Dirty (studio album) by Sonic Youth
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The best album by Sonic Youth is Daydream Nation which is ranked number 71 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 19,306.
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A bit of an up and down album in terms of quality as the best songs are scattered amongst quite a bit of filler but they do a great job in maintaining their style and atmosphere. Due to this the record feels very cohesive and so it is quite easy to just glide right through this record. The guitars are great as well and they always sound so unique on a Sonic Youth album and it is no different on this one. That edgy sound they create is fantastic also and it really separates them from the other artists in the genre. Overall, some classic Sonic Youth songs on here, such as Sugar Kane, but there is also quite a lot you can skip as it doesn't provide much for the record in terms of making it better.
Sonic and noisy. Not my sound, but undeniable this has some genial values.
Quality album. Sugar Kane is the real highlight, but Swimsuit Issue, Theresa's Sound World, Purr and JC are strong. too.
One of my favorite SY albums not in the least because it has some of the best tracks of them: Chapel Hill. But that's not all: also 100%, Sugar Kane and Purr are amongst my all-time favorites and just behind are Youth Against Fascism and Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit.
One of their weakest albums, although it's still good in some parts. This is the one album where Thurston and Lee's songs are better than Kim's. favorite song is Theresa's sound world
Che i maestri Sonic Youth passassero alla cassa visto il successo ottenuto dagli allievi Nirvana era sacrosanto; lo fanno anche con classe, con lucidità e senza svendersi e quindi "Dirty" rimane uno dei titoli più preziosi della loro discografia. La loro solita furia ed il loro rumorismo sono solamente più imbrigliati rispetto al passato e più inscatolati in una forma canzone un po' più rigida del solito e così ne escono capolavori quali "Sugar Kane" o "Youth against fascism".
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Best Tracks: Genetic, 100%
Definitely their best record from the 90s. they ditched long songs to make shorter more pop friendly songs. I mean this album could've been a huge hit if their label chose better songs for singles. not to say the songs they chose were bad, just not as radio friendly as other songs (singles were:100%, Sugar Kane, YAF, Drunken Butterfly, Chapel Hill and Purr would've been much better than YAF and Drunken Butterfly). That being said, all the songs on this album is really good with the exception of Nic Fit. Butch Vig was stupid to say Nic Fit should've been on the record rather than Genetic, Hendrix Necro, and Stalker. But still one of their best albums even with that major flaw.
Favorite Tracks: 100%, Theresa's Sound World, Wish Fulfillment, Sugar Kane, Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit, On the Strip, Purr
I think I'm in the minority, but I like alt-rock darlings Sonic Youth best when they are at least somewhat accessible, and when they record things that sound at least a little bit like songs. Which is why I prefer Dirty to, say, Daydream Nation. Here Thurston Moore's whirling, swirling guitars layered over Steve Shelley's pounding drumming makes most sense to me, since it's all in the context of songs that strain at the seams of conventional song structures, but never quite implode altogether. This is also the album where Kim Gordon's contributions ring most true, as she challenges stereotypes and expectations about women who rock in ways that are both compelling and vaguely threatening. "Wish Fulfillment" is a great song because it depicts alienation and disaffectation in a way that is so messy and distorted that it feels quintessentially human.
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