Goo (album) by Sonic Youth

Goo
Goo by Sonic Youth (1990)
Overall rank: 483rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Sonic Youth bestography

Goo is ranked 2nd best out of 33 albums by Sonic Youth on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Sonic Youth is Daydream Nation which is ranked number 58 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 38,474.

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Members who like this album also like: Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth, Doolittle by Pixies and Nevermind by Nirvana.

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From Street21221 07/20/2019 18:06
Favorite Tracks:Dirty Boots, Cinderella's Big Score
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From Blackspinner 05/28/2019 20:22
I m new to sonic youth I had heard and read about them but never sat down and paid attention well I finally did and look forward to go through their discography
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From LedZep 11/20/2018 15:55
First 7 tracks are excellent, on par with their best albums. But then comes a 3 track run which sadly isn't as good. Not terrible, but not good enough for SY record. That being said there are a number of underrated songs here, especially the closer Titanium Expose and Mote which are so good. And yes, Dirty Boots is one of their best tracks, incredibly good. All in all another excellent Sonic Youth record.
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From DeusExMackia 04/10/2018 14:45
Tight and professional; this might be a softer approach to their sound than previous albums, but Sonic Youth have made up for that with a mettalic, pertruding and edgy sound that never lets up. It was never going to reach the collosal heights of Daydream Nation - not many records do in my opinion - so instead of trying to out do themselves, they deliver a stunning first half that includes three of the best tracks they ever did.

The second side is weaker, but isn't without its moments, especially on the shrill noise-explosion that finishes Mildred Pierce and the utterly electrifying closer Titanium Expose that really does seal the deal. Its not as consistent as you want it to be, but there's no denying how epic that rising riff on Dirty Boots is, nor how thrilling the sense of motion on Tunic is. As for Kool Thing, I'd need several hours just to explain how badass every second of it is.

It's an album more for the singles than the complete product like their two prior records, but that different approach doesn't stop it from being a vital part of their discography. Proof that the band weren't just about huge, screeching noise rock solos; they could own the more generic
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From Brad1770 03/27/2018 23:25

I've always loved Sonic Youth ever since a buddy introduced me to "Bad Moon Rising" way back in 1985 some 33 years past. 1986's "EVOL" had a profound effect on my music tastes and sits comfortably within my All-time Album list

"Goo" is a fantastic album but sadly would be the last Sonic Youth album I would fall in love with . When "Goo" was released in 1990 it completed a quartet of incredible albums by the band: EVOL (86) / Sister (87)/Daydream Nation (88) and Goo (90).

The opening 5 tracks on Goo are 100% killer in 'Dirty Boots' , 'Tunic' , 'Mary-Christ' , 'Kool Thing ' and 'Mote' and sets the tone for a classic album

I've always been a Kim guy ( as opposed to a Thurston Guy) and their tracks are split 5 to 5 with 1 instrumental

Finally I'd recommend listening to the Goo expanded version as I did as it offers an extra 90 minutes of Goo Demo's and unreleased tracks some of which could easily could have been included on the album

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From JulianR 11/09/2017 20:51
Noisey, fun, and also a little more controlled than Daydream Nation. I still can't decide if that's good or bad
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From cmoshier 11/04/2017 05:13
Best Tracks: Tunic (Song For Karen), My Friend Goo, Dirty Boots
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From PaperVinnie 10/22/2017 01:44
hm. There are a couple really long comments on this page seemingly praising how amazing this album is. I completely agree, this album is phenomenal, and always fun to listen to, but honestly to me, this falls at #5 on my list of Sonic Youth albums. It probably could be higher, but tracks like "Tunic", and "Scooter and Jinx" kinda drag the record below better SY releases. While I don't really dislike either of those two songs, they just stick out as not being as good as the rest of the album.

Key Tracks: Dirty Boots, Kool Thing, Mote, Disappearer, Titanium Expose (Seriously underrated song)
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From nitomano 01/19/2017 00:03
Favoritas: Mote, Dirty Boots, Kool Thing, Tunic, Disappearer
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From garycottier 05/29/2016 17:30
Goo, is my favourite Sonic Youth record. It's challenging and eccentric but is also clothed in an accessible sheen that almost makes it contradictory, which in some ways is maybe the point. Shades of dark and light bounce of each other on this stunning album. All the tracks are great, apart from a couple of short noise fests, but the rest is great. Tunic, is my favourite cut, a darkly humorous song about Karen Carpenter who gets a band together in the after life, and they don't sound half bad. A brilliant album from a brilliant band.
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