Sonic Youth were formed in 1981 in New York City and released the self titled first album in 1982. The Eternal is their 16th studio album and I have to profess at time of writing the first Sonic Youth album I have listened to. I dont know why but they are a band I have meant to listen to but never got round to untill now.
Having listened to this album I regret its taken 16 albums to get me to listen. My cousin is a big Sonic Youth fan and advised me to go and check out the following albums, Goo, Washing Machine and Dirty.
The Eternal a magnificent beast of an album – on 3 listens so far I have not managed to identify one track as being a filler track.
Im struggling to best describe their sound but the closest i can suggest is think Lemon heads but rockier and grittier. The songs are melodic and catchy but with an edge – Sonic Youth are renowned in music circles for the experimental side of their music.
The album has 12 tracks but if you download it from Itunes you get a bonus track called “Burning Shame”.
Stand out tracks for me are “Walkin Blue” and “Massage the History”. Im particularly fond of “Massage the History ” – this to me is a real grower of a track, scintilating soundscapes interweaved with Kim Gordon’s voice. There is something heartwrenching about her voice but at the sametime it captivates.
Thumbs up:- Its Indie Rock n Roll for me
Thumbs Down :-not mainstream for some