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Goo

Sonic YouthAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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The Eternal is Sonic Youth’s 2009 celebration of newfound freedom. After many years signed to an ever precarious corporate label, the band has been liberated and is releasing this CD with their friends at Matador. Inspirations ran high in preparation for the recording. Abandoning the time tested routine of writing and rehearsing a cycle of songs in one time ... Read more in Amazon's Sonic Youth Store

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000003TA2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After spending the 1980s terrorizing the underground alternative scene with their oddly tuned guitars and inventive song structure, this New York City art-punk band started the next decade with a major label deal and a determination to make rock loud and sexy for all concerned. The single "Kool Thing," which features a cameo from Public Enemy's Chuck D, immediately proved they had both the dynamic control and the range to meet such a challenge. Backed by an album of taut, riff-driven anthems ("Dirty Boots," "Titanium Expose") and moments of extended feedback bliss (Lee Ranaldo's "Mote"), Sonic Youth redefined what hard rock would sound like in the '90s. It's no wonder Nirvana respected them so. --Rob O'Connor

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New word for Orwell: Doubleplusgoo! April 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This would be album number six (depending on your counting method) by the Greatest American Rock Band of the last 25 years. This particular edition is a super-deluxe two-disc reissue of the album. whether you're a fan of the original version or a curious newcomer, this is definitely the version to get, unless you have budgetary concerns, in which case the original will do just fine. Still, my motto is: "if you're going to go for it, go all the way!" I realize that's a moronic cliche, but in a country in which morons like Kevin Federline are more famous than Sonic Youth, sometimes it's rewarding to dumb down. I'll save the lecture about the ethical implications stemming from this for later. Now's the time for "Goo."

"Goo" found the band at the apex of their "pop culture can be fun" phase from the late 80's/early 90's, when they started dressing more fashionably (well, at least Kim Gordon did) and started storming MTV and the then-burgeoning alt-rock radio format. It's also no coincidence that "Goo" was also the band's official major label debut ("Daydream Nation," which was released by the indie Enigma, had major label distribution). Thus begun their long association with DGC, an album that at one point was rumored to be called, um, a slang term also known as a "Lewinsky." The music was also getting slightly poppier as well. Of course, for Sonic Youth, "pop" meant taking a standard verse-chorus-verse structure and slathering it with their trademark oddly-tuned and feedback-spewing guitars. They also embraced pop-cultural themes, or at least those that resonated with them. The album's lead single, "Kool Thing" reflected Kim's post-feminist fascination with the male bravado of hip-hop.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic noise and alien grooves March 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Inspired by the New York art scene, Sonic Youth bludgeoned their way into the rock and roll world courtesy of SST Records, which handled all their material up to "Goo", which is now considered an alt-rock classic.

Sonic Youth specialize in a peculiar blend of detuned and unconventionally tuned guitars, swirling in feedback, distortion and volume. Far from being nothing but a metallic shriek, SY somehow manage to work in bits of beauty, albeit the kind that extra-terrestrials probably dig, a solid beat thanks to Steve Shelley, one of rock's best drummers, and vocals that scream, moan, whisper and croon.

"Dirty Boots" opens with an almost ethereal intro until bassist Kim Gordon bulls her way in with fuzz bass and Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo slam away at their guitars, creating sounds that captivate as well as maim.

We progress through a homage to Karen Carpenter (!?), a guest rap by Chuck D. and a glorious feedback symphony with "Mote" that churns and burns, making the listener fear his stereo may overload and combust into flames.

"Disappearer" is the most accessible tune before closing with "Scooter + Jinx" and "Titanium Exposure".

"Goo" and Sonic Youth are not for the faint hearted. Music should reflect all our emotions and SY, with every release, somehow capture the sound of chaos, the beauty of parallel worlds and lyrics of urban life. The fact that they have survived for a couple of decades now shows that there is a need for this special kind of noise in each one of us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars review from Synthesis October 25, 2005
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Released in June of 1990 as the follow-up to Daydream Nation - the album that placed Sonic Youth at the top of the late `80s independent rock scene - Goo was the band's major label debut with Geffen. Given the Deluxe Edition treatment, this pivotal work is now available in a remastered form with bonus tracks and a second disc of extras.

The original album - nicely freshened up by John Golden - is strung together with heavy doses of Sonic Youth's signature dissonance; however, the bizarre tunings and jagged distortion are crammed into tight song structures, making this one of their most accessible efforts. Essential tracks like "Dirty Boots," "Mote" and "Kool Thing" (featuring Public Enemy's Chuck D) may be dated, but remain potent, assaulting rock clichés with an art-school cynicism.

The Deluxe Edition package includes widely bootlegged 8-track demos from Goo featuring Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis and a handful of unreleased tracks. The demos aren't wildly different than the finished product, but they do provide a more immediate and raw take on the songs. And of the previously unreleased material, only "Lee #2" - a stripped down, poetic outtake written and sung by guitarist Lee Ranaldo - is particularly noteworthy. However, the liner notes make for a good read, providing a nice snapshot of the group at that tumultuous time in pop music history.

Goo may not be Sonic Youth's best, but it's undoubtedly an important album in their career and proves that an experimental underground band could make the major label jump without sacrificing their credibility. For that reason alone, it's nice to see Goo get paid the respect it deserves.

James Barone

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth at their best, need I say more? April 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ok, so yes, this is an album hated by an important part of the Sonic Youth fans cos its said to be the sellout one... I dunno... it may be a sellout deal, but the music is definetely S.Y.! Even better, this is not just the usual cacophony based on Glenn Branca we all love and know since the Sonic Youth EP hit some stores. This time there's melody (the good kind of!) all around the place (The chorus in "Mote"!), all the mallet guitar techniques and the crazy feedback-chimes take unto a whole new concept here, ridden by Kim's ever-excellent bass playing into Steve's paws. I am finding it hard to describe how much of a superior album this one is among the others. It fills the air with excitement, coolness, a soft sexuality and most of all, freedom. It is excactly what you need when you know its gonna be a long day. Every song is a new door, with an infinity of new things to see behind it... I can only think of ONE way to make this album better than flawlessly divine would be adding "The Diamond Sea" (from Wasing Machine) to the track list.
Hope this can open your eyes to the best in music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing record. CD sounds better that inline
Sonic Youth at the height of their brilliance. Amazing record. CD sounds good but the new remastered vinyl sounds bettah!
Published 11 days ago by Greg67
1.0 out of 5 stars HO HUM
AGAIN we get the low down on boredom
r.c gave it zero out of fifty but the village voice is deaD
Published 5 months ago by GCD
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite SY record
i was a kid when goo came out
i had heard of them through kids i knew at school
but admittedly i got into them after i saw the video
for dirty boots on MTV's 120... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Melyssa
5.0 out of 5 stars Best US punk band who are Criminally underrated
I am shocked at how few reviews there are of GOO.

I consider Sonic Youth as the BEST band from the US that an be considered punk or grunge.

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Published 14 months ago by con kangas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
A must for any Sonic Youth fan or if you want to listen to something from SY for the first time.
Published 18 months ago by Kevin Toledo
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Impression
Maybe it is just me but when I searched vinyl record I thought that when this was the first thing that came up that, that is what I would get but instead I got CDs.
Published 21 months ago by Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars best Sonic Youth album
for over 20 years, i've had this album in all it's formats. the special edition with extra songs is to die for. i've listend to this disc hundreds of times and never tire of it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by John B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Effort
For the first time, the band presented a recording to the public where the instruments could be heard clearly and distinctly, with power and punch. Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by Scott McFarland
4.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting to read about the recording process..
I'm reading a bio of the band right now by David Browne. It's really good, if you're wondering. Totally have to read it if you're so inclined. Read more
Published on August 4, 2012 by Thomas Carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sonic Youth Album
Released in the summer of 1990, this album was a staple on college radio during the early 1990's while its videos were played heavily on "120 Minutes" on MTV. No wonder ... Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by Chad Radford
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