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An album quite unlike any other in the colorful Sonic Youth canon, Bad Moon Rising captures the New York band in 1985 during its most morose phase, one that is quite forbidding yet fascinating all the same. The proper album is an eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant clattering percussion, and dreamy vocal mumblings, all of it woven together by sullen interludes of ambient noise.

It's a piercing capstone to an otherwise hazy album and is no doubt one of the highlights of Sonic Youth's overall output.

1. Intro (Sonic Youth/Bad Moon Rising)
2. Brave Men Run (In My Family)
3. Society Is A Hole
4. I Love Her All The Time
5. Ghost Bitch
6. I'm Insane
7. Justice Is Might
8. Death Valley '69

Product Details

  • Vinyl (August 30, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Recordings Group
  • ASIN: B005I6ASXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bresinger on November 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This would be album #2 by the best American rock band of the last 25 years. Actually, you can even scratch the "American" part, since no band in the last quarter century has been as influential or innovative. Sorry, Radiohead, I love ya, but Sonic Youth are the masters. U2? Don't even get me started.

On second thought, the "American" part might be appropriate for this release, which is among many other things a quasi-concept album about America, at least in an abstract way. Most of the songs bleed into each other, giving the impression of something larger going on. That would be at once accurate and off-base. Sonic Youth are a close-knit band, so ideas get passed around like a virus. A couple of years later, they were all reading the same science fiction novels and the result was a masterpiece, "Sister." "Bad Moon Rising" wasn't a conscious attempt at a concept album, but since it could easily be mistaken for one, why not? It gives people like me plenty to blather on about. It also helps when they call the opening instrumental "Intro." The album in general seems to be a view of the Heartland from the point of view of people who moved to New York an escape from it. The title, which isn't used in any of the lyrics, references the famous Creedence tune and seems to be a dire omen. An oblique comment on Ronald Reagan and "Morning in America"? Perhaps, but Sonic Youth are too wily to make simplistic political commentary. The lyrics are impressionistic, from "Society is a Hole" ("...it makes me lie to my friends...") to "Ghost Bitch" ("Our founding fathers land rite down/& Indian ghosts from long ago/They gave birth to my bastard kin/America it is called...") to the Manson family obsessing "Death Valley '69.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Bad Moon Rising is arguably the best Sonic Youth album that I own (their debut "Confusion is Sex" comes in at a close second). Straddling the chasm between sonorous ambient noise and demonic art-punk fury, BMR raises out of the ashes of these contradictions to create a vicious beautiful sound. One song sounds like a foghorn in a foggy New York City night, until the song finally evolves, like a mutant tadpole, into a coherent song. Death Valley '69 is an anthem to bad trips and the dark psyche of the Sixties. A keeper. Insane and delicious. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Borkus on June 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I think of Bad Moon Rising as Sonic Youth's "break-out" album. It's where the promise from "Brother James" on Kill Yr Idols and "Nature Scene" on Confusion is Sex begins to be fulfilled. It's not an album for the faint of heart - post Daydream Nation fans may find it downright abrasive. However, Bad Moon Rising is where the sound and essence of Sonic Youth takes shape - from the nightmarish noise of "Brave Men Run" and "I love her all the time" to the anthemic "Death Valley 69", this is where Sonic Youth really begins to take shape. Of their 80's releases, this album gives you the best idea of where Sonic Youth has come from and what they may still bring to the table. A "must have" for your SY collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Johan Luft on February 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Probebly the best album S Y ever done. It was my first Sonic product and my first contact with experimental music, I was amazed. The following year, Bad Moon Rising, sneaked in to my record player and cried out all that fury and anger that only Sonic could create. The opening tune, which is totaly instrumental takes the listener to the nest track, "Brave man run" and Kim Gordon, the bas, are letting us in to her mind. Every member of the band leaves an eternal voice behind and all that's inside of'em are expressed by their instruments and vocals. The most complex and creative record made in modern time. Bad Moon Rising got me in to similar music and a new world was exposed for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hagerman on March 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
this is the begginning of SY. where it all started to come together. a mix of beauty and pain, SY crank out this album full of noisy strangeness that pits them at odd with their own polor oppositions. the band is constantly fighting its own instincts and this breeds such beauty.
one reviewer (mordredd66) used the wonderful word pregnant when speaking of the emotions of this album. this album is a pregnancy that gave birth to indie rock in the nineties. it gave us all subsequent SY albums that were great (that is all albums prior to washing machine, for after that, this band dropped the ball)
this album is anything and everything and the possibility of both. not for the pop listener and not even for the light avante gardist. this is not to be taken lightly. this is not music but a force to be reckoned with and wary of. it is to be listened three times without interuption to be properly digested. this is music that may change your life. this is truly good music. THIS is sonic youth and THIS is just the begginning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By filterite on February 27, 2004
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After the claustrophobic nightmare ( I mean that as a compliment ) of Confusion is Sex came Bad Moon Rising. And yes it does seem quite a bipolar album. Not as scary as Confusion but then not as entirely mellow as their recent releases. It remains enigmatic though as while listening to this you get the sense of a strange calm with this CD and that's odd given the weird guitar noise that comes with this CD. Obviously the most accessible track here is Death Valley 69 with additional vocals from Lydia Lunch. It's good but what makes this album really good is it's sense of flow - there's no sense of upstaging the other one or the other track. Sure it has it's highlights but it doesn't feel like a disjointed album
I can ramble on about this album for ages because I really love it to bits.....this is the best I can do to try and review this album without running to the point of meaningless jibberish.....buy the album for yourself and see for yourself whether you agree with me or not
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