CD Review: Sonic Youth


Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation-Deluxe Edition
Geffen/UME
By David Chiu

In 1988 during when acts such as U2, Whitney Houston and George Michael were the rage, Sonic Youth blasted the doors wide open with Daydream Nation, a masterpiece of post-punk rock. The music is rooted in the avant garde and recalls the glories of the Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat; yet despite the experimentations and the angular guitar noise, it sounds focused. The opening tracks “Teenage Riot” launched the album through over an hour’s worth of rip-roaring songs including “Eric’s Trip,” “Silver Rocket,” and “Hey Joni.” If you need any evidence of the kind of live band Sonic Youth was back in 1988-1989 look to the bonus disc on this reissue, which contains live versions of Daydream Nation’s songs recorded around the time of the album’s release; it also contains four cover tracks including the Beatles’ “Within You, Without You,” and Neil Young’s “Computer Age.” Even nearly 20 years on, Daydream Nation still sounds fresh and electrifying today.

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