Sonic Youth
Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star


3.0
good

Review

by sr800bkBassist USER (3 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 50 replies | 9,112 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Released: 1994
Band: Sonic Youth

Band Members:
Thurston Moore- guitar/vocals
Lee Ranaldo- guitar
Kim Gordon- bass/vocals
Steve Shelley- drums

one the most innovative and evolving bands since the very early 80's, SY have influenced countless bands, from all genres. but this album is a huge turning point for SY.

Why? because of these reasons:
-one of the few albums not to feature Lee on vocals on any song.
-the first album to feature Kim soley on bass (she played guitar on few tracks on the previous albums, and Thurston would play bass on those songs)
-instead of the chaotic, raw, noisey rock of the first few albums, or the upbeat, electronic, punky "Dirty" and "Goo", this album took a turn for mellow experimental rock. thats right, they turned DOWN the feedback and bass distortion for this.
-this is the first album SY didnt tour for, due to Kim's pregnancy.

Due to the fact that this album has a lot of filler, I'm only going to review the individual highlight tracks.

2.)Bull in the Heather
this song features Kim on vocals. this was the first song i ever heard Kim sing on. the song begins with some clean tone guitars doing some light harmonics. only the lead guitar is distorted in this song, which is different for SY. the lead guitar work is very cartoony and bright, with an eerie rhythm guitar, rhythmic bass, and a very cool drumline done with only and basshead, snare, and maraca.

3.)Starfield Road
i love this one. its themed like the name. this track goes back to SY's earlier chaotic noisey style. just with the guitars, bass, and drums, they make a wave of noise that immitates the sound of engines, explosions, and beams. then halfway through the song, most of the crazyness drops down and the vocals start. the vocals are awesome too. great song.

5.)Screaming Skull
another reviving of their noisey sound, but the last one of its kind on the CD. some may label this song as repetitive, but i like it. very jumpy, and screechy. i like to plug in my guitar and jump around my room with this song.

6.)Self-Obsessed and Sexxee
this song has the grungier, punkier feel of the "Dirty" album. this is a good song, no doubt about that, but it lacks the strangeness and creativeness that other SY songs have.

8.)Androgynous Mind
this song is sweet. the only constant elements of this song are the rhythm guitar and vocals. the bass and lead guitar keeps doing random weird things that just appear and go away. you have to hear it for yourself to get what im saying.great great great song.

10.)Waist
a more energetic song. has a very "running" kind of feeling to it. as if it draws out and keeps running along. not much to say about this, but its a really good song.

13.)In The Mind of the Bourgeouis Reader
whatever "bourgeouis" means, i may never know. but this song kicks arse.
has a very "batman" sounding guitar riff, with loud thumping bass and drums. but what hinders this song is that its like "Self Obsessed and Sexxee". its too modern, with no usual SY antics behind it.

14.)Sweet Shine
another Kim song. this song is VERY out of place on this CD, but its very very good. its really peaceful and nice. kinda makes you think of a big field of flowers. very pretty song, and good album closer, since it wouldnt fit in if it were to be placed between two of their colder, more eerie songs.

all in all, this album may not be for everyone, but for those who are willing to give this CD a chance, will see that there is a whole lot to it. its definitely not for the casual listener. i'll give it two scores:

for the dedicated SY fan: 9/10
non-SY fan: 6/10

Good Sonic Youth Links:
[url]http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/tab/tuning.html[/url] (so many tunings :eek: )
[url]http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gear.html[/url] (any of you have this many guitars?)
[url]http://www.sonicyouth.com/videos/index.html[/url] (for those of you who havent heard too much SY, watch all the videos.
[url]http://www.sonicyouth.com/freestuff/index.html[/url] (teh free stuff)


user ratings (229)
Chart.
3.2
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other reviews of this album
(2.5)
music stands as bland as water, without any of the band's interesting flavour to heighten the concoc...

Shadowed Reflection (3.5)
This album is rather overlooked......


Comments:Add a Comment 
surfkauai
September 12th 2004



30 Comments


good review, i need to go get a SY cd.

sr800bkBassist
September 12th 2004



115 Comments


[QUOTE=surfkauai]good review, i need to go get a SY cd.[/QUOTE]
get "Goo" and "Daydream Nation" first. those two are great.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 12th 2004



826 Comments


I'm not a Sonic Youth fan, but good review. Keep your ratings x/5 though.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 13th 2004



2125 Comments


I've never really liked this album, but good review.

Kim looks pretty on the second cover.

sr800bkBassist
September 13th 2004



115 Comments


[QUOTE=br3ad_man]I've never really liked this album, but good review.

Kim looks pretty on the second cover.[/QUOTE]
the green one? thats cause the photo was taken around the "Goo" era, judging by the bass. she got ugly by the time this CD was released.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 14th 2004



2125 Comments


I was actually talking about the one under it...

bruise_pristine
September 14th 2004



66 Comments


:eek: Winners Blues and Doctors Orders are probably my favorite tracks from this album, I have to strongly disagree that they are only fillers. Anyway this is one of my favorite SY albums, it is a nice change from their pervious albums. My only complaint is that Lee is not featured on any of the vocals, but other than that this is an exceptional album.

[QUOTE=sr800bkBassist]the green one? thats cause the photo was taken around the "Goo" era, judging by the bass. she got ugly by the time this CD was released.[/QUOTE]

I've seen Kim in person and she is still attractive, you need to fix your eyes.

sr800bkBassist
September 14th 2004



115 Comments


[QUOTE=bruise_pristine]
I've seen Kim in person and she is still attractive, you need to fix your eyes.[/QUOTE]
meh, in the "Bull in the Heather" video, and every video after that (unless shes wearing sunglasses or make-up), she seemed to have a very stretchy looking face. as a matter of fact, in the Bull In The Heather video, she reminds me of my 7th grade science teacher. meh.

bruise_pristine
September 14th 2004



66 Comments


She has gotten older, that happens to everyone. That doesn't make her ugly, she doesn't have a physical deformity or anything that would disgust somone when the look at her.

sr800bkBassist
September 14th 2004



115 Comments


[QUOTE=bruise_pristine]She has gotten older, that happens to everyone. That doesn't make her ugly, she doesn't have a physical deformity or anything that would disgust somone when the look at her.[/QUOTE]
...but shes getting wrinkly now

i mean, shes 50! c'mon!

bruise_pristine
September 14th 2004



66 Comments


:lol: I know what you mean, but I wouldn't go as far as to say she is ugly.

sr800bkBassist
September 14th 2004



115 Comments


haha, ok fine, she's loosing her prettiness genes.


EDIT: wow, this is actually getting posts. the only other review ive done that actually got more than a few posts was an RHCP review. all my other ones faded away after a day :cool:

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 15th 2004



2125 Comments


That's a good way of putting it.

Kaden
September 15th 2004



222 Comments


[QUOTE=sr800bkBassist]13.)In The Mind of the Bourgeouis Reader
whatever "bourgeouis" means, i may never know.[/QUOTE]
It means middle class.

sr800bkBassist
September 15th 2004



115 Comments


[QUOTE=Kaden]It means middle class.[/QUOTE]
oh, ok.

now it makes sense when you think of the lyrics.

sr800bkBassist
September 20th 2004



115 Comments


i just updated this with links on equiptment, tunings, videos, and free stuff.

Shadowed Reflection
October 7th 2004



274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

apperently this album is the most popular of all time according to some rock encyclopedia. I always thought daydream nation was better.

Badmoon
October 7th 2004



384 Comments


Great review :thumb: I only have four S.Y. albums (probably the most known ones too), but I have heard "Bull In The Heather", which is a great track. I may buy it when I gets some money.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
October 7th 2004



2125 Comments


Only four?!?!?!? :amaze:

Badmoon
October 7th 2004



384 Comments


Sister, Dirty, Daydream Nation, Goo :confused:

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