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Sonic Youth - The Eternal Review

Scott Newman
Scott Newman
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth has released studio album number 16!  How many bands do you know that have been together over 28 years & show no signs of slowing creatively? The Eternal is out now and I've got my copy direct from Matador Records, NYC. Here is a review of my favourite band.

This is an album of firsts. The regular members in Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo & Steve Shelley have been joined by ex-pavement guitarist Mark Ibold. Mark had been touring with the Daydream Nation (don't look back) tours and Rather Ripped gigs. He has now joined the group on the new album, full time. The band has made their first release since moving to the Matador Records label. Sonic Youth had been on David Geffen Records since 1990 when Goo came out. They also have their own label in SYR (Sonic Youth Recordings) & Thurston's Ecstatic Peace. Kim, Lee & Steve also have their own labels.

The Eternal is a deep Sonic Youth album as it is a bold return to Indie rock and roll. It is a huge reflection of the roots of the band. I think of it as a continuation of a journey through an experimental sort of alternative music that radio stations are afraid to play. That is a shame. Sonic Youth still remain underground even though they have a huge following everywhere in the world. Still, most people haven't a clue who they are?
I love the way that you cannot categorise their sound as it is so vast in atmosphere and structure that it can only come from their musical talent. The new album sports a new/old look of Thurston and Kim singing together in songs. Lee also has lyrical duty which is always a pleasure to have the three sharing songs as that is a huge part of the bands make up.
The joy of the album is that it progresses through the history of the band proclaiming the "eternal" sound of Sonic Youth. Showcasing the changes throughout their career and proclaiming that there is still a lot more to come as the creativity is still there.
Sacred Trickster starts the album off with the familiar Sonic Youth sound and paces through, making you feel warm about the almost 3 year break from Rather Ripped (June 2006) which is a long break between a SY record. Then gets hot with Anti-Orgasm. I must say again that I am a fan of the dual vocals in the album.
The experimental indie alternative edge is not compromised at all in the overall charm of the new songs. They also go well with new fans of the last four albums. While still paying homage to the more classic SY albums like Daydream Nation, Sister, Goo & Washing Machine.
The band updates their website regularly. They are also in constant communication with fans through social networking sites Twitter, Myspace & Facebook. You can find out more about them on the official website
The Eternal is the quintessential album that provides the essence of Sonic Youth’s vibrant career.  There are no signs of slowing for the creative expressway of the groups niche sound. I always look forward to a new Sonic Youth recording. The tour of the new album will be a must to see.

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