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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire

It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
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Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (33 1/3 Series) by Matthew Stearns
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (33 1/3 Series)

K. Roe, July 31, 2008

While the writer seems to be quite insightful and his descriptives are right on, I would contest the oozing admiration for this record vs. earlier SY recordings - namely "Bad Moon Rising" and "EVOL". As an old-school fan of SY as far back as remembering the releases of "Sonic Youth", "Confusion is Sex" & "Sonic Death", Stearnes makes it seem as if the ground-breaking sounds and unique SY stylings were all created during the "Daydream Nation" era. I will grant that the band was finely honed on their craft at this point, but I would argue that anything on (at the very least) "EVOL" stands up just as well, if not more so, to the material on "Daydream Nation." Perhaps it's Stearns's lack of historical context that makes me take this position...I'm not a book critic so I can only argue what I was thinking as I was reading...perhaps I'm too close to "EVOL" and "Bad Moon Rising" on an emotional level to approach Daydream Nation...I'll make a deal, do a book on one of these two aforementioned records and I'll give this one a 5...waddaya say?
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