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E.V.O.L.

Sonic Youth

1986

E.V.O.L.

Album Summary

EVOL is the third full-length studio album by the American alternative rock band Sonic Youth. Released in May 1986, EVOL was Sonic Youth’s first album on SST Records, and also the first album to feature then-new drummer Steve Shelley who had just replaced Bob Bert. In retrospective reviews, critics cite EVOL as marking Sonic Youth’s transition from their no wave roots toward a greater pop sensibility, while bassist Kim Gordon has referred to it as the band’s “goth record.” Pitchfork has praised the album, saying that EVOL "[was] where the seeds of greatness were sown", and placed the album 31st on their Top 100 Albums of the 1980s list, alongside Sonic Youth's next two albums, Sister and Daydream Nation, which ranked 14th and first, respectively.

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Rating

2.83

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4656

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

If I could mould an unsuspecting youth into doing every dark desire I have, then this record would certainly be the gritty soundtrack that accompanied all of the sick things I would conjure up. It should act as a warning to anyone under the age of 16. Stay clear of me. I'm dangerous. But that's what you like about me, isn't it?

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Nostalgic, listened to a lot of SY as a teenager, though not this album. Shoegaze-y and gothic at times (Marilyn Moore), melodic, driving and uplifting others (Madonna...). Love the interesting noises, distortions and discords.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

What a turning point

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

hell yeah, love Sonic Youth I think I’ve listened to everything from Confusion Is Sex to Daydream Nation and while some albums are definitely better than others, I feel like there’s always something to appreciate in each one I’m excited to hear Goo, that looks like a really cool album, and of course I wanna hear their entire discography and of course EVOL gets a 10/10, some of my favorite songs from the whole discography are in there

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Three albums in Sonic Youth were well on the way to EVOLving a sound utterly unique to Sonic Youth. The underlying outbursts of pop, whilst present, are buried way deeper in the mix here than on later records, it's very much more Black Flag less Madonna. To an extent, it makes perfect sense that the album was released on SST alongside the likes of Husker Du and Minutemen but the sheer avant-garde-ness at the centre of Sonic Youth makes this so much more EVOLved than any of the other post-hardcore Greg Ginn was releasing at the time. It's an album of screeching guitars and spoken word surrealism, it's dark and sinister, it's dense and difficult "anti-rock", it's walls of noise with the very occasional outbreak of beauty. It's very fucking good.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Noisy, raw, energetic and with a lot of depth.

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Sun May 22 2022
5

Innovative, raw and hypnotics. A big step forward from previous album, Bad Moon Rising.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

I like Sonic Youth. Groundbreaking for the Alternative scene.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

It is dissonant, out of tune, and gritty, and I enjoy it for it. It is a little bit up its own ass, but in an endearing way. I like it. It is definitely something you need to be in the right mood/headspace for though.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Their first of many great albums. This is their poppiest of their albums through Dirty (haven't listened to any after), and so this makes for a great introduction to Sonic Youth. Immediately in the first few songs you get a taste of who the singers are, the level of experimentation, and what style of rock they're going for. This is a slow transition from the no-wave of the previous two albums, but they're still quite distinctively punkish, relying more on noise rock and experimental techniques to create haunting noises. It often feels like the vocals are trying to fight more space against the dissonance and grittiness. The album flows really well from track to track. This isn't a masterpiece, especially not when compared to Daydream Nation, but it's still an excellent album that I'll be listening to time and time again. I can't even list my favorite tracks because I love all of them so much, except maybe "In the Kingdom #19" but it's still an amazing track. I found the lengthy closing track to be a great way to finish the chaos that is this album.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

I've only really heard Sonic Youth's hits, but this was... different. That being said, I loved how weird and avant-garde it was. Awesome.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

One of those albums that’s always been present in my life and has obviously influenced a huge number of bands I love, but I haven’t given it the time I should. Listening to it now, it’s fantastic & I really should dive back into their catalogue.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Noisy, edgy, exciting

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Makes me feel like a teenager again

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

This is a pretth good Sonic Youth album.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Pleasant surprise. I didn’t go into this expecting much but I really enjoyed it

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

4.5/5. Pretty epic, pretty wild. Great youth

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

I appreciate Sonic Youth but am more familiar with them from Daydream Nation onward. I like their experimentation and the use of multiple vocalists throughout the record. This earlier stuff is a bit rougher than what I'm used to with them and I find it to be a bit taxing as the record goes on. Sonic Youth is great but perhaps better in smaller doses like a track here and there on a mix/playlist. Looking forward to getting to their later albums on here.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Enjoyed this, not as much as say iron maiden but didn't hate it as much as most metal type bands. can't say a single song stood out.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Meh. It's just sloppy noise-rock. There are so many Sonic Youth albums on this list. I don't get what all the fuss is about.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

“Homero Simpson arruinó mi puerco, Cypress Hill me robo la orquesta y Sonic Youth asalta mi hielera! ¡LARGO DE AHÍ NIÑOS!” No me parece el mejor disco de Sonic Youth ni de cerca (daydream nation seria ese). Pero es inegable la contribución al rock depresivo y oscuro. Un montón de notas sueltas y marcadas que sin dudas influenciaron a muchos de los artistas que mas escucho hoy en día (Reznor, te estoy mirando a vos). Cuando pensaba que la música no se podía poner más angustiante que con los Smashing Pumpkins, salta esto, por suerte menos adolescente y más… Relatable. El aspecto técnico es espectacular… Steve Shelley es un baterista del carajo y se nota muchísimo en el disco, 10 años atrás podría haber tocado la batería en Joy Division y cuadraba perfecto. La voz de Kim Gordon (que mujer) tiene un aire super precursor que siento que después fue super imitado sin nadie que se le pueda acercar. Creo que el mundo de la música es un poco mejor gracias a la existencia de este disco, por mas que no sea mi favorito de la banda. Podría decirse que las contribuciones que hizo son mas que lo que el disco aporta auditivamente cuando lo escuchás. No se si lo voy a volver a escuchar en un futuro cercano, no porque no me guste, sino por el impacto que tiene en mí, cada vez que lo escucho mi cerebro se vuelve un corto de David Lynch.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Larga vida a Sonic Youth? "Ruido" que sí me gusta. De acá conocía "Starpower", pero todo me gustó y especialmente "Madonna, Sean, and Me". Ruido darksss. 10/10

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

Wonderful. I’ve listened to many SY, but not this one for some reason.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Really good.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

If you've never listened to EVOL before, start with those lyrics excerpts: "My violence is the number Coming out of prayer Find it in the father Find it in a girl There's a thing in my memory Holding on for dear life With a feeling of secrets Beating up under my flesh My tongue is tied I'm sleeping nights awake Tom Violence is a dream Coming out of a girl" "Kiss me Kiss me In the shadow of Kiss me in the shadow of a doubt" "Close my eyes and think of you Everything turns black to blue Starpower, starpower Starpower over me" "We're gonna kill the California girls We're gonna fire the exploding load In the milkmaid maidenhead We're gonna find the meaning of feeling good And we're going to stay there As long as we think we should Mystery train Three way plane Expressway... to your skull" Now imagine the sort of music that could go with all those weird-yet-evocative lyrics. You'd need something that can convey all the conflicts and sexual tension and innocent arrogance and arrogant innocence and sheer elatedness and muted rage of your teenage years. You'd need a perfect mix of dream pop and indie-rock and terror noise and goth and bubblegum pop. You'd need an LP that literally never ends, with the last groove on the record being a locked one, circling and circling all over again on itself with its low rumbling maelstrom gurgling all the way to eternity. Teenagers always think they're immortal, don't they? You'd need Sonic Youth's first masterpiece. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 812 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 102 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 46 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 41

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Sonic youth

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

cool

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Need to get into more sonic youth

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

I loved this but only because I was in the mood to get freaked out.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

This album sounds fresh, as if it could have been released yesterday. The themes and anxiety feel contemporary still, even apt for the current moment.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Some good tracks on here, but overall, it's not my sound.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Much better and more raw than Daydream Nation, and a magnificent composition rocking through

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

This album is dope. Way more low-key and less scream-y than I expected it to be. Its nervous energy matches my own fevered work pitch.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Sort of strange. Sounds like a mix of alternative rock and dark ambient music. I liked it.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Noisy, tense post-punk indie rock. While it isn't their masterpiece that would come 2 years later, you do hear many of the foundations of that album being explored and distilled. Energetic, often angry and yet melodic vocals and hooks being buried beneath walls of sound. It's no wonder Sonic Youth often distills that gap between Black Flag and all the 90s indie rock bands that followed suit in my mind. They angrily and yet with a delicate pop touch thrashed the path forward.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Este disco ni en pedo es para cuando estas bajón porque te tiras abajo del bondi. NO PARA CUANDO ESTAMOS EN UN CONFINAMIENTO DE UNA PANDEMIA. pero me gusta la banda 4 efes

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Actually pretty chill to listen to as I worked

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Nice sounds.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

A raucous at times dissonant soundscape, I love it, but wouldn't put it above some other cleaner more tightly put together music

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Dope

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Loved it

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Not one of their best but its Sonic Youth so of course its good

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Wow. This album has almost as many high points as SHACK has nonced kids today. He has a different meaning for sonic youth.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

this is by no means one of the best sonic youth albums, however its infinitely better than 50% of this list.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Not as memorable as Goo, but pretty solid. 7/10

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Evol is a milestone in the band's history, although the album is less profound and disturbing and more traditional rock, the sound contains the essence of two decades of music of moral decay. (7/10) FT: Shadow of a Doubt

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

Hermoso.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

My second album from Sonic Youth, and overall I think I think I might like it better than 'Goo,' which is probably a controversial statement. It's some solid punk rock music that's not obnoxious or too in your face. 'Goo' was very different, and I can't help but compare this album to it. I liked a lot of the softer lyrical stuff on this album.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Dirgey in the best possible way… they’re albums really do take you on a journey. Melody and song smithery aren’t lacking either. Just what you’d expect from SY!

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

rnr

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Cool

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

The more I listen to Sonic Youth, the more I don't understand what Sonic Youth is. Are they a band? Is this all just a figment of my imagination? Did the Moon landing happen or was it all just gremlinoid CGI? Some songs on this album sound like Slowdive's Souvlaki, some remind me of crazy-ass post rock like GY!BE or Swans (Sidenote, I'm not a big fan of post-rock, but there's a serious lack of it on this list in general.. like, not even "Soundtracks for the Blind", really?) and then there's some random pop punk songs thrown in for good measure. It's crazy, it's kooky, dare I say it, it even may be a little bit bonkers. Four stars out of five. One star for each gremlin.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Kinda grimy and noisy, mostly in a good way. I can definitely enjoy this when I'm in the right mood for it.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Slips in with a characteristic droning sound though I've never heard it before. Immediately like the downbeat vibes. Second track lightens up and then Kim Gordon starts whispering to me. I feel like I could listen to her voice in conversation for about 100 years. Everything about it I like, even when she's screaming or just falling apart a la, "Can I have the car keys.. I wanna go for a ride" on Drive which is an absolute turn it up to 11 favorite from the album Dirty. Shadow of a Doubt is sweet with just a little hint of chaos. Starpower is really good. Gordon is kind of singing around you, not to you on this one. In The Kingdom sounds like a less-deep-fried Southern Culture on the Skids. A big bad voodoo Cadillac headed right for the edge of the cliff and we're just gonna go ahead and keep the gas all the f*****g way down. Secret Girl is like a haunted house and someone is playing a toy piano in the attic. You're not gonna hear this kind of music anywhere else but in a SY album. Just so singular and authentic. Minor chords, crisp high hat, far away singing, heavy heavy guitars, and all manner of unexpected chaos. Can't be a 5, but I absolutely love it. Gorgeous.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Cool sound, I'm digging deeper into them.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

Pretty great, bracing, some sounds like Pink Floyd, some like Bowie, all entertaining.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Very good, and very odd. If I was born ten years earlier, I would probably have loved this band growing up, but as it is I love the (many, many) bands they influenced.

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Tue Nov 03 2020
3

sonic youth!!! but i like this less than i thought i would

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

God the 1980s were a weird decade for music. It's like everything was happening all at once, and for all the amazing things that were happening in the foreground, you also have bands like Sonic Youth. The first thing this reminded me of was Slanted and Enchanted by Pavement, which came out 6 years after this album. This album is more introspective and darker, though. I feel like there is something about Sonic Youth that never quite translates from their live shows to their albums, though. I feel like I should like these albums more, but it ultimately feels like there isn't anything for me to sink my teeth into. I think what I really need is an instrumental Sonic Youth album. I feel like that is where they really shine, and the vocals kind of distract from their instrumentals on a lot of songs. 3/5

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

not as good as goo, but not bad

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Sat Feb 06 2021
3

Ok

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

Dope instrumentals

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Don't know much Sonic Youth, but I enjoy the style. I'm not sure this is their finest work though, some of it doesn't do much for me. Love the lofi/feedback/dissonance parts of it, but overall there aren't any tracks on here that are ones I'd wanna go back to listen, except maybe "Shadow of a Doubt".

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

When I thought this was from 1996 I thought it was lame. When I realized it was *86* that changed my perspective. Still, I wasn’t doing the drugs these guys were doing, so it didn’t really jive with me

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

They'll guard your watercooler real good

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

false

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

I think this is one of those bands that what you hear on the radio is probably enough.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Not their best like but decent

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Dit moet ik toch echt op mijn gemak luisteren, want er gebeurt zoveel op deze plaat. Nooit echt goed verdiept in deze band, dus kan er nog niet veel over zeggen. Wat er van mee kreeg, klonk iig spannend.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

its not bad

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Still too intense.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Ich weiß noch wie neugierig ich auf diese Band war, von der ich nur das T-Shirt kannte. Der geheimnisvolle Gesang und die noisig-schrabbeligen Klänge, dabei trotzdem so harmonisch und eingängig. Hör ich gerne mal allein über Kopfhörer. Neben Hits wie Starpower sind allerdings auch ein paar anstrengende Lieder dabei.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Mag ich allein schon für den Gastauftritt bei den Gilmore Girls.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Simpático. Puede ser que no haya estado del humor suficiente para poder apreciarlo. Shadow Of A Doubt fue lo que me quedó más grabado. Lo voy a volver a escuchar en otro momento.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

it's alright. Kinda bleak.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Decent

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

juventude sonica

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

quite dark, quite good. How many sonic youth albums are on this thing....

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Better than the other Sonic Youth album I listened to. Still not quite my thing.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

I think I liked Goo better, not a fan of this one, it felt pretty monochrome to me and I wasn't listening to the lyrics too close

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Liked this.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Wouldn’t rush to listen to again

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

Don't really get this album. It's not bad or anything but this kind of music doesn't do much for me.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Not my favorite Sonic Youth. Shadow of a Doubt a highlight.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

I am learning that I like the longer instrumental parts of Sonic youth songs and just do not care for the vocals at all. After a rocky start I settled into this record and ended up liking it a lot. I suspect it and the rest of their work grows on a fella.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Not for me apart from casual listening.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

3/5

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

not as good as their other stuff, still decent

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Sat Nov 20 2021
3

6/10

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Un album d'une sombritude absolument démentielle de la part de nos amis du groupe Sonic Youth. Leurs deux premiers albums ayant été nettement surcotés de ma part, je leur retire cette fois-ci une étoile dans un souci de rééquilibrage.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Gillar ju Sonic Youth, men det här var lite monotont. Helt ok helhetsintryck, men saknar höjdpunkterna som finns på några av de andra plattorna (Kool Thing!!)

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Gillar det, lite artsy men inte för mkt, bra punkig känsla

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Another one that I wanted to like more than I did. I liked some of the heavier bass riffs and instrumentals, but overall didn't quite click with me.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Rock alternativo oscuro. Me ha disgustado menos que el resto de los que he escuchado de SY. Ni fu ni fa.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

great rock album, interesting melodies but album seems kinda unequal

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Much less noisy than the other Sonic Youth releases that I got on this list, so, much more enjoyable. I'll not become a fan of the band and I don't consider them so relevant to stay with more than one album on the 1001 list, however, this is a nice album and it's a good way to spend 37 minutes.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

EVOL still has the rawness of early Sonic Youth records, but is a clear transition to a more alternative rock sound, leaving the noise rock and no wave sounds behind. Gondon's compositions, like "Shadow of a Doubt", are album highlights, just like every tracks with her vocals, like "Starpower", which sounds ominous and very post-punk in style. It shows a growing band, with still so much to create.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

Cacophonous, atmospheric and seductive in a way only Sonic Youth can really achieve. It's not as streamlined or as sonically rich as some of their later albums (Teenage Daydream, notably) but there is a raging energy to this that the grimier production complements

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

its like goth rock/punk a bit alternative and musically interesting but doesnt really listen very well to me

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

very rough around the edges (intentionally) kinda like a photo black midi with punk lyrics

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Weird one this because I wouldn't listen to it again, haven't added any tracks to the playlist... but it's very good

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

I get what they're doing here and I don't like it. Apart from Kim Gordon's tracks. But then that's Kim Gordon for ya - always Sonic Youth's underestimated MVP..

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

The opposite of "groovy". Cool. I enjoyed it more than "Goo", but it's still not driving me crazy. At certain points, unbelievably pretentious. Favorite tracks: "Tom Violence", "Death to Our Friends"

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

very dark, kinda ghotic album, didn't know sonic youth sounded like that. why would you be rude to nardwuar though you jerks

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Sun May 08 2022
3

I'm not a Sonic Youth fan. I listened to them a lot when I was younger, but after a while, they came to represent something I didn't like in rock music. They sounded like bored, disaffected rich kids. The noise in their noise rock wasn't visceral and energetic like that of contemporaries like Unsane or Big Black or Jesus Lizard. They didn't sound like the dirty underclass, they sounded like trustfund brats. Their music sounded like the soundtrack of waking up after three days of partying in a ritzy hotel with a nasty hangover and cigarette burns all over the carpet and wine stains on the drapes. But if I were to pick an era of Sonic Youth I did like, it would be early Sonic Youth. It was *more* urgent. It was *more* visceral. There were moments didn't sound blase. It still isn't my favorite... it's an artsy fartsy sort of noise rock that took the Velvet Underground's blueprint and amped up the emotional coldness without replicating the tunefulness that gave Velvet Underground a sense of balance so they actually felt like potentially likeable human beings. The biggest offender, though, is the production, There is a smothered, squashed sound to Sonic Youth's music while it would benefit from a lot more separation and dynamic range. If you're not going to commit to the heaviness of noise rock, don't compress it like you're making heavy music. The fuzziness of these recordings doesn't add anything to these songs and just feels like an artificial attempt to make the music sound warmer. I don't know, it's better than the buttheaded heaviness of Metallica, but as far as rock critic sacred cows go, I find less redeemable qualities than Radiohead, who I also find to be pretty overrated. I guess they're better than The Smiths, though. And Tom Violence slaps.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Like a bridge between Velvet Underground and grunge. Lots of spoken word.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

I hadn't heard this before and found it interesting hearing the band finding their sound, but it isn't an album I'll return to.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

5/10 Best So g - Tom Violence

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Sun Jun 05 2022
3

3/5. Not bad.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

6/10. Not bad, not memorable on a first listen.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Fulgte ikkje så godt med, men trur da va verdt et gjenlytt

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

like jo sonic youth men detta va ikkje da besta eg har hørt

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

C’est tres ´sonoc’ j’aime mieux ca demenage et il y a du bon rock la dedans. 3.5

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Having one Sonic Youth double album under my belt I wasn’t sure I was ready for another. I had a similar reaction to this as I did Daydream Nation. Some of the songs I kind of enjoyed. But I’m never really sure they’ll be ok to the end. There are interesting moments on this and I don’t mind hearing a bit of this now and then, but that’s about all the Sonic Youth I think I’ll be needing.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

This is fine. I don't really like it much but I'm not angry at it. It's catchy here and there but I don't think I'd choose to listen again.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

I still don't think that I am cool enough for Sonic Youth.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

I don't know why, but over the years, whenever I've heard the band name Sonic Youth, I've always pictured a bunch of friendly, happy kids performing at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. They are not that. These are dark and sullen kids. Turns out this was some of the worst road trip music I've ever played, but it definitely came up a point listening with headphones. I found it more cohesive, interesting, and listenable than Daydream Nation, but it's still not going in my library.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

Sonic Youth neutral

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Suenan bien pero sin pena ni gloria

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

El disc on Sonic Youth comencen a ser ells mateixos. Les melodies comencen a aparèixer, per suposat embrutades per tot el feedback de guitarra i la muralla de so i distorsió marca de la casa. Un grapat de bons temes, que donarien inici a l'etapa clàssica del grup

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Nothing new to say about this band. I don’t get the hype, I find it overrated, I think the number of spots they’re given on this list is crazy.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Pretty crazy but good I suppose

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Meh

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

I feel like I say this a lot about albums on the list, but just because I can appreciate the talent, vision, and uniqueness of a particular album doesn't mean that I really enjoy listening to it. I feel that way about a lot of Sonic Youth music. It's interesting, but not super enjoyable. 3 stars.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

I still don’t get that echoey and at the same time flat sound from 80’s rock but hey, as long as it doesn’t have synths I’m on board.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Didn't give it as much attention as I probably should have. Sounded pretty noisy though

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

quite chaotic for my taste

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

It is a weird type of music. I can listen to it, but I will not be a fan of it. It was decent, 3/5

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

It's sound and soundscapes for me. To my ear, sonic youth songs sound massive and expansive. Almost noise experimentation for noise experimentation's sake. I like it a lot, I think it takes the "wall of sound" in a grungy and even more experimentap direction (and they were ahead of grunge, so that deserves recognition). The guitars are being absolutely wrung dry for sounds! I think the album (and the band) certainly possesses artistic merit. I love the weirdness (in the kingdom #19 comes to mind for the barmy reverso noises), but it's definitely not for everyone.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

3. Some good some bad. Just kinda sounded like a group of somewhat talented musicians album

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

On some level I feel I never got Sonic Youth. This is OK, but nothing spectacular.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

A tricky album to get a hold off and whilst I enjoy Sonic Youth’s audio experimentation for the most part, I couldn’t find a way into this one - more impenetrable than the others, only brightened when Kim Gordon takes the lead.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

It was alright. Definitely not the run of the mill basic punk rock. Lots of drony, dissonant guitars which I felt kept it interesting. The drums were actual pretty awesome as well. 6/10

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Vieläkin oon vähän sitä mieltä että Sonic Youth on vähän tylsänpuoleista. 3/5.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Tätä levyy SY:ltä en olekkaan aikaisemmin kuunnellut! Onhan tässä jo ikäänkuin se SY:lle tyypillinen soundi ehtinyt muodostua. Toimii ihan hyvin mutta eipä tällä nyt kuuhun vielä pääse. 3/5

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

This is a tough one to rate. It starts out strong with Tom Violence and Shadow Of A Doubt, where I really like the guitar sound. It gets experimental. The spoken word In The Kingdom #19 is a welcome departure. Green Light gets weird, not in a good way, not necessarily a horrible way either, but in a disorganized noise-for-the-sake-of-noise way. And it continues through the beginning of Secret Girl, which has a cool, low key, horror film vibe during the second half. Marilyn Moore brings more experimentation that I enjoy because they are playing around with various sounds a guitar can make by altering the way they play it. They are expressing the instruments capabilities. The cover of Bubblegum brings a fun conclusion to the album. The bass is a highlight. The experimental aspects of this album are mixed, some good some bad. That’s what experimentation is all about. In the end, this is an album worth listening to.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Upon first glance, I was surprised this was on the list. I certainly know some Sonic Youth, but this is not among the Sonic Youth with which I am familiar. I know their late 80s and early 90s stuff best, but Sonic Youth was a band I had to go back and discover years later because it was too under-the-radar indie for me at the time. Slightly wrong generation. But not to worry, on two accounts. First, there are 5 Sonic Youth albums on the list! And second, an amazing album well-deserving of the 1001 list. I know some Sonic Youth, but clearly not enough, and after listening to "E.V.O.L." I'll certainly be going on a little Sonic Youth bender. Likely their most famous song, "Bull in the Heather," off "Experimental Jet Set," doesn't even make the list. A fantastic band well ahead of their time. But while they have such talent and potential, "E.V.O.L." wanders off and gets lost in the abyss a bit too often. When it's focused its phenomenal, but it can't maintain those highs. It doesn't need to be focused all the time, but there were too many extended segments of bizarre background noise or weird feedback. The best parts of both the focused and unfocused stuff reminded me of Priests, a DC band that put out two terrific albums in the late 2010s. They must have been heavily influenced by Sonic Youth, but I had never been able to place it before.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Love Sonic Youth, don't love this album. Experimentation isn't what it used to be.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

With an industrial sound comprising of screeching guitars, angsty lyrics, and the low almost spoken like lyrics allows Sonic Youth to peer into your soul with what is commonly referred to as their Goth record. By sharing the vocalists amongst the band, it gives EVOL a way to break up the record and creates a nice juxtaposition. Best: Bubble Gum Worst: Death to Our Friends

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

pretty good album.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Not my favorite Sonic Youth album by far, but I can dig what they were trying to do. 3.5/5.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Pretty fine punk album

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Die Musik erinnert mich an Placebo, aber da wo ich Melodien oder überzeugende Rhythmen erwarte, stoße ich meistens nur auf Lärm und Langeweile. Die Texte empfinde ich ebenso als lieblos, aber bei der massiven Discography lässt mich das Gefühl nicht los, dass die Band noch Potential hat. Nur deswegen verbanne ich sie nicht unmittelbar auf die schwarze 1-Punkte-Liste.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Not a fan

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

Cansei de dar nota 2 nas músicas... Se tem uma coisa q eu descobri ouvindo esses álbuns é q é mto difícil gostar de algo dos anos 80.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

So much noise 🙀

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

Didn’t like. Don’t see the appeal.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Meh.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

At first I was excited because it sounded like grunge, but it turned out to be pretty boring. It felt like they grabbed a random person from the streets and put her in the position of lead singer. No passion whatsoever. I read on wikipedia though that Sonic Youth influenced the development of grunge - so kudos for that. Two stars.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Never clicked with Sonic Youth, but I can see the draw and the uniqueness of them. Enjoyed the album but like always, nothing stood out.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

Waarom zou je dit soort naargeestige muziek willen maken?

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

Info voor de auteurs: Als een band 'credibly cool' is wil dat nog niet zeggen dat ALLE albums die ze gemaakt hebben automatisch briljant zijn en voor moeten komen in de lijst van de 1001 albums die je gehoord moet hebben voor je gaat hemelen.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

Nooit echt een lekker album gevonden van Sonic Youth

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

It's not really moving me. I'm not hearing a lot of variety in the songs.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Never got them. I’ve tried - it was passable noise

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Too much of it goes nowhere and the singer is a wet flannel.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Just a wall of noise. Not the worst thing I've ever heard but wouldn't go back to it.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Not entirely pleasant, but I appreciate their experimentation and it was interesting.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Hm, beim Autofahren gehört. Irgendwie ist da wenig hängengeblieben - vielleicht zu untecht...

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

A bit too avant garde for my taste - one for hard core music fans

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

I am not a big fan of the atonal noise-pop music of Sonic Youth, although there were a few tracks that I would listen to again: Starpower, In The Kingdom #19, and Bubblegum

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Sun Jun 13 2021
2

Better than some of the other Sonic Youth albums I've heard but still not a fan.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Quizás no estaba de humor para escucharlo pero se me hizo un toque difícil. No me disgustó igual.

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Sun May 23 2021
2

not their best

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

Not the best singing voices

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

A bit redundant and a droning whiny with a solid serving of punky. A bit monotonous

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Mon Aug 30 2021
2

I liked their other album we did better

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Nothing compelling here for me. Meh

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

Not a favorite. Just not my genre

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

A lot darker than one was anticipating.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

I know of Sonic Youth. I have heard a song or two in passing, but I can't tell you anything other than that they are a band. I have now listened to an album, and I'm still not sure what I can tell you about the band. I didn't hate anything on the album. I'm not sure what this music is, or who listens to it. I would give the band a second chance with a different album or track, but so far Sonic Youth does not seem like it's music for me.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

nah, not good. and the album cover freaks me out.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
2

First listen. Need to hear more. Ok.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
2

A bit too pretentious and arty for me, but can appreciate the experimentation. Didn't really have any tracks that resonated with me.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

I can respect this album for what it is, but it is way too avantgarde for me. Though I have never listened to Sonic Youth before, this almost feels like a "transitional" album in a way between crazy/experimental sounds and a more traditional pop structure (though I am not sure which way they are transitioning at this point in their career). For every moment that resembles an average pop song, you get a "In the Kingdom #19" or "Death to Our Friends" that is out-of-this-world weird (did like some of the instrumentals on DtOF though). The best song in terms of both sides of the spectrum was Madonna, Sean, and Me (although the ending has no right to be that long since it is just ambient noise), but I can't say anything here is fully clicking with me. I could see them progressing past this album, but I don't really have the desire to see what else they have done since 1986. 2/5. NOTE: Did listen to their top rated song on Spotify out of curiosity (Teen Age Riot), and it was much better than any of the songs on EVOL. They definitely went more pop (probably controversial based on everything else I heard today), but I feel they made the right move.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Les Sonic Youth recoltent ici un 2 pour l'ensemble de leur oeuvre musicale, leur présence à trois reprises dans la liste étant une honte absolue. C'est ce que je m'appretai à écrire, avant d'effectuer une dernière vérification sur le nombre d'apparition du groupe Sonic Youth dans la liste des 1001. Il se trouve que ce groupe revient à 5 reprises, c'est une boucle infernale, un cauchemar sans fin, un scandale d'état.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

A bit meh.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

1986. Starpower

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

Not my style

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

gnirob

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Thu Dec 30 2021
2

I said this a few reviews ago so I'm just repeating myself here, but 80s alternative from the US that doesn't come from Seattle is always lame. This is just shoegazey shit, high school garage band quality/talent. 2/5.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

I don't mind guitars being used to make noise and in the right context, when made by a skilled musician, it can really enhance a song. My problem with this album is they don't appear to have the basic requirements; they don't know how to write a song, can't really sing and the lyrics are trite. Kind of reminds me of when I first got an electric guitar, reverb unit and a tascam 4 track and would make lots of weird noise because it was fun to do. But every now and again my dad would come in and tell me to f-ing shut up with that bloody racket (he didn't actually swear, but I could see that's what he was thinking). Now in my forties, I think I can finally see where he was coming from.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
2

2nd listen. I don't get the reason for so many Sonic Youth albums on this list. For me, this one is just ok. 2/5

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

evol, huh? im open to it.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

2nd sonic youth album, also not my cup of tea. Too much ambient nothingness for me

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

Soniczna mlodziez z swoim trzecim studyjnym krazkiem evol z roku 1986 jest tym wszystkim czym moze tylko byc indyjskie granie w stylu post punkowym, wiec awangardowe brzmienie, ktore bedzie cechowala przede wszystkim charczaca gitarka poprzesterowana, diabelki w budce nagraniowej, jak na in the kingdom, wokale zmieniajace sie z minuty na minute, raz zenskie raz meskie wokale, to wlasnie wokale pani Kim Gordon sa jak dla mnie czescia nagrania ktora chcialbym z niego wyciac, dodatkowo jedyne dwa traki z ciekawie zagranym basem, to wlasnie te na ktorych Mike Watt ja zastepuje, na plejke dodam jeden z nich zamykajacy plyte bubblegum, ktory dodatkowo jest coverem, a nie orginalnym trakiem zespolu, bo co do kontentu lirycznego to jest on ubogi nie tylko ze wzgledu na to, ze traki takie krotkie i niezbyt obfite w slowa, ale jak przystalo na indyjskie granie jest mialko i o niczym robiac nawiazania do wszystkiego co sie da, wiec otwierajacy trak jest listem milosnym do pana Toma Verlaine, ktory byl frontmenem Television, ktorzy juz sie pojawili na plejce i pokazali, ze skape w liryke traki rowniez moga byc ciekawe, tutaj tego nie ma i gdyby nie bubblegum i in the kingdom, to te prawie 40 minut bym sie wynudzil, nie pamietam kiedy ostatnio hamerykanski album indyjsko punkowy tak bardzo wydawal mi sie nijaki jak ta plyta

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

Still not good. I don't understand the draw to Sonic Youth. Nothing worth listening to on this album

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

Well... after listening to 3 Sonic Youth albums, i can say that this is my favorite. The first 3 songs are not too experimental and sound like dirty/edgy alternative. Unfortunately it devolves quite a bit from there... and ends up sounding like a Sonic Youth album. A high 2.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

Dark, broody, and not much sense.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
2

Much noise, not-so-much substance. 2/5

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

This is the second Sonic Youth album to come up. My review of this album is essentially exactly the same as my first, which I shall quote verbatim here: "Listened to this earlier today and I do believe that I have forgotten every single last thing about it. It can't have been objectionable, but it sure wasn't memorable. "

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

Listened to it while doing stuff and didn't really notice it in the background. Thought it would be punkier.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Ah, my ex-husband's favorite. And one of the more painful concert memories I have. But let's try to listen with an open mind, shall we? Yeah, still don't love it. But more listenable than I was expecting. By the time I got to Bubblegum I felt like I had the hang of the album. I get why he liked it, he always was deeper than me. And more troubled and depressed. I prefer a little more order and optimism. I'm glad I listened to a whole Sonic Youth album carefully start to finish. I don't imagine I will visit it again.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

Really want to like this album, but it's not grabbing me.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
2

Nah, not interested

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Sun Apr 24 2022
2

Early Sonic Youth is pretty raw, dissonant, experimental and somewhat disturbing so it takes some effort to get into it. I must admit that I prefer their latter material such as Sister, Goo, Daydream and Rather Ripped which is more melodic and less dissonant. Its interesting that Wiki describes them as moving from their experimental No Wave roots to a greater pop sensibility because I only hear No Wave here and no pop at all.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
2

So many sonic Youth albums.... I give this one a lower mark because 1) it doesn't have the one or two power songs that I want to play loud in my car over and over or ride my bike to (though Starpower is in that mold, but like much of the album, lacks energy) 2) I'm just getting tired of The Sonic Youth sound - this the 4th album, of 5. For a band to have 5+ albums on 1001, you'd think the sound would evolve more than this (think David Bowie, Neil Young or even Elvis Costello) but they sound pretty much the same to me.

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Thu May 19 2022
2

Couldn’t find reason to push this higher when compared to other albums

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Mon May 23 2022
2

I came to the Sonic Youth party just a little late, and missed their first few LPs, including this one, the third in their catalogue, and the first to feature drummer Steve Shelley. His shuffle style is fundamentally important to the overall sound of the band, but on E.V.O.L. he’s still searching for his place. Likewise, the rest of the band have not yet completely found their signature sound yet either, making for a musically disappointing experience for this listener, an otherwise big fan. Melody isn’t at the top of Sonic Youth’s composition list to begin with, but I couldn’t locate a one in the bunch on this LP. I also found myself questioning the point of the ambience on ‘Secret Girl’ or ‘Death to Our Friends,’ as two examples. What significance does it play? How does it serve the song? Neither Thurston Moore of Kim Gordon’s vocals ever rose to the occasion, and Lee Ranaldo’s sole composition (usually one of the best on any of their LPs) was just ok as a spoken word performance, but I couldn’t discern a song amidst the din. Lastly, to include Mike Watt, the legendary Minutemen bassist, on two songs and not be able to even hear him kind of defeats the purpose of inviting him to play in the first place. This hurts me to write this review, because beginning with their very next LP and for the next three decades that followed, Sonic Youth put out some of the finest, most creative and enjoyable music around. Alas, I’m unable to give much E.V.O.L. for this one. Truer still, I couldn’t really find much to even E.K.I.L.

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