Goo (studio album) by Sonic Youth

Goo by Sonic Youth
Year: 1990
Overall rank: 464th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 683 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1990 (6th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (86th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (464th)
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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 69 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 21,423.

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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 80.0/100, a mean average of 79.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.7.

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90/100
From 09/30/2021 11:14
Dirty Boots is one of my favorite songs of all time. But as the album progresses it doesn't hold my interest in the same way as daydream nation. Obviously I still love it or it wouldn't be getting a 9/10 from me.
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From 01/11/2021 02:25
Sonic Youth were never my favorite, but this was the album that came closest to convincing me I was wrong.
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From 01/08/2021 19:51
This poppier approach works better for me than Daydream Nation.
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From 11/28/2020 17:05
Very good album but not their best. I like how they paid tribute to Karen Carpenter, that was nice. Good album to break into the '90's.
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From 01/11/2020 21:37
Great.
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From 07/20/2019 18:06
Favorite Tracks:Dirty Boots, Cinderella's Big Score
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From 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 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 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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75/100
From 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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