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Bad Moon Rising


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 8 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000003TAF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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By "drumb" on June 18 2003
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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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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Format: Audio CD
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 fringes. Oh yes, it starts off harmlessly enough, collecting early Fall vinyl 7"'s, but then you start buying Faust bootlegs just for the digipack fist. Not a bad way to spent ten notes, two notes, or one note. yeah.
Playing's better than 'Condemnation is Flex', nice stoner production there, 'Santa Dog is Boring' is almost unforgivable, no, i won't go there. Buy the new vinyl, no scratches, no santa dog is boring, no flower, a death valley and a 69 with lydia lunch. Feast or Foetus indeed.
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