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Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation (33 1/3) Kindle Edition
|Length: 174 pages|
Top Customer Reviews
Matthew Stearns' book trips at the first hurdle by trying to over-emphasise the impact of the album, when it was impressive enough in the first place. His attempts to paint "Daydream Nation" as some horrifying, avant-garde monster just don't ring true for me. Yes, there are a few difficult moments on the album, but the vocabulary of this album has become such a part of contemporary music that I don't think anyone would be as weirded out at Stearns thinks they would be, particularly from a contemporary stand-point, as he appears to be implying.
However, after this initial grumble, we get stuck into some serious analysis of the songs, and it is here where Stearns excels. Whilst he is prone to the odd bit of flamboyant prose, he really knows what he's talking about and displays a genuine love of the album. It's just a shame that he couldn't let the album rest on its own laurels (of which it is clearly capable of), and had to over-hype it to a degree where it is occasionally un-recognisable.
There are exceptions, such as the story behind Providence.
Believe me, I was as excited about this book as you are. The best SY books I've read are Lee's Jrnls80s and Michael Azerrad's great book Our Band Could Be Your Life.
It seems that the 33 1/3 people get the wrong people to write these books. The Neil Young Harvest one was diabolical. Rant over.
Stearns writes in a personal, frank and humorous way, giving a true feeling for the songs' effects on the listener, rather than being overbearing with notations about the musicological structure. However, it does contain some new facts, as it is well-researched genuinely informative.
The only negative is the sometimes unnecessary over-analysis of decisions which were probably made by Sonic Youth with less thought than Stearns puts into analysing it. (I guess this does have a certain charm in keeping with his excitable writing style.)
Overall, this is a great guide to Daydream; I would recommend it to anyone interested in SY or the album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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