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Never Really Understood Why...
on 9 June 2017
Never really understood why die hard SY fans consider this album to be anything other than OK in parts but generally weak and far too commercial.
Sonic Youth are my all time favourite band, and I consider the albums which bookended "Daydream Nation" to be outstanding and among their finest.
I try to revisit this album every few months, in the belief that I may suddenly have an epiphany moment, and realise I was wrong and that this is an excellent SY album. It's not happened as yet.
I can't help feel that this was a sellout in order to gain wider acceptance pending a contract with a major label.
There are definitely some songs that rise above the others in their construction, but generally I feel this is a mediocre alt. rock album
with none of the detuned sonic exploration/ experiments that SY excel at.