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Editors’ Notes

For a new generation of fans, Washing Machine represented the rebirth of Sonic Youth as an avant-garde, experimental rock 'n' roll band. Just as Sister or Daydream Nation were crowning achievements for an earlier generation of fans, Machine proved Sonic Youth was armed and ready for the next phase of its career. Still recording for a major label, the group opted to return to its roots (if such an exploratory band can have roots), worry less about commercial considerations, and just let the noise and alt tunings flow. "Junkie's Promise" grinds like a tractor stuck between gears. "Unwind" creates a dreamlike weave of guitars. But the obvious centerpiece here is "The Diamond Sea," a nearly 20-minute epic that closes the album with Sonic Youth's first definitive anthem since "Expressway to Yr. Skull." 

Customer Reviews

Why can't I give it 4 1/2 stars?

This is such a good album, but not their best. It should receive 4 1/2 stars. It was the first vinyl album I bought back in high school. I don't know why I did. Everyone said stuff sounds better on vinyl. It definitely sounded different. The first "half" of the album is great. Lots of jams. "Panty Lies" cracks me up. "Skip Tracer" is probably #2 on this album. And then you flip over the record for the second "half" and "The Diamond Sea" just keeps on rocking for about 45 minutes or so until your stylus finally cracks and your left with a scratched record, but it was worth it!


One of the greatest albums ever released in my opinion! These songs mark a great point in SY's career. If not the whole album - at least listen to the song "Washing Machine".

Washing Machine

Excellent Sonic Youth. Mistake not to have in your SY collection.


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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