CD Review: Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth
Hits Are for Squares
Starbucks Entertainment
By David Chiu

Ironically distributed by Starbucks, whose more known for playing lighter music in its stores, Hits Are for Squares contain tracks specially selected by musicians, artists and celebrities (Radiohead, Beck, Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, Chloe Sevigny, and others). The 16-track collection includes some of the NYC group’s best-known tracks such as “100%,” “Kool Thing,” “Sugar Kane,” and the haunting cover of the Carpenters’ “Superstar.” Added on is a new track, Slow Revolution, an elegant, gorgeous, if moody, song, which gives an incentive for the fans who already have the other albums to get this. For those new to the band and just want a sampling, it’s over an hour’s worth of beautiful, dissonant noise.

Sonic Youth’s “Bull in the Heather”:


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