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Old 08-24-2009, 06:31 PM   #18 (permalink)
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This is a fine album, my only problem is that once I have dug deeper into Sonic Youth's 80s material I don't have much interest in listening to this anymore. The melodies are too safe and perfected, the production is too clean, and all the noise-aesthetics really sound samey from start to finish (all the guitar squall and sqwuaking just doesn't sound different to me). It's still hard to deny an opener like "Teenage Riot" and that lovely break "Providence" though, some of their better moments in terms of songwriting/album crafting.
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