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Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped
Buy! - (SYR/Geffen)
The legendary New York rockers celebrate their 25th anniversary with one of their strongest albums in quite awhile. In some ways, it’s one of their most conventional releases: The songs are concise and almost poppy, with no extended noise jams (though there are still plenty of noisy bits). Nevertheless, it’s still very much Sonic Youth – the odd guitar tunings, the tension/release structure and loud/soft dynamics are all still there, but it’s all in more compact song form. And it’s the consistently strong quality of the songs that puts the album a cut above. 5/25/2006 - Don Yates
Other Sonic Youth album reviews:

The Eternal - 6/4/2009
Sonic Nurse - 5/17/2004
Murray Street - 6/15/2002
A Thousand Leaves - 5/15/1998