Wednesday, July 16, 2008

631. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (1988)

Track Listing

1. Teen Age Riot
2. Silver Rocket
3. The Sprawl
4. 'Cross The Breeze
5. Eric's Trip
6. Total Trash
7. Hey Joni
8. Providence
9. Candle
10. Rain King
11. Kissability
12. Trilogy: a) The Wonder
13. Trilogy: b) Hyperstation
14. Trilogy: z) Eliminator Jr.


If ever there was an album which was quite hard to digest this is it. I really like it but after listening to it some 9 times in the last 3 days, and having heard it before, I still feel that each time I listen to it there is something else to get here.

Firstly it is really long, secondly it is cohesive to the point of sounding like one long modulated track, almost like a symphonic suite, thirdly it is full of soundscape moments mixing noise and beauty to a level which is even more successful than their previous attempts.

It is a great album, but one in which it is actually hard to select stand out tracks, it works as a whole, better than many so called "concept" albums, never being boring or samey, the band and their sound is the concept here. Something to be experienced slowly and to let sink in for days.

Track Highlights

1. Candle
2. Teen Age Riot
3. Kissability
4. The Sprawl

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

In the years following its release, Daydream Nation has risen in stature to become one of the most highly-regarded albums of the 1980s, receiving much critical acclaim and appearing on many "Best-of" lists. It was ranked #1 in Pitchfork's top 100 albums of the 1980s, 14 in Spin's "100 Greatest Albums, 1985–2005". In 1989, it was ranked #45 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 329 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2006, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 2006, the album ranked as the highest rated alternative album of 1988 on Sputnikmusic.

Teen Age Riot:

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