Daydream Nation tops off the perfect trilogy for Sonic Youth.
Evol, Sister and Daydream Nation are the perfect night of introspection that leads into the daylight of being in the world. These albums move within each other and I find it difficult to separate them. They are my favorite Sonic Youth albums. Fuzzy, not quite songs, attacks on strings and drums, there is no real beginning or end to Daydream Nation. Sonic Youth is a noisy band, but noise in a good way where the dissonace is music, and it is a music felt more than it is a music heard. Daydream Nation with it's wonderful teenage riot and candle...stands as both a great song set and as an extended mood piece. All kudos to Moore and company for this creation. The three albums together represent a lesson in guitar beyond anything that followed for Sonic Youth (for me).
Besides being part of a whole (evol, sister and daydream) that is both separate and conjoined to punk, the cult of Velvet Underground (will it ever stop? being worshipped?), and the beloved shoegazing and prog angst of Manchester and Oxford, Sonic Youth was able to align with greats such as Husker Du and Patti Smith Group (guitar great Lenny Kaye). Daydream Nation did more than have a sound, it had a reason to exist and that was as representation of the sleep our Reagan youth was in at the time. And really now, Daydream Nation was about a daydream nation. Will someone please record a disc that does something besides imitating earlier sounds? Daydream Nation and Sonic Youth gave a new sound, and that stands as mark enough of a great album.