Review: Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped

A perfectly good record — complete with poppy hooks, crystalline guitar bridges and crisp production — but is this what we’ve come to expect from one of the most lauded experimental rock outfits of our day?

Instead of injecting SY with avant-garde vigor, Gastr del Sol alum Jim O’Rourke seems to be transforming them into their imitators: nailing the posture, missing the pulse.

The tried-and-true will devour this (for good reason) but the unitiated may want to consult earlier classics.

Favorite Track: “Pink Steam”

Grade: B –  Jetty, June 2006

About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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