrix, Allman, Page, Clapton, or Santana) to produce stunningly innovative sound. Now the engineering and mixing on Daydream Nation leave a lot to be desired. Vocals and percussion are hiding behind a curtain of sound. The recording needs more separation and dynamism. Maybe the technology had not yet caught up with the band’s unique electronic palette. Much better in this regard is Sonic Youth’s Washing Machine (1995). Key guitar features here include alternate tunings, sustain, and distortion, all combined with admirable symphonic complexity and disciplined performance. Discord is elevated to the level of expressive artistry. It is not random; it is well constructed tone poetry. And guitarist/songwriter Thurston Moore’s compositional technique very helpfully extends or repeats each experimental phrase long enough so that the listener can grasp it before it moves on to the next quasi-harmonic mystery. It’s very mesmerizing—less like Mozart and more like Anton Bruckner. If you’re looking for lyrical profundity/passion/politics, vocal beauty, memorable melodies, and soul, you won’t find it here. But what you will find is lavishly devised music for the mind. 4/5

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Not a majoy Sonic Youth fan but this was a great album

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It's a daydream worthy album!

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I’m definitely going to want to spend more time with this one but it’s made a strong first impression. I like the mix of melodic guitar and harder blasts of feedback. A lot of these songs are shapeshifters, moving from one mode into the other and sometimes back again. Beautiful album cover too. Highlights: “Teen Age Riot,” “Silver Rocket,” “‘Cross the Breeze,” “Total Trash,” “Candle,” “Kissability,” “Eliminator Jr.”

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I’ve herd goo before but not this one… The album starts with teen age riot, the first minute is completely different as it’s just an intro song. Then forms into a great rock song that guitars wise is a bit of a teen age riot. Silver rocket starts with this creepy guitar riff then explodes into a punk bash only to shatter down half way through. Yeah it’s cool. The lyrics aren’t great on the sprawl but it’s cool instrumentally and 7 mins works well for some songs but not this. Cross the breeze has a killer intro but with this and the last song I’am not sure about the female singers singing though. Eric’s trip is alright it has a cool sound to it but no where near my favourite. Total trash is no where near total trash it’s actually (probably) a favourite and I’am happy we’re back with Thurston moore on vocals as I think he’s the strongest vocalist! I love the fade in at the start of hey Joni only for the punky sonic youth sound to crash in making for a really good song. It’s just cool to be fair. Then is providence it’s one of the better interludes I’ve ever herd but still the worst on the album. Candle is good, like all of them are great intro, the song is probably the one I would want to revisit the most and I do really like it! The drumming on rain king is class honestly. The song is amazing too. Kissability is technically the penultimate track it’s cool I guess but the female vocalist is so much worse in this band. The album ends on a trilogy the first part the wonder is alright just a really typical sonic youth song but there’s nothing bad about that. Then is hyperstation technically the album’s title track. It’s the perfect mix of everything good about sonic youth from the guitars to the drums. Still not my favourite on the album though. Eliminator jr is really bad in comparison not a satisfying ending one bit still like the album though. It’s really good overall, the album does drag but it’s so likeable it doesn’t matter.

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Not quite singalong, but the first album of theirs where noise and melody is in balance.

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My earlier conception of Sonic Youth remains accurate: Worth listening to, stronger with Kim at the front, noisy, accessible. While the female vocals are more spaced out here, the band feels generally more present. The songs seem to get lazy and stretch out, and it suits Sonic Youth's sound. Not quite the rock blueprint I was promised, but it's got a nice suite.

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I know how important this band was. I know how important this record was. I've just never been a big Sonic Youth fan. That being said I liked this record more on this listen then I did 10 years ago. I'm torn on how to rate it.

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I’m definitely a fan of Sonic Youth. Teenage Riot kind of tricks you into thinking it’s going to be departure into more radio friendly indie rock, which it partly is. But there is still plenty of dissonant noise art punk to be had.

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Considering my past experiences with alt-rock, I was not expecting to like this album as much as I did. I may have to attribute it to the more noisy elements that embed each song. Everything feels so raw and noisy. My only flaw with the album is that it can get a little repetitive in nature due in part to the long run time of 1hr 10min. If it were a little shorter, I think I’d like it more. Highlights: Teen Age Riot, Silver Rocket, ‘Cross the Breeze

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Liked this quite a bit more than Dirty. Maybe it was my mood, but I liked the fuzzy electrical energy throughout this album. I would add this to my rotation, especially tracks like "Silver Rocket" "Eric's Trip" and "Providence"

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Love this album! Live, many of the songs on it are even better.

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First time listen for me and pleasantly surprised by the melodic and tuneful nature of this album. Love the tracks that Kim Gordon Sings on. some great obviously influential tracks here, taking on the Mantle of the Talking Heads of intelligent indie post punk. You can hear their influence on Grunge and Math Rock on this album. I love "The Sprawl" "Cross The Breeze" "Total Trash" "Hey Joni" "Candle" & "Kissability" Yep can see why this is on the list just for it's influence on music to come.

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Listened to it on shuffle and got real impressed by the form. Not great but listenable, which is a feat for double albums for me.

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I'd never heard the full album before but I think I've definintely come across something from it before... it's alright, some of it heads towards a lot of the shoegazey metal stuff I don't mind but overall it was a bit long. Come Across was a really good song, but the singing wasn't great. Either way would listen to a few tunes from it again.

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Rock. Nothing really notable about it. Somewhat easy to listen to.

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1988. Key Songs: Teen Age Riot, Candle

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I always only liked some of their songs

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Catchy guitar riffs but very flat album overall with not much progression in sound. Live performances are great

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Better than what I was expecting, some good stuff in there.

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Didn't get to listen to all of it but it was dynamic and varied, which I liked. I also like female singers that don't sing all breathy with baby voices. I need to finish the album!

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Nice indie/psychadelic rock, but sometimes bit lengthy

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Why am I not more excited about Sonic Youth? I know I listened to them back in the day, this is music I like, but.. I've always just been 'meh' on them. I'm forcing myself to give them a studied listen this time. Still, I know they are important for when/where they are in the genre... just no spark for me.

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Not bad, also not memorable.

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Enjoyable besides the obnoxious vocals

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Not really my thing, but there are some fun songs and interesting sounds in here. They definitely have a different sound which is somewhere between alt rock and punk.

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Liking the straight-ahead indie punk thing they do. "The Sprawl" made me think of Parquet Courts, esp that talk-singy thing at the beginning. Started to get long and repetitive about halfway through. Getting worn down by the consistently dire vibe. Really starting to hate it toward the end - if it ended 5 songs ago I might have rated higher.

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Fav song: Eric’s Trip

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"Teenage Riot" is an all-time favorite of mine. Great start to the album but the 2nd half is leaves something to be desired.

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Pretty good. Not a huge fan of the dissonant/noise stuff but I do appreciate some of their music.

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i have mixed feelings. it’s cool but also just sort of sounds like noise? i might have to try some more from them.

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This was okay. Second album by Sonic Youth which is a bit disappointing. I guess there are a number of artist repeats on here which is surprising to me given over a hundred years of the world's music but whatever. It was about the same imo as the last one.

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The drummer was the only thing that really saved it for me

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It’s was fine… some good tracks and some that didn’t do anything for me

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El sonido estaba ahí antes de la explosión del grunge. Les faltaba tal vez una visión más comercial, canciones más cortas por ejemplo. Creo que como artistas les daba igual. Se deja escuchar pero no creo que sea algo para tener en bucle.

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Ok album

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"Teen Age Riot" "Silver Rocket" "Candle" "Providence"

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^ Background Rage, but it has its place v Cruisin' music with an attitude

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Merke, wie wenig ich mich mit dem Gesamtwerk von Sonic Youth auskenne. Wirklich gehört habe ich eigentlich nur die hier, Goo und Dirty. Und würde sie im persönlich Ranking umgekehrt platzieren. Hier gefällt mir (natürlich) Eric‘s Trip am besten, The Sprawl am wenigsten. Weitere Ausführungen spare ich mir für die (hoffentlich kommende) nächste Runde Sonic Youth. Vielleicht bin ich dann noch mehr Fan! 3,4.

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Hatte immer ein wenig Angst vor der SPEX wie auch vor Sonic Youth, dieser vatikanischen Obrigkeit in Sachen Alternative Rock. Zu lange den Bogen gemacht um diese Ikonen und sie nur nebenher wahrgenommen; peripher rangemacht mittels Dekonsruktion dessen, was ich auf der eigenen Suche nach spannender Musik immer als Inspiration genannt bekam und nun teilweise erkennen kann (die Field Recording Ästhetik „Providence“ wird ein Jahrzehnt später ein GY!BE Markenzeichen). Ihr Noise Gewand durchwirkt ein klarer Popfaden. Ich vermute, es gibt sperrigeres Material, aber „Daydream Nation“ will bei allem Gezerre und Gezeter schon sehr gefallen. Ein durchaus erstaunlicher Spagat, aber so viel Ehrfurcht früher herrschte, so wenig Begeisterung kommt nun auf. Wovor man sich als Kind fürchtete, provoziert heut nur ein nachsichtiges Lächeln Furchtlose 3.0

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I find Sonic youth hard to love if I am honest

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pretty good, bit too heavy rock for me

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Su mejor disco, pero aun así me acaba saturando

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A petite dose

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Heavy,gloomy guitar based music, not something I would seek out but glad I listened to it. Interest guitars that remind me of some of Radiohead/smashing pumpkins used in later albums.

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A good racket. I enjoyed it without thinking I'll rush back to it or remembering any tracks in particular. 5.8/10

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Not massively taken by this but liked the energy and interesting song structures.

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I’m familiar with Sonic Youth - primarily the “Dirty” album which I listened to frequently back in the 90s. I like this album - it has a solid sense of urgency - that feeling of REALLY needing to catch that flight, but for some reason there are 300+ kids in band uniforms already in the security line at the airport. Overall recording quality seems kind of muddy, and the album grated on my nerves at times. I like it / I hate it - might have been what they were going for. Favorite track = Rain King. I will listen to Sonic Youth again, but Daydream Nation won’t be my first choice.

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Some interesting stuff in there. Great musicality. A bit avant garde for my liking though.

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its aight

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noisy in a good way

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I enjoyed this more than Goo. I won't say I'm in love, but there's some interesting bits in there...

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Tracks - Teen Age Riot Candle

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Just not into sonic youth these days..lamb chops though

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Every tune sounds almost identical to the one before it. Not necessarily a bad thing but it means nothing stands out...

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Just, but just, crosses that threshold into “nice music”

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This is an album I wish I had as a kid, for sure.

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Can see how it's contributed to the evolution of punk. Punk sounds and beats but much mellower, more melodic. Almost a bit Preoccupations - ish. Enjoyed it but didn't quite feel enough for a 4. 3/5

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Interesting but each track similar to the previous one

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3, solid grunge with a great opener.

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Good for a listen through. Loved the energy, at least in the music. Although many of the songs were indistinguishable. Vocals were generally lazy or spoken which kinda killed the vibe for me. Also could have done without the longer tracks that devolved into distortion and screeching etc.

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In conclusione: Qua sono in seria difficoltà. I Sonic Youth sono praticamente i padri spirituali dell'80% dei gruppi che amo e infatti quando iniziano a fare quei riffetti di chitarra zozzi e disperati io mi sciolgo come se avessi di nuovo sedici anni. Però non è un album di facile ascolto, anzi ho fatto sicuramente fatica, i pezzi come struttura mi sembrano molto "abletoniani": sequenze ripetute per più tempo del dovuto. Però questo gli dà anche quella qualità ipnotica. Il vero punto su cui sono in difficoltà però è il fatto che lo spirito punk mi fa arrivare in modo diverso anche la struttura strascinata. Cioè non è del tipo "non siappiamo scrive" è del tipo "non ce ne frega niente di scrivere secondo i canoni e non ce ne frega niente che a te non te piace", cioè la pesantezza è parte del messaggio artistico, è una pesantezza spontanea e quindi anche comunicativa. Detto questo molti pezzi suonano un po' troppo come uno sfogo personale, per quanto sincero, piuttosto che un genuino tentativo di comunicare. Mi sa che mi vedo costretto a dare un 3 anche se moralmente sarebbe un 4.

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Very aggressively punk rock, enjoyed the first half of the album

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Fun album. Early alternative.

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Bland

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Non ho mai sentito un album dei Sonic Youth per intero, questa era la prima volta. Non mi sono dispiaciuti, ma è come se le mie orecchie siano un po' sature quando si tratta di queste cose. Forse sto invecchiando e sono stanco. Il sound è comunque molto familiare perché indubbiamente hanno influenzato molti gruppi negli anni a venire. Molti dei quali tra i miei preferiti. Li ho trovati molto più sperimentali di quello che mi aspettavo conoscendo solamente le greatest hits. Voto: 3

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Would really give it a 3.5 - 3.75. Good rocking album that wears its influence on 90's grunge on its sleeve. Does it belong on the list? YES Average: ★★★ 1. "Teen Age Riot" ★★★★ 2. "Silver Rocket" ★★★★ 3. "The Sprawl" ★★★ 4. "Cross the Breeze"★★★★★ 5. "Eric's Trip" ★★ 6. "Total Trash" ★★ 7. "Hey Joni" ★★★ 8. "Providence" ★ 9. "Candle" ★★★ 10. "Rain King" ★★★ 11. "Kissability" ★★★ 12. "Trilogy: The Wonder" ★★★ 13. "Trilogy: Hyperstation" ★★★★ 14. "Trilogy: Eliminator Jr." ★★★★

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Really good album…tad too long. Almost 4 stars but I’m going with three

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Not as good as Goo

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Never heard this one before, I liked those rhythm changes and themes but it drags a bit

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Leuk album. Lekker voor in de auto of op een festival.

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Meh, ei silti mitään paskaa.

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It’s just okay.

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All the things I like about Sonic Youth are here, but then there's sort of twice as much as I actually want? I love any band that can make noise entertaining and Sonic Youth has given me some of the best noise I've ever heard. Still, this one does go on a bit.

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Great to listen to for historical reasons but I'd probably need some more time with it to fully appreciate the musicianship. Don't fret, I'm as dissapointed as anyone given how much I was looking forward to listening to this album.

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I've already had Sonic Youth Goo come up earlier, so my reaction to this is similar. I'm not wild about "noise rock", but I see the influence on bands that came later. I like Goo better than this album, but just barely. 3.2/5

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If you're going to be a punk band, keep your songs in the 2-4 minute range. There's no need to "explore" these songs and drag them out to 7-8 minutes. Having said that, the ones the fell around 3 minutes, I actually enjoyed. Hey Joni, Candle, Kissability - pretty good stuff. The other songs were mostly great punk songs, just broken up with a bunch of unnecessary nonsense. I can definitely hear how they influenced 90s punk/rock though - I'll give them that.

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I have a couple sonic youth CDs, bought used well after they were in their prime. I've listened to them here and there but nothing has ever grabbed me. I think this record is consistent with that. This is a band that people assume I love because I'm in FAWNN. Not true. But there are moments. I see this record was made in 1988. That's impressive and refreshing. In the context of all the shit rock music being made in 1988, I'm thankful.

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Moments of greatness, moments of droning that is grating to my ears.

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So, this is our first of 5 Sonic Youth albums! This one reminds me a bit – believe it or not – of Hawkwind, the way they lay down a riff and stay with it for a long time – though Hawkwind had a crisper guitar sound. Lots of dark energy and good lyrics. The lead singer(s) sound at times like Lou Reed and/or Iggy Pop. I would give it a higher mark without the long-drawn-out guitar feedback endings, though I know that’s is their shtick.

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I can totally see why people would enjoy this (I might well have done so myself back when it was released) but it's not for me, I'm afraid.

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So…I gave it 2** initially, which is wrong. But is it a 4****? Maybe not yet for me, could do with more hooks. But interesting and I will listen again.

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Every song almost sounds good.

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Kind of droning one-note. Pretty typical of the genre.

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Quite powerful, but prob won't listen again

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I enjoyed listening to DAYDREAM NATION for the most part. The album combines punk with some catchy pop melodies and a lot of instrumental experimentation. The experimentation sometimes come off great, but there are a number of places where the songs and experiments go on a little too long. Still I did like a lot of the music. Some of the standouts for me were: "Teen Age Riot" - loved the opening and it is catchy "The Sprawl" - especially the ending "Total Trash" - except the ending (experimenting was a little too long) "Candle" - pretty good with some catchy lyrics "B) Hyperstation" - this one is interesting and I think at times would not be among my favorites (along with the other two in the trilogy at the end) -bordering on too much - but I appreciated the odd tunings, lyrics, and crazy sounds they were getting out of their instruments At times I found myself wishing that the distorted, fuzzy guitars were cleaner and let the melodies shine through a bit more. I found the listening experience better on higher-quality headphones than on speakers. The fuzzy guitars came out better and I was able to distinguish more subtle bits of the music. This seemed equally true playing on quality computer monitors, home stereo or car stereo. This album is definitely ambitious and really feels like it was clearing a path for a lot of 90s music. DAYDREAM NATION likely won't become a regular listen for me. Still I very much appreciated the opportunity to make its acquaintance.

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This is a band that I've seen on other people's T-shirts but I've never really listened to. And now I've listened to them. It's not at all that I disliked them. Not at all. But I can't really say that I liked them either. The music is fine but didn't make me feel a lot of feelings: good, bad, or otherwise. The instruments are standard rock band. Songs are melodious but not really pretty. A lot of the singing is more like pitched talking or yelling. And again I'm not saying this is bad, just not for me. Here are the songs that I appreciated: Teen Age Riot, 'Cross the Breeze, Eric's Trip, and Total Trash.

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I think of Sonic Youth as a band that the kool kids were into. I get it, there is a lot of fun in the driving tempos and guitar work. I found myself enjoying quite a bit of the album…but not all of it. Perhaps it is my lack of youth, but the extended instrumental breaks and noise solos were a turn off for me.

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This album is alright, I guess average. It doesn't sound bad, I just feel like most of the songs sound similar and it goes on for 70 minutes.

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Great early grunge sounds supported by solid music throughout but I’m a sucker for vocals and both male/female leads are lacking. Great instrumentals, good variety of sounds, decent garage band lyrics.

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I was surprised how much I liked this album and is another one that was way ahead of its time. The vocals were weak for me and prevented a 4 start rating

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not bad

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Quite heavy on the distortion, would like a little respite every now and then. Anger seems to bleed into the performance, sending decently composed tracks into bustops full of nuns.

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Just too messy and unremarkable to be anything more than average

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Ahead of its time but clearly an inferior album to what they create later in their career.

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Hurtigt, råt, godt! Trods det amerikanske islæt, stadig godt.

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Probably need to come back to this one. It should be up my alley but it just seemed one-note and on the nose. Maybe that's the point. Teenage me would have loved this.

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Interesting sound although a little harsh for my taste

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7/10

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Was okay, not a big fan

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teen age riot is well known but unlike melvyn im not into teens anymore

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Very minimal exposure to Sonic Youth beforehand. Probably better after a few listens.

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Better than I was expecting

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Niet alle nummers zijn even goed, maar over het geheel is dit een van de beter beluisterbare Sonic Youth albums. Hier zijn het nog voor het merendeel echt nummers met een kop en staart, ipv eindeloos gepiel en gefeedback. En ook Kim Gordon's zang is hier nog best te pruimen, in tegenstelling tot het bronstige gehijg en gesteun op latere platen.

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Een hele zit. Hier moet je toch met iets meer aandacht naar luisteren. Dat lukte deze keer niet. Maar voordeel van de twijfel en dus 3 sterren.

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Better than the last Sonic Youth album I had on here (Goo) but not one I can see myself coming back to. Too long to hold my attention. Teen Age Riot is a banger though.

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I feel like I'm right at the intersection between the Velvet Underground and indie bands that followed like Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene. This album is a little too distorted and noisy for my delicate sensibilities, but the melodic instrumental stretches are nice.

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Another difficult one. I feel like Sonic Youth is good for one real killer song on an album...and then the rest? Teen Age Riot is a bit of a bore for the first 80 seconds but it's quite good after that and has everything there is to like about the band - pace changes, off tempos, picking and strumming, distortion and wall of sound all in one. Add in blunt lyrics and the album should be really good. I wanted to like it more, but ultimately it felt too uneven. I'd say I really enjoyed about every third song (The Sprawl, Total Trash, Candle, and The Wonder/Hyperstation - they blended together) but the rest was sort of meh. Maybe the songs were too long (i.e., self-indulgent). I listened to it a bunch of times too, over a week. Super talented but I just couldn't get there. Makes me feel bad as an alternative rock fan but that's my conclusion.

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Sonic Youthin paras ja arvostetuin levy. Vaikka ymmärrän levyn ja bändin suosion, en ole oikein koskaan päässyt täysillä sisälle yhtyeen musiikkiin. Hyvien indierock-kappaleiden seassa on liikaa kokeellista kikkailua. Erityisesti tämä korostuu Kim Gordonin laulamissa kappaleissa. Vaikka levy on parempi kuin edellinen SY listalla, ei tämä edelleenkään nouse suosikkieni joukkoon. Peruskolmonen on kuitenkin ansaittu.

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Tämä oli mininun kirjoissa vähemmän Sonic Youthmainen levy, kuin listalla aiemmin vastaan tulleet. Tuntui vähemmän taiteelliselta/kokeelliselta kevytversiolta.

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Rockin' nerds. Overlong, but still a jam.

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Fine but not one that blows me away

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1,001 albums... I have a troubled relationship with Sonic Youth's middle-class, no-wave rebellion. I did buy Goo at the time and played it an awful lot for a year or two but I've never quite bought into them like many others do. That said, Teenage Riot is a lot of fun even if it sounds a bit like an early New Order track and Kim Gordon, in particular, has some great moments on this album. Overall, even though it outstays its welcome, I enjoyed it a lot more today than I have in the past (I did buy it a long time ago but it's spent most of its life on the shelf). Might dig it out again soon. Then again, might not.

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De va helt bra👍

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Not really my thing. Hard to hum along to. But good as background music while listening to politicians talk.

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This is a pretty good album. I can hear so many different bands that too influence from it as it played. It definitely fits the Jam Band vibe that the recording sessions ended up being. The guitar can be a bit screamy at time and the feedback on some of the songs is not kind on the ears. All in all it doesn't really do that much for me. "Candle" is my favorite song on the album.

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There are a lot of elements that I like about this album, but I think other bands have perfected that sound in my opinion. I like the sound, but its a bit stale to me. Highlights: 1, 3, 12, and 13.

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The nineties landed two years early. Sonic Youth years ahead of their time setting the guitar heavy template with a laid-back soft edged voice, no hair-rock roaring or screaming here. Prescient stuff.

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Nokkur verulega góð lög, en nokkur full strembin fyrir minn einfalda smekk. Heilt yfir skemmtileg, mun hlusta aftur

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3.5

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Never really got into Sonic Youth when i was a *ahem* youth... (i'll get my coat :-) ) Gave them a really good go this time - wanted to give them a chance. yeah, didn't love it. I can see they're great musicians but the whole thing feels, well, 'grunge' and underproduced and woolly. meh!

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Pros: - Really dig the lead singers voice. I'm going to bastardize it by saying it sounds like bands/singers that are way younger / newer but it's the only way I can describe it. It's like punky while also having an approachable sort of Rivers Cuomo type of sound to it. - I don't know what this lyric means but it's funny to hear "Marshall stacks" in a song. This means really big and loud amplifiers in their biggest form/configuration- something that bands like this really loved. "Everybody's coming from the winter vacation Taking in the sun in a exaltation to you You come running in on platform shoes With Marshall stacks to at least just give us a clue" - I really love the spoken word parts (similar to what they do 2 years later on GOO)- like the track "providence". - I love how the second track "Silver Rocket", just stops around the 2 minute mark. It just falls apart. Experimental structure! Cons: Misc:

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A bit too much of a good thing when it comes to the song structures on this one. The grungy wall-of-sound guitar approach means there's plenty to love sonically, but things do tend to blur together with how low the vocals and other instruments sit in the mix.

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They have the 1 song

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I've heard of Sonic Youth many times, but haven't heard their stuff before now. I wasn't really in the mood for this kind of music today, and unfortunately a lot of it didn't connect. The one song that did was excellent though, so I'm going to be generous here and recognize that it's probably a good album that I just wasn't feeling today. Favorite tracks: Providence. Album art: Very simple shot of a candle. I've definitely seen this one around, nice to know what it sounds like. 3/5

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This is mostly pretty good (aside from some intervals of truly intolerable noise garbage) but I’m having a hard time getting past the (yes, it’s getting to be a monotonous refrain with me) egregious over-representation of Sonic Youth on this list. Five albums! This isn’t the Beatles or The Rolling Stones (neither of which I think need 5 albums to be adequately represented, for that matter). There is an awful lot of music in Sonic Youth’s genre space. What a waste of an opportunity to elevate some more obscure offerings.

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Cool

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It was an interesting album with some original stuff

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Drugi raz na liscie material od Sonic Youth, kolejny ktory slucham pierwszy raz, wiec bez uprzedzen i oczekiwan, Daydream Nation z 88 jest piatym studyjnym krazkiem bandy, tym razem jest to o wiele potezniejsze wydanie niz EVOL, bo jest podwojny album z 70 minutowym longplejem, co go zdecydowanie odroznia od szybkiego i chaotycznego pierwszego picka jest budowanie albumu wokol jakiejs mysli przewodniem, ktora jak dla mnie zdradza sie w nawiazaniach do neuromancera, wiec tak jak w ksiazce znajdzie sie miejsce na eskejpizm w inne swiaty, czy to komputrowe, czy narkotykowe, odrzucenia nie tylko zawodow milosnych, ale takze zawodow na plaszczyznie socjalnej, wiec jako fan sci fi czulem sie jak ryba w wodzie podczas tych 70 minut wedrowki po brudnym swiecie przyszlosci, ciekawe czy cos z tego krazka znalazlo sie na OST cyberpunka, bo jesli gierka bylaby tak dobra jak miala byc z zapowiedzi, to widze tutaj kilka solidnych pozycji ktore mozna by bylo przemycic, a ta cala fantastyka podana nadal w dosc punkowej formie, ktora jednak przechodzi juz w indyjskie czy alternatywne rokowanie lat 90, ale nie boi sie jednak eksperymentowac z halasami gitarowymi, bo mocno przesterowane dzwieki sa tym co wyrozniaja instrumentalnie album, a nie brakuje miejsca do ich prezentowania, bo samo nagrywanie mialo forme mocno jamujaca, wiec zdarzaja sie kawalki w ktorych 5 minut z 7 bedzie czysto instrumentalna, ale nadal swietnie budujaca klimat, ktory narzucaja wokalnie, bo jesli chodzi o spiew to glownymi wokalami nadal sa pan Moore i pani Gordon, ale kazdy czlonek jest zlistowany jako lirycysta, nadal o wiele bardziej przypadaja mi meskie wokale na takich nagraniach, ale slychac mocny progress w zenskim wokalu, nie jest to juz takie wycie jak na EVOLU, no moze poza zamykajacym eliminatorem, na ktorym dziki wokal pelen zabojczego erotyzmu eksploduje zamykajac plyte, ktora sluchala sie wyjatkowo dobrze, czy to tylko zasluga dobrych wpomnien po neuromancerze, czy jednak jest to az tak skladna calosc, na plejke dodam openingowego teen age riot i pierwsza czesc trojutworowego endingu krazka, czyli the wonder, dwa pierwsze traki idealnie sie lacza i sa spiewane przez Moora, a wspomniany eliminator eliminuje ten efekt

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I know I’m not a ‘music guy’ and more of a ‘guy who likes music’ because I still listen to Sonic Youth and go “…okay?”

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After like the first two songs, which were great, it became just like the other couple sonic youth albums I’ve gotten. Pretty standard I guess

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Not bad but way too long for the type of music they’re playing

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I am sorry

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Nothing special, but not offensive to the ears either. Just very forgettable hardish rock Struggled to make it to the end.

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Meh

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Oof. Not really a fan. I mean as with most of these albums I could see why it’s important, I see where it influenced a lot of artists after it. It feels like Foo Fighters ripped them off a bit on one of their better tracks. Maybe that Catfish and the Bottlemen song I like too. But most of this album sounded like noise with extra steps.

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Inte för mig. Inte helt uselt, men inget jag kommer lyssna på igen.

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Its ok

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I liked it better than Goo. 2 out of 5

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Preferred Goo over this album. They experimented a lot with discord in this one.

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Not for me

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Started promisingly enough. Reminded me of Ash in parts and I like them. Descended into noise though. A mixed bag.

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Like nearly all SY albums Ive listened to, it just does nothing to me. I wish I liked them, I really do. Feels like the first run through of ideas and not tightened up or built on.

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Not for me

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Decent opener, rest is meh

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Last couple of songs some what redeeming. Just not very interesting, regardless of the influence it's probably had on a lot of music I like.

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Yeah, definitely not 70 minutes interesting.

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Never cared for Sonic Youth. Not even in my youth.

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Too indie for my rock.

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Starts off alright, slowly descends into random noise, 5/10

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I can see why people like this, but I am not those people. Maybe I’m old now but this is definitely the “noise” and “racket” that people have been complaining about through the years. The first song had a mini song in it that I liked. I truly didn’t hate the album but I didn’t like it. Giving it two stars because at this point I’m pretty confused about ratings if I’m being honest.

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Similar to the Kinks album, some good tracks but overall, it's fine but most tracks didn't leave much of an impression Fav: Total Trash, Kissability

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Nup

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Nope. Not a 1 but this is not the right music for me. It's like if punk and grudge had a kid and that kid turned out to be an asshole.

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I can appreciate the experimental nature of this album, but it mostly sounds like noise to me.

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Het album begint voor mij best goed, maar wordt gaandeweg de rit steeds minder interessant voor mij. Ik denk dat dit komt omdat de sound steeds ‘rommeliger’ en meer kenmerken van punk vertonen. Jammer. Het eerste kwart van het album 3/5, daarna 1/5.

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De eerste minuut van dit album is zo wazig dat je bijna geen zin meer hebt om verder te luisteren. Gelukkig komt er daarna verandering en hebben we (een beetje trage) punkrock met een poppie zanglijn. Het tempo gaat snel omhoog bij het eerstvolgende nummer, maar de zanglijn maakt plaats voor een wat meer typische Engelse punkstem; En dat voor een Amerikaanse band, haha. De interesse is nu wel gewekt. Vooral als er ook een vrouwelijke stem ten tonele verschijnt. Het album is verder toch niet heel bijzonder en blijft een beetje op een bepaald niveau hangen. Uiteindelijk is het eerste nummer "Teen Age Riot nog het leukst. **

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Ei

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Couldn't find much to enjoy.

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Some of these songs are pretty fun, until they remember that distortion is an option halfway through the song and just... do that all the time? Can't honestly say that I enjoyed this, but I'll give it 2 stars just for the few songs that aren't distorted to death.

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Oei nee geen fan van. Stem staat me niet aan

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Not for me, very noisey without much to say

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didn't really enjoy

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There were some moments and sounds that I really liked or appreciated (not always the same thing). Sometimes a jarring sound can make you think, "Wow! That's interesting!" but then when it repeats over and over and goes on and on it just can get hard to bear. The songs with Kim Gordon's vocals were much more interesting to me than Thurston Moore's. By the time I got to his monotone "Rain King" (or as I would later see Wikipedia refer to it, "the rarely played 'Rain King'" yay!) with its shrill background I wanted to rip off my ears. I think there are days that a bit of Sonic Youth would be just the thing. There were a couple moments where the music matched my inner negative energy and I got it. But an over hour-long double album of constant dissonance wasn't doing it for me today.

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Disappointing. I was expecting more than a high school battle of the bands, but I suppose I can hear how they've influenced later bands.

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I did not dig it

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Sonic Youth's fifth album is an alternative rock double album containing quite a few long songs. It is highly acclaimed, being considered the band's best album, and also was probably the inspiration for future alternative, punk, and indie rock music in the 90's. This is the perfect example of an American rock band from the 80's, but unfortunately the album did not perform well on the charts at release. I loved the album and recommend it to any fans of rock, especially alternative or indie.

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I expected to like this, but maybe just not in the right mood for it.

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80’er punk rock, undergrund, råt

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nah

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“An honest and thrilling listen because of its musical tunings and anthemic songs about post-irony and confusion-as-sex.” But also boring AF.

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I can hear how so many bands were influenced by the raw, stripped-down sound of Sonic Youth... because to me the band didn't sound like much at all. Everything that came after built upon the blank slate template this band put out with Daydream Nation. Honestly, once I stopped paying strict attention to listening to the album, it was over in a flash. Mostly because all of the songs sounded pretty much the same to me.

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Nope. Not sure how this album made the list. 53M listens on the first song and then a combined 17.3M listens for the rest of the 13 songs.

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Not a big fan, couldn't get through all of this one. I don't dislike the grungy sound, but it all ends up being a bit monotonous

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Not bad. Not my thing. Distorted riffs and shrieks take away from some of their more interesting tracks.

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Some good tunes but overall didn't blow me away.

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Ok

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Sonic Youth's in my cooler. Get out of there!

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Not for me

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Overall didn't care for it. It was weird without being interesting or melodic.

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I liked the first track Teen Age Riot, but then a lot of the album sounded similar. I hate repetition. I also hate noise and feedback and there was way too much of that (like Silver Rocket, The Sprawl, Rain King, and Total Trash - an aptly named song). Oh, and this album is long with its repetition and noise. Giving this a 2 because at least there were moments I liked (Teen Age Riot, Candle), but by the last five songs I just wanted it to end.

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Não é um muito minha vibe, mesmo gostando da banda, não é meu favorito da banda, prefiro outros. Confesso que não tenho muito o que falar sobre, não gostei mas é opinião pessoal, logo, não prestei atenção nele.

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I really didn't like this very much. I'd give it a 2.5. I didn't hate it but it was so noisy and actually pretty boring for me for most of it. Probably was creative but it all blended together for me

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A little too mellow for me

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Seemed a bit confused to me, somewhere between rock, indie and punk. Starts off well with "Teen Age Riot" but goes down hill from there in my opinion and I started to lose interest.

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I liked the textures they put off- it feels ahead of it’s time but I didn’t really like the song structures

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This is definitely a challenging listen. The music isn't melodic, it's stressful and the guitars sounds like they are in pain the entire time. The vocals aren't necessarily pleasant either... it's a noisy, discordant album that i can only give them credit for doing their own thing. There's something in there, but i just don't get it.

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Sonic Youth looks set to be another band I just don't get the hype for. Maybe a few relistens would improve my outlook but nothing about this album was interesting to me. Also, if your fourteen track album has FOUR seven minute tracks then you need to start cutting.

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It felt a LOT better than the first sonic youth album I listened to. However, there were still many "make it stop" moments, so I still didn't like it.

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I just have a hard time enjoying an album that’s half dissonance. This album was a bit more musical than E.V.O.L. but I still had a hard time getting through it.

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I've heard worse albums but I didn't care for the constant dissonance and endless instrumentals.

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There is just nothing in this music that appeals to me. It is a mix of both boring and annoying in turns

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I wouldn't listen to this again but it was fine background music. Nothing really jumped out at me.

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Compared to the last Sonic Youth album I listened to, this one wasn't nearly as unbearable. There were some parts that I thought sounded pretty good, but the whole of the album was still not enjoyable. I'm glad there was less pure noise in songs and more musical sounding elements, though. Favorite track: Teen Age Riot

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Sigh I tried - but very little hooks

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Can't really finish it. Too much noise.

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A younger me would have liked this but found the dissonance quite stressful to listen to. May be different in the right mood, but had to stop halfway through this time

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Nothing special. They were a pretty good concert, however. There were a couple of songs that had a hook to them, but that's about it.

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Post-punk had been done earlier and much, much better.

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So many Sonic Youth albums on this list. I'm not getting it. Maybe they are really talented musicians and it takes someone who knows and understands music to get them. To me, it's just ok. I didn't hate it... actually, I think with time I could start to enjoy it. But, after one day of listening... nothing stood out. 2/5

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I was not a fan of this album. The guitar riffs seemed very generic and monotone. Vocals were not exciting either. Found myself skipping a lot of the songs. I could have sworn I liked whatever other album they had on this list but this one missed the mark for me.

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Just not for me

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Daydream Nation is the third album I have reviewed for this 1001 album list. There is a previous recomendation from Sonic Youth that I haven't had a chance to review yet. This review is the same as for the previous albums. Some of the music is okay, but it doesn't take long for the band to make enough noise and clatter that I dislike what they have recorded. "Cross the Breeze" starts out okay, but once the vocals come in I'm done. I do not like the vocals from Sonic Youth. "Teen Age Riot" was the one track I thought was okay. Daydream Nation isn't terrible, but I did not like this album.

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Cool band name. I gave up after the 3rd song, and that after skipping the first 2.

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Not a huge fan

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Not that bad of an album however I don’t see myself returning to it. It was pretty good with the instrumentals. Some songs I enjoyed more without the singers. Felt like both singers weren’t that great. 5.4/10

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I listened to the radio somenthing of Sonic Youth but It's not the kind of music I like.

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This was truly not for me. Jam band but they don’t like harmony or anything catchy. I guess it was a moment in time but it’s not on my watch.

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this album really is "Total Trash".

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Like punk, but if I wanted to listen to punk I would listen to harder punk. Providence interlude was really cool though

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awful

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Boring grunge, so far.

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ew

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First album I didn't make it through to the end. Not because of time constraints either....

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sorry, but l didn't like this one at at. But I did listen to it.

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I hate Sonic Youth. GRANTED it might be the foundation for a lot of things to come, I just don't give a shit about any of the songs on this album, or the band in general.

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I like to call this genre "sustain guitar depressed teenager music". The album "Peripheral Vision" by Turnover is another honorable case. Anyways: Not my case, this album.

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Rock alternativo. Se me hace pesadísima esta gente...

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Mostly not conducive to IT work for me Noteworthy track: Total Trash

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Un po' tipo gli smashing pumpkins, ma più piacevoli. Non sono male, ma mi dà la sensazione di essere permeato dal messaggio "Siamo giovani e incompresi" che trovo noioso.

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Not a fan at all.

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It’s very rare that I don’t get to the end of an album but I had to turn this off after around 30mins when I saw I wasn’t even half way through. Mostly pretty generic garbage/garage punk but then breaking into complete nonsensical twatery. Deeply unpleasant.

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Not a fan

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Rock alternativo. Se me hace pesadísima esta gente... Un 1.

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Not to everyone's taste, but gave me the feeling of indie rock I missed so dearly.

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Not an album that i would listen to again.

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