EVOL (studio album) by Sonic Youth

EVOL
EVOL by Sonic Youth
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 695th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 431 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1986 (10th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (105th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (695th)
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SONIC YOUTH - STARPOWER (SEALED) USA Press Black Vinyl 12" SST Records 080 EVOL
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SONIC YOUTH - EVOL LP 1986 UK ORIG Blast First NIRVANA MUDHONEY SOUNDGARDEN Goo
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Sonic Youth bestography

EVOL is ranked 4th best out of 33 albums by Sonic Youth on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Sonic Youth is Daydream Nation which is ranked number 66 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 22,453.

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EVOL track list

Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 431 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.4/100, a mean average of 78.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.0.

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85/100
From 07/10/2020 23:34
EVOL has its roots in post-punk, leaving me to believe they had not yet fully found their identity. I've yet to hear a Sonic Youth album I didn't love, though, and this is quite fantastic. Noisy as always, but a bit more reserved than some of their other records.
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From 06/23/2020 06:44
Maybe not as good as their bests, but this is still an amazing record and a great experience.

8.5/10
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From 03/12/2020 20:06
If I'd bought and heard this around the time I was listening to Slanted and Enchanted, Psychocandy, VU, Joy Division, Ride...as a teenager in '92 then I'd think this was cool as owt and love it as much as the others. Music wasn't meant to be enjoyed through tiny phone speakers though but still sounds pretty cool.
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70/100
From 06/25/2019 15:49
Solid album, nice and dark. Expressway To Yr Skull is the best song on the album.
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From 06/17/2019 22:57
best LP of all from 1986.
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From 03/12/2019 03:39
This has a warmth to it more than any other Sonic Youth album I've listened to.
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From 11/22/2017 21:16
Dark and atmospheric, my second favorite of Sonic Youth.
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From 10/28/2017 03:04
Without doubt one of their top 3 albums. It's hard to understate how important this record is to music. For those of you that may disagree: If this record didn't happen, Sister, and Daydream Nation, two of the most important and influential records of the late 80s couldn't have happened. Other than that, the other things that made this record great are as follow: they finally decided to incorporate mainstream song structures into their songs, and they fused that with their noisey punk roots, to make a beautiful and atmospheric album. Also first album to have a Lee vocal (In the Kingdom #19), and first album with Steve Shelley, completing the bands core lineup.

Favorite Tracks: Tom Violence, Star Power, In the Kingdom #19, Expressway to Yr Skull
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From 08/01/2016 20:08
Favoritas: Star Power, Shadow Of a Doubt, Tom Violence
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From 06/03/2016 16:38
A great noisy album that shifts from dark to light, from intense to calm, EVOL, is a great Sonic Youth album before their records became more accessible and straightforward. A fantastic album for the right time and mood.
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Best Albums of 1986
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
3. Graceland by Paul Simon
4. So by Peter Gabriel
5. Skylarking by XTC
6. The Colour Of Spring by Talk Talk
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