Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation



by Dark Hero USER (5 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 368 replies

Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

#329 on Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums Of All Time List

Kim Gordon - Vocals, Bass
Thurston Moore - Vocals, Guitar
Lee Ranaldo - Guitar
Bob Bert - Drums
Mike Watt - Guest Vocals on Providence

Track Listing:
1. Teen Age Riot
2. Silver Rocket
3. The Sprawl
4. 'Cross The Breeze
5. Eric's Trip
6. Total Trash
7. Hey Joni
8. Providence
9. Candle
10. Rain King
11. Kissability
12. Trilogy: The Wonder/Hyperstation/Eliminator JR

This is Sonic Youth's 5th album released in 1988 on Geffen records.
This is definitely my favorite Sonic Youth album and it's the album that
got me into them. This album may not appeal to mainstream rock
listeners at first but after a few listens you will start to appreciate it. I will
now review this album track by track.

1. Teen Age Riot - This is my favorite song on the album and probably
my favorite song by Sonic Youth, I think this was their first hit single on this
album. The song starts out with some mellow guitar chords and you can
faintly hear Kim's vocals in the background talking about a game of tag.
After that is where the song really kicks in with some really crunchy guitar
riffs which are used through out the song. Overall it is a great song, a bit
repetitive but really worth a listen. 5/5

2. Silver Rocket - Another one of my favorite songs on the album. It starts out with a weird guitar riff that leads to a real thrashy sound, which isn't bad, after all they are Sonic Youth :-), about half-way through the song there is some really weird and distorted guitar noices that last for about a minute then the song kicks in with the same thrashy sound, the lyrics are pretty humorous and there is a really catchy chorus. 5/5

3. The Sprawl - The song starts out with Kim singing some of the weirdest lyrics I have ever heard, "To the extent that I wear skirts and cheap nylon slips, I've gone native, I wanted to know the exact dimension of hell, does this sound simple? Fuck you! Are you for sale? Does 'Fuck you' sound simple enough? This was the only part that turned me on, but he was candy all over." What the hell? I think the lyrics are about an actual experience but i'm not sure, but the lyrics don't make the song, the lyrics for the chorus are catchy also, Overall, it's great. 4/5

4. 'Cross The Breeze - The begining of this song is mostly melodic, there is no singing at the begining just melodic guitar chords for the intro, then it gets to more of a heavy sound which leads to Kim's vocals and strange lyrics. Towards the end of the song is my favorite part because it starts to get back to a more melodic song. Overall, not a bad song at all.4/5

5. Eric's Trip - On this song Lee sings, it's pretty much your basic Sonic Youth song except Lee is on vocals, there is lots of fuzzy guitar sounds toward the end just like most Sonic Youth songs. Overall, a pretty good song. 3.5/5

6. Total Trash - The begining of this song reminds me of a Smashing Pumpkins song even though there is no Pumpkins song that starts out like this, Anyways, Thurston sings this song which is good because Thurston is my favorite vocalist out of Sonic Youth and he sings rather good on this song, This song is another one of my favorites on the album, great lyrics, great guitar, great bass, etc. 5/5

7. Hey Joni - This song starts out with some really weird noices then it kicks really loud and it suprised my the first time I heard it, its's another song with loud, noisy, distorted guitars and overall great lyrics. It also features Lee again on vocals. 4/5

8. Providence - This song features Mike Watt on vocals. The song starts out with distinct piano playing through out the begining of the song then when Mike Watt starts talking it sounds like something from an answering machine, very weird, it's not really a song so I wont rate it.

9. Candle - Thurston sings in this song, the song starts out with some very melodic guitar playing through out the intro then kicks in with a suprise just like most Sonic Youth songs, the lyrics on the first verse are almost undecipherable or they might be undecipherable because I cant figure out what they mean. Overall, I like it, it is good. 4/5

10. Rain King - This is another song sung by Lee, it starts out a loud with fuzzy guitar noices through out the whole song. There is not much to this song other than the awesome distorted guitar noices and the weird lyrics, Overall, it's still a good song. 3.5/5

11. Kissability - This song features Kim on vocals, her lyrics are really good in this song, it shows she can really write a good song when she wants to. I really dig the lyrics. 4/5

12. Trilogy: The Wonder - This song starts out with some weird guitar slides that lead to a weird guitar riff that I really like, I also really like Thurston's vocals in this song, it really fits well with everything else.
Hyperstation - This is probably the weirdest part of the trilogy, Thurston is singing about dreams that he has had and it's the song where he mentions Daydream Nation in his lyrics, I also dig the weird guitar riff that fits well with Thurston's vocals. Eliminator JR - This song starts out with a weird punk guitar sounding riff that is used used in parts of the song, the end of this song is also very cool. I rated the trilogy as one big song. 5/5

I highly recommend this album for a person who is just getting into Sonic Youth and to any Sonic Youth who doesn't have it. Sorry I couldn't make a long discription for each song, it would be hard to make each discription sound different. I think a mainstream rock listener will somewhat enjoy this album, but for a Sonic Youth fan, I give this album a 5/5

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Comments:Add a Comment 
September 25th 2004


Nice review DH. This is a great album.

This Message Edited On 07.25.05

September 25th 2004


"Rain King" and "Eric's Trip" are amazing. two of my favorite SY songs.

EDIT: why hadn't anybody reviewed this until now?!

September 25th 2004


Teenage Riot, Total Trash, Candle and 'Cross The Breeze are very well done in my opinion. Some of my favorite SY tracks.

Not SY's best, but still very good.

September 25th 2004


I thought "Eric's Trip" was one of the best songs on the CD, oh well, to each their own. This CD is good but it doesn't get a perfect rating from me because most of the songs are unnecessarily long. 4/5

September 25th 2004


a lot of the songs sound the same, but the sound of the album itself is unique. i give it a 4.5/5

September 25th 2004


Yeah good review, this is high up on my list of albums to buy so I'll hopefully get it soon.


Shadowed Reflection
September 28th 2004


Album Rating: 5.0

someone review goo please, i want that album.

Shadowed Reflection
November 16th 2004


Album Rating: 5.0

Teenage Riot is my fave SY song of all time next to Wish Fufilment

November 16th 2004


Overall album wise i think it's their crowning achievment. I don't think that it's their best album and their best songs are kinda spread all over other albums. If you like sonic youth than get their lastest album nurse. It's thier best full album since dirty. And that's saying a lot since they have had albums like Washing Machine since then.

November 16th 2004


[QUOTE=Shadowed Reflection]someone review goo please, i want that album.[/QUOTE]
Just get it. It's a great album of theirs. I need to get it too, cause my tape of it was lost a few years ago.

Dimes Make Dollars
November 16th 2004


"Eric's Trip" = underrated

November 16th 2004


[QUOTE=NachoChez]"Eric's Trip" = underrated[/QUOTE]
that and Rain King = best SY songs.

Shadowed Reflection
December 15th 2004


Album Rating: 5.0

[QUOTE=GrungeLives93]a lot of the songs sound the same, but the sound of the album itself is unique. i give it a 4.5/5[/QUOTE]

Agreed, a lot of the songs sound the same, but i like that. The sprawl, candle and teenage riot are my faveourite songs. I give it 5/5

Dried Muffin Remnants
April 14th 2005


Teenage Riot was an unbelievable song, and really got me into that band. Their dissonant sound really made them ahead of their time. And also, after each album, they became more experimental. THis is an EXTREMELY underrated band, IMO.

July 25th 2005


[quote=sr800bkBassist] why hadn't anybody reviewed this until now?! [/quote]

I'm almost positive Asa (Birds of Fire, BirdsofFires, etc.) wrote a review back when CD reviews was a sub-forum.

December 17th 2005


[quote=Review]This is Sonic Youth's 5th album released in 1988 on Geffen records.[/quote]


First off, this is Sonic Youth's 7th album. Their first, Sonic Youth, though thought of as an EP, is considered a full LP by the band.

Second, this was not released on Geffen in 1988. It was released on Enigma in the US and North America, and Blast First in Europe. The later compact disc and cassette reissues were, however, released on DGC (David Geffen Company) and Mute in 1992 and 1993.This Message Edited On 12.16.05

Two-Headed Boy
May 22nd 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

pwnd x3 lawl

Average review.

September 6th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I disagree with most of this review. "Erics Trip" and "Rain King" are some of the best tracks off the album and I really dislike most of the Trilogy, especially "Hyperstation."

October 27th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

I really dig the review, except I wouldn't give Total Trash a 5/5, but it's still a good song. I love your view of Trilogy. Nice review!

The Jungler
February 16th 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

They played Teenage Riot as a double encore last night.

Thurston just comes on the stage and says: "To quote Christina Aguillera when she won a Grammy two years ago [in sappy girl voice] 'you guyyys'", and then just started playing. It was pretty much perfect and the 7 minute feedback solo at the end was incredible.

They also played Candle as far as this album goes.This Message Edited On 02.16.07

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