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Bad Moon Rising

Sonic Youth Audio CD
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1. Intro
2. Brave Men Run (In My Family)
3. Society Is A Hole
4. I Love Her All The Time
5. Ghost Bitch
6. I'm Insane
7. Justic Is Might
8. Death Valley '69
9. Satan Is Boring
10. Flower
11. Hallowe'en
12. Unknown

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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. An album quite unlike any other in the colorful Sonic Youth canon, Bad Moon Rising captures the New York band in 1985 during its most morose phase, one that is quite forbidding yet fascinating all the same. The proper album is an eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant clattering percussion, and dreamy vocal mumblings, all of it woven together by sullen interludes of ambient noise. It's a piercing capstone to an otherwise hazy album and is no doubt one of the highlights of Sonic Youth's overall output.


Le titre Bad Moon Rising a beau être emprunté à Creedence Clearwater Revival (un des groupes préférés du guitariste Lee Ranaldo), il ne faut pas trop espérer de mélodies accrocheuses ni de structures bien établies. Ce qui intéresse avant tout le Sonic Youth de 1985 c'est le travail de la matière. Des accordages expérimentaux, des saturations sans fin leur permettent de sculpter le son, de l'étirer puis de le briser sans aucun ménagement. Cette création sonore se double d'une critique sociale virulente qui évite l'enfoncement de portes ouvertes cher aux groupes alternatifs (cf. "Death Valley '69" et son clin d'oeil ironique à Charles Manson). --Hubert Deshouse

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4.0 out of 5 stars their only really interesting record Jan. 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was the a breakthrough record for New York punk/avante-garde in the 1980s and remains their most consistently interesting disc, despite occasionally silly lyrics (a problem that this band has never gotten around to dealing with).
The record opens with an acoustic buzz that slowly begins to warp. The album's songs blend together, and sound something like Phish, Black Flag and Wire jamming together. The sound is open and spacey at ttimes; tight and menacing at others, and the lyrics often intriguing. A few songs stand out-- "Ghost Bitch" drifts in on eerie waves of feedback, and the vicious "Death Valley '69" (about the Tate murders) ends the disc on a raw, savage note.
The real meat here is the music. Mixing feedback, strange tunings, drones, echoes and supple drumming (Bob Bert was a much more improvisational element than later rock-and-roll man Steve Hselley), this is psychedelic proto-grunge whose echoes persisted all through the 1990s. Although their later records are more focussed, this is where the band really stands out from its many imitators.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of their best June 18 2003
By "drumb"
Format:Audio CD
Sonic Youth is a band in constant motion, gradually broadening their horizons with every ensuing album. While this evolutionary approach to music has spawned some of the most unique and groundbreaking rock albums of the past century, Sonic Youth´¿s rampant experimentation has produced a few not quite as noteworthy duds as well. ´¿Bad Moon Rising´¿, an obvious transition album between the rhythmically dense noise of ´¿Confusion is Sex´¿ and the vibrant, spacious terrain of ´¿Evol´¿, is unfortunately a perfect example of the band´¿s finished product falling short of their grand ambitions. Although it is still an engaging listen, since it does bear the SY mark of authenticity, Bad Moon Rising is definitely one of the group´¿s least successful attempts at growth. Abandoning any trace of verse-chorus-verse song structures, a design that was common even in the band´¿s chaotic adolescence, Bad Moon Rising wanders through an abrasive collage of alternate tunings, drug-informed lyrics, and manipulated feedback. The album´¿s sense of openness and aural freedom later lent itself quite well to the far more restrained Evol, but without Sonic Youth making any moves to reign in their vast soundscapes, Bad Moon Rising desperately lacks a sense of focus and drive. This absence of direction undoubtedly hinders the album overall, but thankfully does manage to leave most of the CDs more redeeming traits intact. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars the begginning March 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
this is the begginning of SY. where it all started to come together. a mix of beauty and pain, SY crank out this album full of noisy strangeness that pits them at odd with their own polor oppositions. the band is constantly fighting its own instincts and this breeds such beauty.
one reviewer (mordredd66) used the wonderful word pregnant when speaking of the emotions of this album. this album is a pregnancy that gave birth to indie rock in the nineties. it gave us all subsequent SY albums that were great (that is all albums prior to washing machine, for after that, this band dropped the ball)
this album is anything and everything and the possibility of both. not for the pop listener and not even for the light avante gardist. this is not to be taken lightly. this is not music but a force to be reckoned with and wary of. it is to be listened three times without interuption to be properly digested. this is music that may change your life. this is truly good music. THIS is sonic youth and THIS is just the begginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The masterpiece of '80s noise rock Oct. 27 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
At first I thought the whole record was a mess; then a week later I decided "Brave Men Run" was amazing but the rest was a mess; somewhat later I came to love and admire nearly the whole damn thing. This is probably SY's masterpiece, the fruition of the raw promise of "Confusion Is Sex", although EVOL is arguably just as good if smoother. The song structures here are just as torn apart as the guitar tunings -- all intros, stasis or fade-outs -- and all the songs run together. This is rock music taken apart and put back together again inside-out and backwards in a way that would inspire hundreds of other bands yet never again be equaled, sadly not even by SY themselves, who after EVOL and bits of "Sister" plummeted into a gaping pit of mediocrity. (Thurston/Lee wannabes should note that the CD booklet includes scribbled descriptions of guitar tunings and amp settings for some of the songs, although notations like "...and go astray from there" are probably a bit more subjective than actually useful.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing yet has the chill factor Feb. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
After the claustrophobic nightmare ( I mean that as a compliment ) of Confusion is Sex came Bad Moon Rising. And yes it does seem quite a bipolar album. Not as scary as Confusion but then not as entirely mellow as their recent releases. It remains enigmatic though as while listening to this you get the sense of a strange calm with this CD and that's odd given the weird guitar noise that comes with this CD. Obviously the most accessible track here is Death Valley 69 with additional vocals from Lydia Lunch. It's good but what makes this album really good is it's sense of flow - there's no sense of upstaging the other one or the other track. Sure it has it's highlights but it doesn't feel like a disjointed album
I can ramble on about this album for ages because I really love it to bits.....this is the best I can do to try and review this album without running to the point of meaningless jibberish.....buy the album for yourself and see for yourself whether you agree with me or not
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5.0 out of 5 stars kid a or specimen b?
my baby does the hanky-panky.
Great album to play in Tangerian Opium dens, or at dinner parties clogged by societies' affluent effluent pavement fans, with their floppy... Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2001 by slugin' nulgis, hmm
1.0 out of 5 stars Why, why, why
I can't beleive people pay to listen to this [crud]. I thought it would be a collection of songs. I have yet to find one which might have a melody. Read more
Published on July 20 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening and Beautiful
Bad Moon Rising is arguably the best Sonic Youth album that I own (their debut "Confusion is Sex" comes in at a close second). Read more
Published on March 9 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Moon Rising
This is an amazing album,it's so dreamy and freaky yet to date it's one of the most beautiful recordings I've heard, but I say that about a lot of Sonic Youth's recordings. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2001 by Phat Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Moon Rising
This album is the best that Sonic Youth ever put out. This is the fullest expression of what this band was trying to achieve with its experimental sound. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2000 by Brandon Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars soundscape and fury
Seven songs welded together into a furiously beautiful soundscape, flawless, absorbing. the bonus tracks are great and fit right in, though satan is boring is somewhat boring... Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2000 by Donald Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult Listening but Worth the Effort
I think of Bad Moon Rising as Sonic Youth's "break-out" album. It's where the promise from "Brother James" on Kill Yr Idols and "Nature Scene" on... Read more
Published on June 22 2000 by Borkus
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Rock
Probebly the best album S Y ever done. It was my first Sonic product and my first contact with experimental music, I was amazed. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2000 by Johan Luft
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