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Bad Moon Rising
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on July 20 2001
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 morePublished on March 9 2001
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 morePublished on Feb. 22 2001 by Phat Matt
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 morePublished on Oct. 28 2000 by Brandon Bauer
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 morePublished on Oct. 5 2000 by Donald Bush
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 morePublished on June 22 2000 by Borkus