Unlike the reviewer below I came across this album at the tender age of 14, and was at that point a Morrissey wannabe! That all changed, though not immediately... I was lent a tape with Evol on one side and SY's follow up Sister on the other side. I had never heard anything like this music before, but it slowly captivated me until it became my muse and guiding light of my teenage years. Less rock n roll that Sister, Evol is more poetic, freeform and haunting. Sonic Youth for the first time demonstrated a truly unique blending of guitar and feedback textures and melodies, with wierd sounding gtrs,a bass and drums shifting behind poetry and songs. There was always something mystic about Evol, I feel it is a serious album. Not a lot of that ironic thing that they went through later. At first I was scared of Evol! I thought Sonic Youth were a horror band! (Who could believe that Huey Lewis and the News could come from the same time and place?) Evol is psychological. Extreme negativity, doubt and also ecstatic peace and hope. It describes emotional hurricanes - as Lydia Lunch might say - but has a dreaminess too. And what are these emotions? They are grey areas not well expressed by rock and pop music. Are there love songs here? I don't know! There is no A&R for this music! Sonically, it could never have been recorded digitally, it has a special warmth. It sounds dated to me now, but it sounded dated when I first heard it. Future dated or timeless.