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Goo

Sonic Youth

1990

Goo

Album Summary

Goo is the sixth full-length studio album by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released on June 26, 1990 by DGC Records. For this album, the band sought to expand upon its trademark alternating guitar arrangements and the layered sound of their previous album Daydream Nation (1988) with songwriting on that was more topical than past works, exploring themes of female empowerment and pop culture. Coming off the success of Daydream Nation, Nick Sansano returned to engineer Goo, but veteran producer Ron Saint Germain was chosen by Sonic Youth to finish mixing the album following Sansano's dismissal. Goo was a critical and commercial success upon its release, peaking at number 96 on the US Billboard 200, their highest chart position to date. Although it lacked significant radio airplay, its lead single "Kool Thing", a collaborative effort with Public Enemy's Chuck D, reached number seven on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. Since then, Goo has been viewed as one of alternative rock's most important albums, and is considered musically and artistically significant. In 2020, the album was ranked at number 358 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time list.

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3.23

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5359

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Thu Dec 24 2020
4

The album itself isnt that good. Side A is great with Dirty Boots and Kool Thing, but Side B has quite a few duds. Its just not as good as Daydream Nation, Sister or Dirty. Few albums are, though. What, however, is great here, is the album cover. Artwork by Raymond Pettibon. The original image is a paparazzi photograph taken from a 1966 murder trial. In the photo is Maureen Hindley and David Smith who were both key witness in the Moors Murders trial. Maureens sister Myra murdered 5 children and asked David to help bury them. David instead reported his sister-in-law, who got charged with life sentence and the press called her 'the most evil woman in Britain'. Here's the original photo: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ejl3S9aWoAEd-0k?format=jpg&name=small

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Fri Jan 22 2021
1

This is the epitome of art for art's sake. It's so far up it's own ass it has become some kind of bagel. Not catchy, interesting, captivating or moving. It's the type of pretentious garbage I absolutely hate. It charted so poorly because it's bad music. It's a cult band, with an Andy Worhol type of self importance so vulgar I barely call it music. But hey, it's cool to be like "the themes explored really speak to the general malaise of the time...." get fucked. 0/10

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Music to drink a gallon of hot, black coffee and smoke 2 packs. Quintessential Gen X

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Hey, this doesn't suck. It's like Sonic Youth finally discovered the magic elements of "song structure" and "composition" and used those to make an album that wasn't unlistenable bullshit noise. Still not, like, good or anything. But it's not awful and that seems to be the bar for the Sonic Youth albums on this list.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Vous qui fréquentez ce générateur suivez probablement de très près ma progression dans cette liste des 1001. Vous savez dès lors très bien que j'ai donné quatre étoiles à Sonic Youth pour leur album Dirty. Rebelote avec celui-ci.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Goo has *everything*. A punk ode to Karen Carpenter, a fuck-you/come-on feminist anthem, a robot absolutely screlting the name Mildred Pierce, but most importantly it’s got Goo herself. Slay yas goo mama boots

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

Fantastic, blew me away. A masterpiece of noisy alt rock.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

Incredible riffs and catchy ass songs. Just a great alt rock album very fun to listen to. 9/10 for me

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

I have this album cover on a t shirt, so I'd better give it 5 stars.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

When I first came across sonic the hedgehog, all the jizz just got stuck in his spikes. He wasn't the easiest to clean. Made him faster though.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

I thoroughly enjoy this album by Sonic Youth. I would say it is rather Goo-d!

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

I love the start of this album you get a mix of noise, psychedelic, pop mix especially with the female voices starting in the track ‘Tunic’. The album felt very fresh even over 20 years after release, it seems like it was very experimental for the time (not sure if other Sonic Youth albums are similar). Even the heavy noise tracks like ‘Mildred Pierce’ and ending with ‘Titanium Expose’ were fantastic for keeping the dark & psychedelic mood of the album. The only track that felt massively out of place was ‘Cinderella’s Big Break’ as it was more upbeat than the track before and after, it felt like a massive jump in the movement of the album.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

3 stars for music, extra star for doing really cool shit with their guitars

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Punk meets New Wave. She is a prominent as a singer, I like her catatonic and monotonous voice, shameless and bored. Really fitting to the era. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Kool Thing

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Great record! Love the tracks with Kim on vocals, they have a sort of effortless cool to them. Sonic Youth's most commercial album. For some reason I remember thinking this record was kind of uneven but coming back to it now it's pretty strong all around. It is kind of weird to have Chuck D on a track just to say a few kind of cliche rapper things in the background. Weird 90's thing to do (REM's Radio Song being a similar example).

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

I’m a big fan of sonic youth. Post-Punk Shoegaze with a bit of garage punk in there. I love what they do with two guitars and pedal fx. Their albums vacillate between symphonic distorted euphoric trances and obnoxious whiny punk rock. Whether or not I love one of their albums always depends on which dominates the album. Disapearer, Dirty boots, Cinderella’s big score are three of the former, solid sonic build up culminated by a great climax and fx driven sonic breakdown to bring it home softly. I’m able to disappear into these songs and the wall of harmonic distortion they create—somehow they are able to find a harmonic balance in there. But then there’s always a few songs with Kim monotone spoken word about something I don’t care about—generally these are the songs I skip. Mildred pierce was going great until someone started squealing. Sonic Youth can be so hit or miss, but it’s always compelling, generally an album reflects like a grassroots zine, edgy, experimental, sometimes ugly, sometimes beautiful, rarely boring. Compared to some of the other one note albums we’ve listened to this one has a lot more to say. That being said there’s a few sonic youth albums that shine a bit brighter, so this garners a 3 from me.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

I dont really get the hype for Sonic Youth. It's pretty generic and up it's own ass.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

“Noise rock” using “unorthodox guitar tunings” yeah, there’s probably a reason people use “orthodox guitar tunings” : it doesn’t sound like unpleasant noise.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
2

An overrated album by an overrated band. People who put this poster up in their rooms need to be punched in the nose.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
2

The style is interesting and different but I'm not a fan of the music itself so far. Their talk singing style is odd. Not my style.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

This was a really fun listen. I have this album, but it's been awhile. The trading off of lead vocals was really fun. Knowing the story behind Kool Thing added depth to the song.

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Fri May 21 2021
5

very cool i enjoyed 4.5

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

Incredible. Way way ahead of its time.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Easily my favorite SY album. Maybe not their best, but still classic.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Weird, Experimental, Noise Music. Grunge before grunge.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Sauvage!

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Great, right up my alley.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

I really enjoyed it. They get some wild sounds on their instruments.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Noisy as he’ll I won’t them

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Love me some noisy rock :))

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Another deserved 5* for the Youth. Probably there most accessible album and it just never sounds dated! I love it!!

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

Sería un poco repetitivo seguir hablando de Sonic Youth ya para su tercer disco en esta lista. Siguen cuadrando mucho con mis gustos. Este es el que siempre se me ha hecho su mejor disco; mucho más melódico con canciones más estructuradas y más accesible que los otros trabajos que realizaron. No se pierde el lado experimental pero se acercan un poco más a la gente. A pesar de todo lo que me gusta el grupo sigo pensando que tres discos fue demasiado. Probablemente solo este y Daydream Nation eran suficientes, o incluso si solo hubiera estado este disco presente podría haber sido más que suficiente. Mucho de mi agrado, ya hable bastante de Sonic Youth, un poco sobrerrepresentado en la lista.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Major label sell out bastards. Playing songs with hooks and tunes and everything. Bastards.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

It's very good, not as good as daydream nation, but that's a pretty high bar.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Love this album

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Good music shouldn't always just be sweet sounding. It should shock you at times too. "Mildred Pierce" and "Scooter and Jinx" did just that. This was awesome!

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

pqp

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Really good album

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Réinventer le rock est, à chaque décennie, de plus en plus difficile. Sonic Youth a prouvé sa capacité de le faire ainsi que son génie avec cet album. Mon seul regret est de ne pas l'avoir acheté en vinyle quand je l'ai vu à bon prix dernièrement. Imbécile!

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Sun Apr 03 2022
5

Guitar make loud noise. Me like.

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Wed May 25 2022
5

Always love when I come across an album that has so obviously influenced a heap of my own favourite bands.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

Great album. Ice Cube is woefully underused, but apart from that. All good!

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Classic/10

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

This is much more accessible than Teenage Daydream while still remaining recognizably Sonic Youth. The layered alternating guitar is front and center and musique concrète is used throughout which lends the album an experimental feel. The studio techniques used in the recording of this album were also similarly experimental and often led to issues getting final takes. The lyrical content often centers the experience of women in American society and issues a challenge to the expectations. This is best exemplified in 'Kook Thing,' a dialogue between Kim Gordon and Public Enemy's Chuck D.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

For me, this album will be forever matched with that Hal Hartley movie ..Simple Men from 30 years ago. Since then I have forgotten all about that movie except for the out-of-nowhere dance scene on Kool Thing. The album nicely fits in the 5-star album sequence: Evol - Sister - Daydream Nation - Goo - Dirty - it might not be so universally strong as the other four but easily 5 stars of course.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

A classic.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

all I can say is, so good.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

I totally listened to Goo in high school at some point, but I only clearly remember “Kool Thing” (what a classic). “Dirty Boots” really sets the scene — especially if conceptualizing Goo as a concept album — saturated in teenage rebellion, adrenaline, shock value, and a keen eye on the world surrounding. The guitar in the second half is quite nice, and the song ends much calmer than it began. “Tunic” - here’s Kim. This song touches on Hollywood and fame, with Kim telling her mom that she made it in the music industry. “Mary-Christ” - of the three so far, this one is a pretty straight punk song. Still great! Ah “Kool Thing” - the effect that they put on the main guitar riff makes it sound like it’s echoing off the walls of a cave. The dialogue between Chuck D and Kim in the middle is a dreamlike absurdity, wherein a teenage girl asks the rebellious object of her affections how he will liberate her and all girls from male white corporate oppression. Love it. “Mote” - probably the song I remember the least out of all of them. Probably the most melodic out of what I’ve heard thus far (concerning the vocal lines), and then it erupts into a kind of experimental noisy atmosphere. “My Friend Goo” is a riot grrrl punk ditty. Reminds me of Bratmobile, though they might have been a little later. “Disappearer” - one of the less memorable ones, but has interesting lyrics. “Mildred Pearce” - similar vein as Mary Christ and My Friend Goo — riot grrrl/Pixies situation with Frank Black-esque screaming. “Cinderella’s Big Score” - experimental guitar soundscapes still going strong plus a funny title. This is what I think of when I think Sonic Youth! There’s two songs left.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Goo is always my recommendation as a starting point for anyone wanting to go on a Sonic Youth tour. It is rough and - with the layered guitars - noisy enough compared to their previous records. On the other hand, it has acquired a bit more of an alt-rock appeal because there are some more structured songs with a starting and end point. For me this album has the perfect balance between the two giants on both sides of this album (Daydream Nation and Dirty). There really isn't a note wrong on Goo and the song Disappearer is the best they've ever released. And from here you can slowly return to the delicious raw creativity of Sister and EVOL. But this album is rock solid.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Просто классика 90-ых и, наверное, лучший альбом Соников!

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

fuckin great album - 10/10 it’s not for everyone but I love it

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

This album got a lot of play from me in the early 90's. Brings back lots of memories.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

It's great. Tunic is my favorite Sonic Youth song. I may be biased.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

I needed to hear this when i did, thanks i feel so much better

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

I really enjoy Sonic Youth and this one takes up where Daydream Nation left off. I think this one is a little more accessible, for both good and bad. But I really liked it.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Textbook definition of 'cool'. An absolute classic.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

I listen this album almost all week since I discovered Sonic youth :)

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

8/4 sonic shred

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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

Another that I listened to a bunch in college. This was more of a workout album (incline bike, along with the 2006 Dylan album. It was a weird time for me). If I was older than 3 in 1990, this probably would have been what I listened to every day. I still need to do the real deep dive on Sonic Youth (from what I remember, and hopefully will be reminded more of during this list, is that Goo was my favorite, Daydream Nation and Dirty are pretty great too, and Rather Ripped was the current one that I listened to a lot), and I think I'm far enough away from their breakup to not feel too bad that I only saw them live once (at Lollapalooza!, but in 2006). Kool Thing goes so hard, I'm glad millions of people got to hear it in a Guitar Hero game. I don't think I've listened to Mote or other Leo Renaldo stuff since I found out he was a Deadhead and I became more of one too, and realizing the noise jam here could have been on side 4 of Live/Dead. Probably a 4.5 on the AllMusic rating scale, but I know if I was a teen when this came out and listened to it a million times over and over, it would be a 5, so it gets a 5 here.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

I only got into Sonic Youth quite recently, and I couldn't quite get through Goo because of its more artsy, angular bits. But now I love those bits as well. "Tunic" has got to be one of the saddest songs ever.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Great album

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

4/15 4.5/5. Another tough album from the Sonic Youth. Standout Tracks: Tunic (Song For Karen), Kool Thing, Mote, My Friend Goo, Disappearer, Cinderella's Big Score, Titanium Expose

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Wed Oct 07 2020
4

1990. Key Songs: Dirty Boots, Kool Thing, Titanium Expose

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Influential indie classic, Kool Thing alone makes this an instant classic

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

This was good. I didn’t mind the spoken word stuff too much. Weird alt rock that was interesting if nothing else.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

I like this. Noisy but not heavy or obnoxious. Just cool alt rock. The vocals switching from song to song was nice too.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Liked this better than Daydream Nation. I can't believe I've missed this my whole life. Cinderella's Big Score was a favorite track.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Noisy at some of its finest, great album

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Mon May 31 2021
4

I think this is their first great album. I prefer 90s/2000s Sonic Youth to 80s Sonic Youth.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Kool Thing rules

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Sonic youth has been a sometimes guilty pleasure of mine. I’ve mostly listened to things past 1995 Washing Machine era. This was a fun pull back a few years. I really do love the groundwork SY did to bring some more alternative vibes onto the radio and into the mainstream.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

Really good. Probably my fourth favorite Sonic Youth album behind EVOL, Sister and Daydream Nation. "Dirty Boots" is a classic. 8/10

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

I surprisingly really liked this album.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Better than expected and better than the last sonic youth album. Some of the spoken word over music was good, some meh. But I liked the sound and vibe all around!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

I didn't discover Sonic Youth until 1992, when Dirty was released. I quickly devoured their entire catalog, but Daydream Nation was the album I connected with the most. It's nice to have a reason to come back to this one. It still holds up. All of their music holds up. It could be released today and be totally relevant.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

A strong SY album, but less noisy and more alt-rock than other albums. 7/10, I preferred 'Dirty' as well as the earlier no-wave works.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

I’ve enjoyed this a lot

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Previously I’ve listened to a few SY albums but not this one, so I was excited to have this as my first choice. I had heard Kool Thing before and maybe Dirty Boots which are great songs. Overall I really enjoyed this album. Sick guitars and effects!

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

I've listened to daydream nation quite a few times but never listened to this album. It whips ass

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Great sound and this is what rock should feel like. Took off a star cause I don’t love the singing.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

I actually liked a lot of the sounds on this album, but I think it could have been edited down by at least 10 minutes. Production quality was surprising with the guitars but inconsistent with vocals, and I generally think the vocals were more grating than they needed to be. 7

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

WoW on se rapproche du chef d’œuvre, les instruments sont forts, les Vocals sont pas incroyables mais sont originales et ténébreux. Ça ressemble à rien d’autre et ça s’écoute comme du bonbon ce qui est ma définition du chef d’œuvre. Je l’évite, les intro, les interludes et les outro de toune. Ça scrap là vibe et ça ajoute rien d’autre. On est punk oué !!! Je lévite: pas mal toute les tounes, la chanteuses je l’ai jamais vu mais j’ai le goût d’elle !! J’en fumerais une en back stage avec elle

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

The last was nice

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Now this is some some Sonic Youth I can get behind. Grit and realness with less of an overtly politicized sound.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

4.1 - Here's that legendary Sonic Youth sound I feel like I've been missing. "Daydream Nation" and "Dirty" seem to find the band with some of its edges polished down. Here Sonic Youth is fully immersed in its fascination with feedback, strange guitar tunings, unusual chords progressions and riffs. Some cringe moments like the political musings on "Kool Thing" and when she keeps singing "PU!" on "My Friend Goo." To me, these add to the overall charm of an energetic record that sounds like a reference piece.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

I'm not a big fan of Sonic Youth but I think this album is very good, great guitars. Kool Thing especially

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

Decent grunge with some really strong tracks and some easy skips. 7/10

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

It's nee daydream nation like but it's a good effort from a band close to me heart

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Kim Gordon's talk singing still doesn't really do it for me, and some tracks definitely go into a category of noise that I usually don't entertain from other bands, but this album undoubtably rocks and makes me yearn to be in the scene during the '90s.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Cooles Album! Band, in die ich mich immer mal reinhören wollte

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

yes

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Fri May 07 2021
4

kek album

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Kool Thing was fun but I didn't like some of the more screaming/experimental bits of the album.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Honestly I dug the sound. I knew one song by sonic youth that I really liked but I never took the time to explore there albums, glad I was taken there!

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

Tämä oli hyvä levy, tuli mieleen kevennetty versio Slintin Spiderlandista. Kappaleista Tunic jäi mieleen.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

Great fun

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Muskulöse Platte. Punk. Protofeministisch noch bevor es wieder Mainstream wurde. Steve Shelley ist das gar nicht so geheime Kraft-Tier der Band. Giving a fuck about not giving a fuck.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Ich check die Band nicht vollständig; mal recht uninspiriert aber dafür straight forward Rock oft ohne die Vorsilbe Indie bemühen zu müssen, dann wieder arsch-coole Songs („Tunic“) inkl. abstrakter Soundscapes, die mir die Ohrmuschel fönen. Muss ihnen wohl Respekt zollen für alle geliebten follower, die sie besser verstanden haben… Epigonally growing 3.9

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

Great album cover, and some of the guitar playing and atmospheres created were excellent. Some of the noisier breakdowns were a bit much for me, but saying that, it was a fantastic ending to the album.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Progressive for the period. I wish I would have had my first listen a couple of decades ago. I'd say it still holds strong. There was a section at the end of Mildred Pierce that foreshadowed a lot of the thrashier and aggressive sides of punk. It was unique and enjoyable.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Love Sonic Youth - they hadn't quite refined their sound (Dirty being their peak IMO) at this point but still 3 standout tracks on this

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Still a glorious noise, achingly cool, arch and very NYC1990s.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Much to my surprise I quite liked this, the songs were quite catchy and I liked the guitar and voice harmonies

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

I was late to get into Sonic Youth. It wasn't until 98/99 until something clicked and they started sounding awesome to me. Layers of guitars and feedback with the contrast of crisp clear vocals. Love it.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Noise Noise Noise and more Noise. Beautiful Noise. Sonic Youth you do it like no other, going at it like a bull in the heather. Kim Gordon didn't get enough props for her work in this band. Thurston Moore uses a Big Muff to very different effect to how I did when I was younger and more of a Kool Thing. Scream, squelch, drive, dive and rise again. One thing is for certain. I'd love to jam some of these songs live and loud. Noise Noise Noise and I love it.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

This is an excellent album. Sonic Youth really mastered the effective use of distortion, feedback and noise better than anyone I can think of. A lot of bands would follow in Sonic Youth’s footsteps, but ultimately there is nothing else out there like them in music. The songs on Goo are moody and hard burning with a great, menacing undertone. Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo’s explorations of guitar are brilliant and fascinating. They push the instrument into places you didn’t even know existed. Moore and Kim Gordon's alternating vocals just ooze with an insouciance that’s so evocative of the mood of that era. Also frankly, this album just rocks. Fave Songs: Tunic, Titanium Expose, Disappearer, Dirty Boots, Mote, Kool Thing

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

The rock on which all subsequent alt was built

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

This album is noisy AF but surprisingly listenable. I think Kool Thing is equal to Daydream Nation's Teen Age Riot, and the rest of this album is pretty solid also. Getting your head and bashed by a wall of guitar sound is offset nicely by Kim Gordon's laid back vocals eg on Tunic. According to Wiki, at one point Moore's amplifier overheated and exploded but they were fascinated by the results so they kept it for Scooter and Jinx. That's the stuff of legend.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Simple, catchy riffs. I like the song writing better on this LP than the debut. And the feedback excursions that bookend the songs don’t go on for as long. Giving Kim Gordon the mic a little more was a good idea. Kool Thing is a great song.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

I like Kim's songs in particular. I wasn't aware Karen Carpenter died from anorexia related problems at age 32. Tunic's a good song and it's cool that this topic is addressed in song. Kool Thing is also a good song and it's brave to attack the Black Panthers. The second half of the album starts to experiment more with noise. The solos and,  in particular, the long fade in Mote are good examples. My views on noise change over time. I have learned to understand  that musicians have an ability to hear and appreciate sounds that us mere mortals will never be able to appreciate.  I'm good with most of the noise on this one.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Dirty Boots into Karen is a strong 1-2. This album definitely has my attention.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Love this alternative sound, it's amazing how different is was from other music of the era.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

förvånandsvärt bra. eller, förstod ju att jag skulle gilla det, men mmm nice

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Jättebra!! Det är sen gammalt att Kool Thing är världens tuffaste låt, men förvånad över hur mycket annat det var på den här skivan som jag gillade

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Another band I've never listened to but knew I should. Really enjoyed this one! A bit of an acquired taste sometimes, but I definitely will use this as a jumping off point into exploring more of Sonic Youth's catalogue. Not super into some of the noise rock stuff, but other songs more than make up for it.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Love listening to Sonic Youth when I just need some noise to throw around my energy...solid album

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Masterpiece. Playful distorted glory.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

I need to give this another listen. You can tell some of it is "quite" experimental, but a lot of it is pretty solid. ANd i feel like it's the kind of album that can really grow on you.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this and how diverse their sound was. I mean, they keep a genre going but there was even some pretty rocking heavy metal bits in some songs.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Lots of hot hooks and smoldering riffs and slow burns. Classic. A tale of two sides, with second half the much artier and avant-garder.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

First half is extremely enjoyable, the second half fizzes out just a little bit. Overall a classic. Pillar for alternative rock music. 4/5

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Good album - definitely worth investigating further.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Quoique ma chanson préférée du groupe (Teen Age Riot) soit sur l'album Daydream Nation, parmi les albums du groupe que j'ai entendu, Goo est mon préféré dans son ensemble. L'expérimentation du bruit et des guitares est bien maîtrisée et c'est tout de même agencé en chansons. Les chansons de Kim Gordon qui n'est pas une grande chanteuse, mais une bonne bassiste, sont mieux interprétées et moins agaçantes sur cet album que sur Dirty. J'aime bien la collaboration avec J Mascis de Dinosaure Jr sur Mote. Pièces préférées: Dirty Boots, Kool Thing, Mote, Mildred Pierce et Titanium Expose

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

J'aime bien Sonic Youth Il faut être dans le mood mais quand le moment est propice, ça le fait bien J'adore le ton nonchalant de kim Gordon. J'aime un peu moins quand c'est Thurston qui chante. Du gros fuzz des layers de bruits de guit, c'est abrasif mais en même temps ça bouge et les beats de drum rendent le tout plutôt facile à écouter Du bon art rock, band majeur à écouter certainement et finalement on a des albums qui valent la peine d'être sur cette liste Sans Sonic Youth pas de Nirvana

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Side A was brilliant but Side b was a bit meh few duds, overall 7.7 alt rock 👍. Cover art has quite a story as well 😅

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Noisy, not in a bad way, alt rock thats really strong. Much prefer the female vocalists songs to those of the guy's, but that's more my taste in alt rock than a reflection of his singing, which is still pretty good! Give me that slightly disinterested, monotone, yelling female vocal performance, I'm a sucker for it.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Great band and great album. Not their best but maybe their most accessible. Iconic album cover too.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

GOOd

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Loud, off-the-wall, quirky rock. I enjoyed the unconventional singing that gave a distant, nonchalant vibe to the songs. Quite a fun listen. 7/10

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

great record, love sonic youth, only slightly too precious

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Great originators of emotional rock and roll that is as unpretentious as it gets. They might be the founders of the genre of post-rock too. Which is funny to write. I listened to the heck out of this. It's a high 4 for me.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Effortlessly classic, so many captivating noise guitar songs.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

Weird, very nice guitars, kind of repetitive at times. Too artistic maybe. Kool Thing is a classic, but Titanium Expose is very nice too. Solid 4.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Recently, I reviewed a Britpop LP and commented that it was either my age or my nationality that was presenting an obstacle to my understanding of what the artists were trying to express. A listen to 'Goo' confirms that it must be a cultural thing rather than age, for most of 'Goo’s' themes and name dropping I did comprehend- ‘Tunic,’ for example, as a platform to uncovering the root causes of anorexia, while honoring the musical legacy of Karen Carpenter, or the criticism of misogynistic attitudes among male rappers and the hypocrisy of African American rappers, in particular- LL Cool J, to be exact- in perpetuating this archaic climate (‘Kool Thing’). I don’t know how important a comprehensive understanding of Sonic Youth’s lyrics is anyway to one’s enjoyment of their music. I don’t mind some mysteries left unsolved: What does satan (who, in the place of a cat, got someone’s tongue), a liason with a witch in a coffee truck, and the phrase six-sex-six have to do with ‘Dirty Boots’ on the opening track, and what do those dirty boots even signify? 'Goo’s' lyrical proclivities aside, Sonic Youth is always more about the music. Kim Gordon’s bass remaining one note steady while Steve Shelly goes all Keith Moon on his kit, and guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo sonically swirl around and around, like a pair of tornados emanating from their amplifier fans. And somehow it always works. Sonic Youth is liquid fire. A sure way to create some goo. And I'm glad to get stuck in it.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Not a band that was on my radar at the time. Always liked their album art though. Well worth a listen to.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Ok a sonic youth album that I didn’t hate - some good tracks here - and some shall k dare say qualify as good songs - dirty boots and a few others.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Solid

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Album is maaad decent, and slaps so hard under the right circumstances

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Classic anti big government 90s goth kid anthems

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Mon préféré de Sonic Youth même si ma chanson préférée du groupe (Teen Age Riot) se retrouve sur Daydream Nation. L'expérimentation est bien dosée sur cet album ce qui en fait un tout écoutable pour la majorité des gens sans trop de difficulté. Les pièces de Kim Gordon qui n'est pas une grande chanteuse sont mieux sur cet album que sur Dirty. J'aime bien la collaboration avec J Mascis de Dinosaure Jr sur Mote. Pièces préférées: Dirty Boots, Kool Thing, Mote, Mildred Pierce et Titanium Expose

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore are divorced, and you're just the orphans left behind.

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Sat Jun 18 2022
4

juventude sônica

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

essential noise rock

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

As punk rock as the 90's get. No wonder this is a classic

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Released during their imperial phase, at least an imperial phase as far as Sonic Youth goes. I love the band's infatuation with Karen Carpenter, which ultimately led to their most recognizable song, a cover of "Superstar". This is the one that firmly established the band as the Fleetwood Mac of noise music. Their orchestra of sound all flows together seamlessly, serving as a blueprint for many imitators. Few if any captured similar success.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

strange misty agitated punk with fever dream lyrics. pretty killer vibe tbh

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

Album 30 on my run through this list and only the second which I actually have in my record collection. Consulting some of the other reviews, I’m not at all surprised how many detractors this album, and Sonic Youth in general, provokes. Ironically, those well-trodden platitudes about the pretentious art school wankery and rebarbative musical structures are far more banal than anything you’ll ever hear by this groundbreaking band. And this is nowhere near their finest work… That being said this album is unquestionably the go-to entry point for Sonic Youth. One apposite commonplace you often hear regarding this album is the noticeably more melodic overtones on this record. Taking its cues from Daydream Nation, Goo subtly amplifies the band’s pop sensibilities on a trajectory which they would continue to follow for the next decade. That being said, this accessibility is a relative quantity. The band don’t entirely compromise their avant garde fundamentals and nowhere is this more present on songs like “Mote” - bookending its hooky, punk rush with aural assaults of feedback and interminable drones in keeping with the band’s ethos. Perhaps the reason why I nevertheless remain somewhat indifferent towards this album (in light of my adoration for albums like “Bad Moon Rising” and “Evol”) can be traced back to its indeterminate artistic vision. It’s not as punishing or challenging as their most experimental works nor as melodically captivating as their later albums. In a way that’s what makes it such a unique record in the band’s discography; the album against which you measure your preference for Sonic Youth’s command of otherworldly distortions of pop music paradigms by way of ungodly noise, or their acclaimed sense of songcraft. Either way, this album more than deserves to be on this list.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

I tend to have the same issue with all Sonic Youth albums, which is that I enjoy them okay, but I never feel compelled to listen to them again. I've seen them live twice, and loved them both times, so the issue seems to be more with how their sound translates to a recorded medium. This album I liked a little more than the others I've listened to. It feels like it has a distinctive Pixies influence that works well with their style. The songs also feel more structured and less noise-based, which I think helps it translate to a recording better 4/5

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Noisy and eclectic.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Decent, grungy rock album. Switching from male/female vocals track by track kept interest

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Hlustaði bara með öðru eyranu á sínum tíma. Hér er margt mjög töff, kannski frekar töff en beinlínis skemmtilegt. En sumt er líka skemmtilegt. Tæpur fjarki.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

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. A touch more mellow then Daydream.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

My introduction to Sonic Youth. It's good and more approachable then the previous albums, good stuff.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Kool Thing good. Kinda like Dirty Boots and Tunic (Song for Karen). I wish Mildred Pierce ended with just the riff with no screams.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

The more I listen to Sonic Youth the more I like them

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

so great

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Reminds me of the band Spoon or Death Cab. That fuzzy electric guitar with the high, articulate vocals. This is really progressive stuff here. I never heard this album, but I can't believe they fell off the radar! Tunic is fascinating, and a track that would most likely never be played live. The woman vocalist also adds so much more to this band. Kudos to Sonic Youth for featuring their musicality so strongly. Vocals are secondary to just a tight rock band!

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Roils and moils. Some great licks and cuts on first half, second half darker and more exploratory. One likes both halves, while recognizing the merits of the target criticisms (i.e., too-cool-for-school, prententious-in-its-artiness/avant-garding).

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

It was fine

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

I haven't really enjoyed other Sonic Youth Albums but I get the hype for them a little more now. Maybe this album is just purely more commercially catchy, but I found myself getting sucked into the songs and losing track of time. +1 for getting me into a band I thought I didn't like

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Estaven en una època dolça. Enmig d'una trilogia màgica començada per 'Daydream Nation' i finalitzada amb 'Dirty', 'Goo' torna a ser una lliçó magistral de com experimentar amb el rock aconseguint noves sensacions i sense perdre de vista la música. Una manera fantàstica de començar els '90s, una década que ells mateixos ajudarien a definir

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

This was really quite good. While listening I mistakenly thought it came out in the late 90s, and said to myself "Oh yeah this is very emblematic of the era, it feels like a natural evolution of grunge and alt rock" only to be reminded afterward that it was released in 1990, predating much of what I thought it was an evolution of. Honestly that alone bumps my respect for this project up by a lot; I'll now say it's wonderfully ahead of its time while at the same time obviously influencing so much of what will come so soon after it. Full of attitude, experimentation- both in sound and production. It sounds like the kind of project where they don't care whether you like it, they're just doing what fascinates and excites them. Thankfully, I'm fascinated and excited right alongside them. Not to say that everything lands, of course. The vocals on Mary Christ and My Friend Goo leave a sour taste in my mouth, the back half of Mote isn't the sort of cool-down spectacle that I think fits the middle of an album, and Disappear is about twice as long as it needs to be. But I remember the highlights more. The galloping drums in the middle & end of Cinderella's Big Score. The wild layered guitar noodling on Tunic and in between Mary Christ's verses. The wake up call that is Mildred Pierce. Overall I'm really quite impressed that a single album so fully embodies grunge, noise, & 90s alt-rock. Like, this may as well be THE quintessential entry of the era for all of those. Well done.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Very nice album. Takes you back to the moment.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Kool album

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

Completely unhinged at times but a pretty good one! Will probably be coming back to this. Favourite: Titanium Expose

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Cd

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Just a killer all around record. I love Sonic Youth.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Proper rock songs and yet no sellout on the major label debut. Hit 'em where it hurts Tell it like it is Yeah

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Sonic Youth has been a difficult band for me. Their noise excursions always rub me the wrong way, but when a song of theirs hits me it absolutely floors me. Goo is one of my favorite Sonic Youth albums. Songs like Cool Thing and Dirty Boots two of those songs that hit me right where I live.... and ther's others so despite the noisy excursions; 4.5 stars

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

I enjoyed it more than I expected. SY albums are kind of tough listens and I am glad this one resonated with me. 4/5

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

I really liked this one! It had a few songs on it I wasn’t a fan of, but it also had songs I loved. Overall, a really enjoyable album!

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Sonic Youth continued their winning streak of high-quality albums that struck that more accessible balance of guitar-screeching chaos and indie catchiness with 'Goo'. While this album doesn't quite capture the greatness of 'Daydream Nation' or even 1987's 'Sister', there is a ton to enjoy here. 'Kool Thing' is arguably the band's peak radio hit-wise, and yet they still manage to stay true to their alternative, esoteric style, what with the spoken-word bridge conversation. Other highlights include the Lee Ranaldo-led fuzz fest 'Mote', 'Dirty Boots', 'Disappear', and, while not an easy-listening song by any means, I can't deny that the bizarre 'Mildred Pierce' certainly left an impression. On a final point, I can't listen to a Sonic Youth album and not give a shoutout to Steve Shelley - that man can drum like it's nobody's business, and SY's songs simply wouldn't have the energy and punch that they often have without his work on the drums.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

4/5. A surprisingly enjoyable listen. Some great punk songs and weird instrumentals. Definitely going to spin this one again.

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Tue Jan 05 2021
3

Bra första halva med bl.a Dirty Boots och Kool Thing men sen blir det för ojämnt och dåligt.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

Rock crado

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Sat Nov 07 2020
3

Certainly accessible, with the experimental bits spread unevenly across the runtime. The first few tracks are certainly the strongest, though the fact that Chuck D is so easy to miss is disappointing. It would be a stronger record if it was more firmly in the pop-structure or noisy-sound camp. Or more Kim: Her appearances were the strongest songs and sections of songs.

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Thu Oct 01 2020
3

Interesting album, really in your face

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

This was Sonic Youth's jump to a major label, and the contemporary reviews I read praised the album for its authenticity, which I take to mean that they didn't sell out by getting rid of the bullshit. I can confirm that there is still plenty of bullshit to wade through. Best track: Kool Thing

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Tue Jan 05 2021
3

Cool

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Tue Nov 03 2020
3

Enjoyed it although it’s not my usual genre. Had to listen in short bursts.

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Tue Nov 03 2020
3

Occasional good bits, too much screaming though

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Ihan ok. Ei ehkä parasta musaa työpäivään.

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Thu Dec 31 2020
3

I’ve never been a huge sonic youth fan. The guitars and drums are all pretty awesome, but the vocals and lack of hooks really make this kind of a wash for me. So many talked vocals and they feel like they kind of ruin things for me. Big noise rock and no wave feel. Once again, great guitars. But idk how often I'll come back to it

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Reminds me a little of sleigh bells or white stripes. An old school kind of sound that could easily pass for music of today. Most songs are too long, and I can't hear 90% of what they're saying. The guitars and shit are cool, but this isn't music that speaks to me. Song titles make no sense, and as far as I can tell the songs are about nothing at all. Favorite song is scooter and jinx

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Classic

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Cool guitar timbre. Can't sing along, but still catchy. A bit like Metric x La Femme, with more disorder and noise.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Very good album for a one time listen. While I liked it, I don't foresee myself coming back to it. The album tells a coherent story, it's alternative rock which I like but it didn't grab me like it could have.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

Pretty heavy. It’s interesting. I’m no music critic

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Unfortunately the more I listen to Sonic Youth the less I am impressed. I like everything they do on paper, but I just can't get behind the execution in general. I knew of Tunic, but it goes on twice as long as it should, otherwise I'd like it.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Some interesting sounds I had never listened before

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Find I'm very tired of the vocal delivery of this era and strata of alternative pop. A bare three points for the instrumentation which I liked better, but didn't really care for this.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

A bit of a mixed bag, although I like it on whole. Has its highlights: Each of the vocalists has a great song, including "Dirty Boots, "Kool Thing" and "Mote", but some songs like "Mary-Christ" and "Cinderella's Big Score" are just a waste of time. The musicianship is stellar, some amazing drumming and the weaving wall of guitar noise is hypnotizing at times.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

nice n easy n fun but also n boring

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

instrumentation and female lead vocalist

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Sat Jan 16 2021
3

Is good

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Sun May 23 2021
3

I enjoyed this, good noisy stuff. A few tracks definitely were fun.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Now I need to watch Scott Pilgrim vs the World. rock out of 5

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

Quand meme bon, je comprend le sonic car c’est eclate parfois. J’ai l’impression quil y a une influence punk/grunge? Pas un grand facteur de reecoute. 3.25*

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

1990, Alternative Rock, manches klingt sick aber das meiste klingt für mich einfach wie Krach, seichte 3

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