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Old 11.17.2023, 07:47 PM   #1
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that Rather Ripped is one of their best albums without getting my head ripped off?
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Old 11.18.2023, 11:56 PM   #2
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It is a good album. But I still rank it below EJSTNS, which is a great album. Now that is controversial and'll get yah a good head rippin'.



In my opinion, all of SY's albums are good albums.
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Old 11.19.2023, 05:36 AM   #3
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No, you can't say that without getting your head ripped, sorry. If you're lucky though your neck may not get shat down.
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Rather Ripped is one of Sonic Youth's best albums fuck you very MUCH. Unfortunate that so many people dismiss it due to shallow standards of distortion and "weirdness", but it's their loss.
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that Rather Ripped is one of their best albums without getting my head ripped off?


I really like Rather Ripped. Sonic Youth was 30 years into their career and just went "let's make an indie rock album". It's what got one of my closest friends into Sonic Youth, And fuck Reena goes so fucking hard
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I don't care, I'll burn out anyhow


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I remember you so cold as ice'



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Old 11.22.2023, 05:02 PM   #8
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It's a fine album in my book. Not my favorite of theirs, but very solid. I have fond memories listening to it in the year it came out as teenager. Nice jams, juicy melodies. Its strength is certainly more in individual songs than a cohesive whole imo, but it's a very chill and smooth listen. "Rats" is one of Lee's most underrated songs, I think.
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Old 11.22.2023, 05:27 PM   #9
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Its strength is certainly more in individual songs than a cohesive whole imo, but it's a very chill and smooth listen.

That's odd; to me it's very cohesive and powerful as an album, perfectly sequenced. I don't find it a record to chill to, either - plenty of rockers!

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I have fond memories listening to it in the year it came out as teenager.

You were a teenager when it came out?! Fuuuck me...
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Old 11.22.2023, 07:07 PM   #10
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That's odd; to me it's very cohesive and powerful as an album, perfectly sequenced. I don't find it a record to chill to, either - plenty of rockers!




Oh, it flows alright. And certainly has rockers in there. I was thinking of tunes like "Turquoise Boy", "Jams Run Free" and "Reena" - the Kim songs were pretty smooth on that record. But some of Thurston's tunes flow in that way too - especially "Do You Believe In Rapture?" and "Lights Out". In general, I think the sounds lean towards a "warmer" timbre. I think it has a smooth quality to it that is somewhat hard to put my finger on. Like, perfect to put on whilst sitting on a porch or a balcony somewhere gazing into a blue afternoon sky, having a nice beverage or something. Not discounting the more dissonant and experimental tunes of course - "Pink Steam" is a proper trip and a banger at that. I just feel it has a very "breezy" atmosphere overall, and I mean that in the best way possible. That's what I'm getting out of Rather Ripped. And I think it pulls that off pretty damn well. Just my impression though.


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Old 11.23.2023, 06:16 PM   #11
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It is a good album. But I still rank it below EJSTNS, which is a great album. Now that is controversial and'll get yah a good head rippin'.



In my opinion, all of SY's albums are good albums.

Nah sister kinda sucks.

Catholic block
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the bonus track

yeah schizophrenia and beauty lies and all those other songs rock but htose songs ruin the whole thing.


Actually to give some more hot takes here's all the bad albums:

Sister
Dirty(their worst by a large margin. genetic is one of their best tho)
Thousand Leaves
NYC ghosts and flowers(i don't even remember this album cuz it's so bad)
Probably the Whitey Album too cuz i never got around to listening to that.

Also S/T is in their top 5 best albums
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Old 11.25.2023, 03:23 AM   #12
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And to each, their own. And that is certainly me as I am in the minority as it is a near tie between Confusion and Sister for my favorite album, with Daydream not far behind. Sister is near perfection, in so many ways. I enjoy the noisy, experimental and chaotic nature of the early albums. That said, the S/T is fairly tight and almost has post-disco vibes. I appreciated the approach of NYC Ghosts. Dirty is far and above Ripped.


And The Whitey Album is fun, but I've never considered it a true S-Y album. It is basically them goofing off and having some fun. Although, Burnin' Up is pretty darn cool, as well as some of the instrumentals/atmospherics.


It also matters greatly where we are in our lives when this stuff hits us.




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Nah sister kinda sucks.


lmfao

NO

i couldn't care less if you like whatever you like, but you don't get to badmouth sister and live to tell the tale xD
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Yeah it's weird to say Sister is one of their worst I would say for the majortity of SY fans it's in the top 2 of their albums.

Maybe music is just not for you.
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Nah sister kinda sucks.

Catholic block
HOTWIRE MY HEART
the bonus track

yeah schizophrenia and beauty lies and all those other songs rock but htose songs ruin the whole thing.


Actually to give some more hot takes here's all the bad albums:

Sister
Dirty(their worst by a large margin. genetic is one of their best tho)
Thousand Leaves
NYC ghosts and flowers(i don't even remember this album cuz it's so bad)
Probably the Whitey Album too cuz i never got around to listening to that.

Also S/T is in their top 5 best albums




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And to each, their own. And that is certainly me as I am in the minority as it is a near tie between Confusion and Sister for my favorite album, with Daydream not far behind. Sister is near perfection, in so many ways. I enjoy the noisy, experimental and chaotic nature of the early albums. That said, the S/T is fairly tight and almost has post-disco vibes. I appreciated the approach of NYC Ghosts. Dirty is far and above Ripped.


And The Whitey Album is fun, but I've never considered it a true S-Y album. It is basically them goofing off and having some fun. Although, Burnin' Up is pretty darn cool, as well as some of the instrumentals/atmospherics.


It also matters greatly where we are in our lives when this stuff hits us.




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I think that's it. I used to love Sister. I think it's probably their most eclectic album, and the highs are very high. But to me the lows are very low. I've mostly stopped listening to Sonic Youth, outside of the occasional Washing Machine listen(and some other songs off random albums), but I come back to the good parts of Sister every now and then
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I've mostly stopped listening to Sonic Youth [...]

And we wonder why so few people post here...
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Old 11.29.2023, 12:47 AM   #18
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I often come back to S-Y. And just recently I started from the beginning again, and working my way through everything, and am up to A Thousand Leaves, whilst putting away the laundry.


There is a lot of S-Y that still gives me chills when I hear it. I have not felt that in a long while with new music I hear. The National floored me the other day on Colbert, however. Hopefully that was not a fluke; I shall investigate further.



I've just not been exploring music like I used to. Heck, when I was a teen in the 80's and 90's I was saving my school lunch money to buy music and ate ketchup, taco and mayo packets and people's "I don't want this."
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Heck, when I was a teen in the 80's and 90's I was saving my school lunch money to buy music and ate ketchup, taco and mayo packets and people's "I don't want this."

Dude, whaddaya mean "teen" and "school" - that is my life NOW.

 
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Even Sonic Youth themselves know that Sister is a way better album than Rather Ripped.
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