Had you only tuned into Sonic Youth over the last couple of albums you’d have encountered a band in full melodic bloom. Where the New Yorkers had for many years occupied the experimental hot house they have recently ditched their sometimes infuriating capacity to furrow new ground without paying due attention to listenability. ‘Sonic Nurse’ and last years ‘Rather Ripped’ have instead concentrated on classic song structures where jangling chords have been twinned with sly lyrical vignettes. The results are pleasing on the ear and often provide mesmerising treats such as ‘Incinerate’. Ok, there is nothing inherently ground breaking in the sound but ‘Incinerate’ still carefully exposes aching melodic nerves before dousing them with cups of hot expresso hatred. A painful lullaby for broken hearted adults. KD
Sonic Youth – Incinerate
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