EVOL (studio album) by Sonic Youth
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The best album by Sonic Youth is Daydream Nation which is ranked number 70 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 18,450.
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It feels like they haven't found their sound yet on this record which leads to quite a bit of experimentation which works effectively in places but is also quite poor in other places. The first 3 songs are fantastic and are proof of where the experimenting has gone right. All the instrumentation on those tracks are simply brilliant with the drum work being a personal highlight especially on Tom Violence. After these songs I do think there is a drop off in quality with there only being a few highlights that appear later on the record. Overall, an inconsistent album but you can see the potential for the future fantastic albums they made so it is worth experiencing to see their earlier work.
This is a solid album where they're experimenting with the sound leaning towards noise rock and post punk. They are making tracks similar to Joy Division, but in entirely new fashion creating something interesting. The album is a little inconsistent, there are great tracks here like Starpower (which is my favorite one), but there are also ones that sound like not fully realized (Green Light).
Evol is transitional for them and they started to focus on songcraft. This set them up for what I think is their best album, Sister.
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.
Maybe not as good as their bests, but this is still an amazing record and a great experience.
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.
Solid album, nice and dark. Expressway To Yr Skull is the best song on the album.
best LP of all from 1986.
This has a warmth to it more than any other Sonic Youth album I've listened to.
Dark and atmospheric, my second favorite of Sonic Youth.
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