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3.0 out of 5 stars dare I say it... overrated. Now hate me., 28 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: Daydream Nation (Audio CD)
I've been seeing a lot of fuss about this record recently, especially since Sonic Youth played it in it's entirety at a festival in the US this summer. I've had this record for quite a long time now, but I'm afraid the penny has never quite dropped for me. I keep returning to it every once in a while just to see if I'm ever going to join that legion of SY fans and critics who believe this is a masterpiece. To be honest, I don't think it's going to happen. I just don't really understand why it's this SY album that is considered to be so groundbreaking, when earlier records "Evol" and "Sister" are to my mind more varied, more interesting and even more revolutionary.

For me, Daydream Nation is a little one-dimensional. There is little outside of the same muddy and droning guitar sound, and the production is far less subtle and has less clarity than other SY releases. It's over-long, rambling and flat.

Sure, there are one or two "nice" moments, but on my favourite SY records there are more than a few moments that amaze me. There's only really one thing that grabs me on this whole thing, and that's the final part of "Trilogy". So not only is it the last track on the record, it's 11 and a half minutes INTO the last track of the record.

I'm happy for you if Daydream Nation floats your boat. Sure, I don't like it, but I love Sonic Youth, so this is just going to be the one that got away for me. I still own it, so I'll come back to it from time to time, but if like me, you don't love this record... there's plenty of other SY records that you probably will love. For me it's "Confusion is Sex", "Evol", "Sister", "Goo", and "Washing Machine".
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Initial post: 26 Jul 2010 18:32:22 BDT
Number one album on Pitchfork's "Top 100 80's album's". Just saying, me, I was never into the ~Youth~

Posted on 10 Feb 2012 11:27:41 GMT
Pen says:
I agree - I think Daydream is rated above EVOL simply becuase SY moved to a major label with this release, and hence more people became aweare of them.

Posted on 12 Feb 2013 19:02:56 GMT
Dermot says:
Totally agree! Got the box set in the hope that the performance would cut it. It didn't....
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