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dare I say it... overrated. Now hate me.
on 28 September 2007
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".