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The Eternal is Sonic Youth’s 2009 celebration of newfound freedom. After many years signed to an ever precarious corporate label, the band has been liberated and is releasing this CD with their friends at Matador. Inspirations ran high in preparation for the recording. Abandoning the time tested routine of writing and rehearsing a cycle of songs in one time ... Read more in Amazon's Sonic Youth Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B000003TA2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By O Waddock Hunt on 20 Dec. 2002
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Sonic Youth have been associated with a bewildering number of styles and movements over their 20 year history and whilst it a near impossible task to pick a favourite album out of their rich and varied oeuvre, ‘Goo’ is probably the best place for the uninitiated to start.
The last of five indispensable albums Sonic Youth released in the late 1980s, they had the good sense to ensure their first release with major label muscle behind it was also their most accessible. Their well-documented tendency toward feedback-drenched experimentation is held in check and forced into coherent 3-minute song structures.
But this temporary embrace of rock n’ roll conventions is solely on SY’s terms and in no way smacks of a sell out (Goo is often unfairly labelled as bubblegum punk by elitist SY fans) yet in it’s own way as adventurous and diverse any of its predecessors, the only constant being those expertly de-tuned guitars. Lyrically and musically all three of the band’s songwriters are at the top of their game: Kim Gordon manages to simultaneously trash the mythologizing of dead musical icons and pay tribute to heroine Karen Carpenter on ‘Tunic.’ Whilst Thurston Moore displays his long term love of hardcore punk on the abrasive ‘Mildred Pierce’ and the often overlooked Lee Ranaldo produces one of the finest songs on this or any Sonic Youth album in the form of ‘Disappearer.’
Like all great SY albums, Goo manages to simultaneously give an immediate pure noise thrill, whilst ceaselessly pushing the boundaries of popular music. Indeed by ceaselessly innovating for 20 years Sonic Youth have changed the face of ‘alternative’ music. Almost every significant band of the past decade is forever in their debt: Goo is the best place to begin finding out why.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Thomas VINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2010
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After hearing the odd riff by Sonic Youth I decided to finally give them a listen. A friend advised that this was the best album for a newcomer and told me all about the band such as the line-up and de-tuning of guitars. I'll tell you this much after one listen this is a band I'm getting into. I like the mix of rotating lead vocals, the varying lengths of songs - shorter rocky numbers mixed with lengthy songs and vastly different guitars. Stand out tracks are My friend goo, Tunic, Disapearer and Mildred Pierce. Anyone who like myself has yet to discover Sonic Youth I say get this album.
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People have raved about this album to me - I loved 'Dirty' and 'Evol' and quite liked 'Daydream Nation'. I found 'Goo' to have sporadic moments of interest but to be quite underwhelming. It's OK but certainly not the best Sonic Youth album I've heard. It's got all of their trademark sounds and vocals, but just seemed to be lacking in punch.

I've listened to this many times trying to 'get' it but none of it is really memorable in the same way that I find other Sonic Youth albums are. 'Dirty Boots' is a really strong opener, but nothing else seems to stick in the mind. I was really looking forward to hearing Public Enemy's Chuck D on 'Kool Thing' - he is undeniably one of music's most compelling lyricists and vocalists. So I was very disappointed to hear him reduced to just saying variations on "Yeah baby" and "Oh yeah" in the background - it could really be anyone. So that was a let down.

On the whole I find 'Goo' just quite 'meh', and certainly wouldn't advise it as an introduction to the band when I think there's much stronger stuff out there.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2001
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Goo is an album that banishes its ideas into a haze of feedback fog and then resurrects its semblences of songs onto the alt-rock dance floor. This time, Sonic Youth exchange a vaccum of noise for some structure. 'Dirty Boots' is the best first album track in recent history, really saying somethings started. The grooves of Thurstan's industrial grind are often meloncholy platforms for Kim's sweet voice...This sure-fire precurser to 'Dirty' wants to blow your ear drums and pinch your ass at the same time - buy it!
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I knew I would like this album - shimmering guitars, drop dead cool vocals, grunge and glitter intermingled and a song dedicated to the inimitable Karen Carpenter. It's not quite five stars for me - one or two of the tracks just don't quite cut it - but they might, given time and a few more listens.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Davies on 4 May 2006
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I have to completely disagree with the last reviewer. Nirvana fans will hate this record. They'll buy it and realise that Kurt Cobain wasn't that iconic after all. SY were the movers and shakers!

This album is aggressive youth, but not in a Daydream Nation proggy/punk way. This is a different aspect completely. Somewhere between the metallic drone and the beautiful noisecapes they create, they found a place on this record that is constantly surprising and re-defining their own style. A truly marvellous record.

Stand out tracks.. Dirty Boots -simply for the most catchiest riff SY came out with, Tunic (song for Karen) - the only record that could give a tribute to Karen Carpenter, slate the media and sound so cool in the same song, Mildred Pierce, for scaring the life out of me just when I was comfortable!

Great album, but not necessarily a good buy for a Sonic Youth virgin. For a good intro to SY I'd recommend getting Daydream Nation and Sonic Nurse.
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