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These alt-rock heroes — featuring husband-and-wife Thurston Moore (guitar, vocals) and Kim Gordon (bass, vocals) — have been setting trends, sidestepping expectations, and sticking to their creative guns since the early ‘80s. On 2009's The Eternal an energized “Sacred Trickster” dives right in and the garage-rock rocket leaves blasted guitars in its wake as the group leaps into tongue-in-cheek “Anti-Orgasm.” Just a couple minutes deep and it’s clear: Sonic Youth still has it; that beautiful, noisy, creative energy. “Calming the Snake” draws you in with a bass groove and then droning guitar and primal vocals send it into a muddy, melodic tailspin. Moore’s cool-and-commanding delivery on “Poison Arrow” registers somewhere between Bob Dylan and Frank Black, while Gordon owns the mic on the instantly addictive “Malibu Gas Station.” Since its inception, Sonic Youth has been known to crank out long songs with extended solos and wayward musings, but most of The Eternal’s tight jams clock in at less than four minutes — with the notable exception being hazy, 10-minute closer “Massage the History.”

Customer Reviews

Sonic Youth IS Eternal!

I have over 500 songs by Sonic Youth; every CD, every EP, every single, every bootleg, deluxe versions of albums, tons of live songs, etc. Their music is so genuine, unique, and pure. This CD is no exception to the outstand track record Sonic Youth has. I'm very pleased with this CD which is reminiscent of the older "classic" Sonic Youth. Some of my favorites from the CD: "Sacred Trickster", "Anti-Orgasm", "What We Know", "No Way", "Walkin Blue" and my personal favorite of the album "Malibu Gas Station." An excellent CD in general, if you are a fan of rock music PLEASE get this album!


I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER than to be searching I-tunes for new music and stumble across the new SY album released today! This one seems to give off the same kind of vibe as Sonic Nurse and Rather Ripped (also 2 great albums). If your looking for that 80's Sonic sound don't buy this one. Punk rock has matured into the droning harmony and dischord majically merged into beautiful music. All while still hanging on to that rebellious feeling characterized by Experimantal Jet Set & Sister. Classic lazily sung melodies by Kim & Thurston get me every time!

By far, best album of 2009

I was tired with all the mainstream crap I kept seeing on iTunes, but when I saw that Sonic Youth, one of my favorite bands, had released a new album, I just HAD to have it. One listen and I was hooked. Anti-Orgasm and Calming the Snake did it for me. Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore might be in their 50s, but man, they sound just like they did back in the days. 5 Stars, and more if I could.


Formed: 1981 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Sonic Youth were one of the most unlikely success stories of underground American rock in the '80s. Where contemporaries R.E.M. and Hüsker Dü were fairly conventional in terms of song structure and melody, Sonic Youth began their career by abandoning any pretense of traditional rock & roll conventions. Borrowing heavily from the free-form noise experimentalism of the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, and melding it with a performance art aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk avant-garde,...
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