|2. 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|
Not quite the best review in the world, but thats because Im trying to listen to the album and not focusing on the review.
Sonic Youth easily surpassed their influences such as the Velvet Underground and the Stooges 15 years ago making everything before obsolete. Their imitators, such as Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, and the Pixies, never even came close to matching Sonic Youth's sound also making them obsolete. The only post-punk / indie rock records you'll ever need is "Sister" and "Daydream Nation". Even Sonic Youth were never able to match those albums.
As opposed to Pavement and the Pixies, Sonic Youth brought energy in to their brand of art noise. "Sister" was pop punk made with noise. They exerted energy on songs like "Catholic Block", "Pipeline/ Kill Time," and "Hotwire My Heart". They also do an excellent job building intensity with they guitars even though the end result is anti-climatic on songs like "Stereo Sanctity" and "Schizophrenia".
Some of the songs are fairly energy draining and poorly placed on the album, but they're not nearly as energy draining and unenthusiastic as their imitators. "Beauty Lies in the Eye" and "Kotton Krown" get into a hippy type trance, but the noises they use sound much better than any hippie noise.
Sonic Youth have an ironic sound. The music is actually very soft and comforting, but the noises they use to create it are pretty harsh. They're without question a very unique and influential band.
People who're first getting into punk are usually interested in the SST label because Greg Ginn, guitarist for the legendary hardcore band Black Flag, founded it.