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Goo

Goo

25 Jun 1990
4.5 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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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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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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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 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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After the release of their masterpiece Daydream Nation , SY return with this amazing album . Energetic , loud , aggresive and emotional .

From the moment it opens up with the classic Dirty Boots , it never looses its energy and its sheer amazingness . Tunic is an extremely emotional song featuring some of those much loved Kim vocals . Mary Christ and Kool Thing make u dance around and WOO-HOO and Lee's Mote doesnt spoil the party as it features an amazing tune , complicated lyrics and that good old feedback which made SY so famous. We move on to My friend Goo , a cheecky sort of a tune , very silly but gets u into that dancing happy mood i said before . Dissapearer and Cinderella's Big Score are simply excellent , simply brilliant i just dont know what to say about these songs . Titanium Expose is a great tune too , nice guitar work from Lee and Thurston .

My only complaint is Mildred Pierce which is ok but the album could do whithout it and Scooter and Jinx is kinda pointless , its just noises delaying Titanium Expose .

Otherwise an amazing album which although SY'S most accesible , doesnt manage to sell out and ROCKS

buy it
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For me, my first Sonic youth album and still the best ( "sister" coming a very close second ). The Parents of countless Lo-Fi, Alternative, Grunge bands they have been pluggin away now since around '82 (yeah, I know- that puts them, like, in their 40's or something!). Its not even a matter of being ahead of their time- no band was really close to their sound then and short of a few pretenders today (the dissonant but rather on-dimensional Placebo) they are still a unique treat. Along with 'Sister' (also highly recommended) this album seemed to herald a turn away from the looser, more wandering early stuff (Daydream Nation- many peoples favourite) towards more punchier, scratchy and raw sound. At the same time their songwriting blossomed into a true cooler than cool phase.
Get some headphones, turn out the lights and wallow in the deep, rich layering of guitars and distortion this album contains.
A great place to start for the sophisticated 'alternative' mind looking to flex those aural muscles a bit.
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