Sonic Youth-Sister (1987)

Record Review Requested By: Richard Sandlin

My Rating: 73% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 73%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Schizophrenia
  2. (I Got A) Catholic Block
  3. Beauty Lies in the Eye
  4. Stereo Sanctity
  5. Pipeline / Kill Time
  6. Tuff Gnarl
  7. Pacific Coast Highway
  8. Hot Wire My Heart
  9. Cotton Crown
  10. White Cross
  11. Master-Dik

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for a noise rock band that can also be very melodic and also includes two great vocalists at the top of their game.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It fits their genre well, but I’m not writing home about it or anything.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah it’d be great on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Sister is one of those albums that suffers based on its number of tracks that are preludes to really great tracks, for example Pacific Coast Highway is not a bad song, but would be nothing if not followed up by Hot Wire My Heart. It’s a great noise album, one that I’m sure has influenced a lot of my favourite artists. But it’s just that: noise. It doesn’t always make for the best experience. A great album to have spinning on the record player, not an amazing one for driving to work.

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