Sonic Youth
Goo


4.5
superb

Review

by AggravatedYeti USER (46 Reviews)
June 7th, 2010 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sonic Youth of the fat-free variety.

It must be hard to follow up a classic. As clichéd as it sounds, I’d imagine it was a pretty legitimate concern when recording Goo. Maybe not for the band itself, but certainly for everyone else. Justifiably so, Daydream Nation is a beast of a record, one few bands would want as the measure to their proceeding albums(s). But Goo is not Daydream Nation, and that is not a bad thing.

As a whole, Goo chocks up to a concoction along the lines of SonicYouthLite, but not in the sense that it’s watered down SY; but a compact, fat free, flowing collection of pedal happy art punk. All the sounds they had been toying and experimenting with over their first decade are active on Goo, while their distance from those jammy roots increased. The LP may be more structured than their earlier work but this is still a raucous, adventurous and sonically abrasive album -- so a great SY record. “Dirty Boots” is one of their best openers, “Tunic” is a buzz heavy rip that sounds like a lost track from the Daydream sessions. “Mote” is a superb mid section crux, showcasing one of Lee Renaldo’s best performances. Exiting in a roar of reverb the song streamlines the album to it’s experimental backend from it’s semi-structured first half. While the bombastic ending suite of “Cinderella’s Big Score,” “Scooter + Jinx” and “Titanium Exposé” would give any of their walls of riff heavy fuzz a run for their money.

By the time the second half of Goo kicks in, the effects are on full display, the distortion towering and Sonic Youth are their usual, loud, screechy selves. This less than delicate balance between the buzz and the tunes it what helps the album flow as well as it does. While not as demanding or hard-hitting as some of their better releases, Goo is still a concise, convincing collection of reverb happy guitar rock with an arty penchant for fuzz proving SY could producing something very worthwhile with a little structure. So I guess SonicYouthLite really isn’t that bad after all.



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AggravatedYeti
June 7th 2010


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is better than Dirty

so yeah.

MoteMoteMote

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2010


32190 Comments


I was just about to say that I doubt Sonic Youth worried about matching the hype, until I read:

Maybe not for the band itself, but certainly for everyone else.

Review's great, I just find this album slightly less amazing than you do

AggravatedYeti
June 7th 2010


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can dig that.



this has recently started to really click, its up there with Daydream, EVOL & Sister

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2010


32190 Comments


Personally i'd put this on par with Sister, with EVOL looking down on them. And then Daydream looking down on all of them

AggravatedYeti
June 7th 2010


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

same here, nice. Murray St. at a close 5th honestly.

kount
June 8th 2010


1279 Comments


album is solid and mote is like top ten fav sy songs

robin
Emeritus
June 8th 2010


4516 Comments


oh goo.

AggravatedYeti
June 8th 2010


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

up that rating robin.

Meatplow
June 8th 2010


5524 Comments


Not all that fond of Sonic Youth, sometimes I am in the mood for this though.

Murray Street is my favourite of theirs

Jonathan10
June 8th 2010


760 Comments


I like this album.

AggravatedYeti
June 8th 2010


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sing out tonight, the empty page



shits so good, mmmm

Meatplow
June 8th 2010


5524 Comments


gave this a relisten for the hell of it

Dirty Boots, Kool Thing and Mote rule. I could give or take just about everything else

AggravatedYeti
June 8th 2010


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

those are easily the best three. Mote is probably one of my favorite SY songs.



they just play with the noise so appealingly on this record. I mean its all pedal wankery at the end of the day. BUT I LOVE IT.

BigHans
June 8th 2010


29378 Comments


Havent heard the whole thing but I like to listen to Kool Thing while staring lustily at my sneakers. Good review.

Meatplow
June 8th 2010


5524 Comments


Chuck D's appearance always baffled me

"Yeaaaaah"

AggravatedYeti
June 8th 2010


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cause hes so kool

AggravatedYeti
November 25th 2010


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

would they be tr00 fans then?

I don't know many people who are still riding the anti-Goo train.

SteelErectedb4you8er
November 25th 2010


2620 Comments


Fans that did ride the anti-goo train should be kicked in the balls and gets their titties twisted.

AggravatedYeti
November 25th 2010


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed.

100%

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
April 23rd 2014


14983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

someone flag this



tunic rules



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