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Goo

7 Nov. 2005 | Format: MP3

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5:28
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6:22
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3:11
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4:06
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7:35
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2:19
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1:06
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6:26

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1990
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 1990
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 1990 Geffen Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 49:48
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  • ASIN: B001KEEWTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,533 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By O Waddock Hunt on 20 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
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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9 of 10 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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1 of 1 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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Having listened to Goo when it was released on tape cassette first time round, I thought it would be worth a Blast Last to find out how it stood the test of time particularly when compared to other similar bands from the same era.

The unique SY ingredients of boundary pushing mega-detuned noisenik guitars has never been bettered In My Honest Opinion. The role reversal vocals of Thurston's and Kim's imperious crassness is an aurally tuned aphrodisiac surfing the most exciting wall of melodious noise ever created, especially on their stadium fodder classics of Kool Thing and Dirty Boots. However the album throws out a whole bundle of other sweet sounding tracks in Mote, Disappearer, Tunic and Cinderella's Big Score that there are really never any dull moments to mention but plenty to reminisce.

At the same time Goo should be the Gemini twin of Daydream Nation - still both my favourites out of SY's discography by quite a margin - as this was the most unique and possibly most creative point in their history when they were customising their sound to break into the Indie mainstream with even a large chunk of an ITV South Bank Show episode in Feb 1989: http://youtu.be/l-2sb9DcgUI given over to their originality. To my mind Goo is the more accessible of the two albums, but you takes your pick as both are essential listening before the band's muse changed direction - and then fatefully their stock of customed tuned and modified cheapo guitars were stolen and with them the means to produce the truly best and unreplicatable music they ever made which this album so continually and wonderfully captures to this day.
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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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