Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising
3.6 Ranking: #71 for 1985
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2.5 averageNick Butler EMERITUS | March 24th 08

Some people would have you believe that Sonic Youth were at their peak before any of their canonical albums; that Confusion is Sex and Bad Moon Rising are more pure distillations of what made Sonic Youth so special than, say Evol or Dirty. They're idiots. Bad Moon Rising is largely a poor album made by a band who haven't yet found a solid ground on which to operate. It's unsure, unmemorable, and given what was to come in the two decades after this, underwhelming. Only "Death Valley '69" and "Brave Men Run (In My Family)" are worth salvaging.

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4.0 excellentSowingSeason STAFF | August 9th 10

To put it simply, Bad Moon Rising is no sing-along. It is ugly and abrasive; and even its emotions are expressed with the utmost absence of concern. This is anything but a typical Sonic Youth album, but it is also one of the most intriguing and rewarding listens they have to offer. If you have even a passing interest in dark alternative rock, Bad Moon Rising is an essential addition to your collection.


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4.5 superbRiviere | March 1st 13

Fucked up and spacey. Probably their most interesting work.

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3.0 goodMichael Freitag | August 26th 07

There is something inescapably barren and desolate about Bad Moon Rising, an ineffable, pervasive, gloomy darkness - and perhaps this is part of its attraction. This album is about as nocturnal as you get. The amazingly lo-fi, almost-in-tune aesthetic of the album simply adds to the experience somehow, and helps overcome the rather hindering simplicity of Sonic Youth's early writing. The album's flow is steady and droning, mostly quiet and afraid, though saturated with assertive, rallying yells and sensual moans that punch right through the heavy fog settled in throughout. The only real standout amongst the windswept wasteland is "Death Valley '69", aided by the shrieking, esoteric Lydia Lunch, though the hopefully dark opening riffs of "Brave Men Run" make a strong case as well.

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