Within the first few seconds of pressing play on The Eternal, Sonic Youth's 16th studio album in nearly 30 years, the band sounds like it has been recharged. "Sacred Trickster" tears the album wide open with a visceral intensity that surges into "Anti-Orgasm," bringing the album to a frenzied climax of noise and chiming, art-punk dirge.
Sonic Youth hasn't rocked this hard in years, and the fire was sparked in 2007 when the group went on tour playing the 1988 masterpiece Daydream Nation. "After reacquainting ourselves with Daydream Nation, we were really surprised by the energy of some of the songs," says guitarist and vocalist Lee Ranaldo. "At first we didn't think it was such a hot idea, but revisiting those songs really inspired a lot of what's going on with this record." Continue reading.
See a gallery of images of both Sonic Youth and the Entrance Band performing at Variety Playhouse on Monday night.
Sonic Youth's Sacred Trickster mp3
(Photos by Perry Julien)
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