when i first heard about this album, i thought it might be somewhat interesting. sonic youth forsaking raw power for electronic beats. the more i thought about it and listened to their other albums, the more intriguing it became. finally i bought it, because the store was out of sy's debut album. it was a trip, to say the least. it started out with an all percussion track. is it electronic, acoustic, or a combination of both? i never really considered it while listening to it. the next track was silence. kind of gives you an opportunity to think about the onslaught of the first track, which until then seemed like... something. whatever it is, it just seems more clear. then kim gordon fades in, ranting about whatever it is that she rants about. sexism, violence, love, something along and eclipsing those lines. macbeth is just crazy. hi! everybody lies somewhere between frank zappa and disco. two cool rock chicks is conversation and then a j mascis guitar solo. is there really anything more one needs than that? mike watt does a deep-voiced, laid-back version of madonna's "burnin' up" and is enough to make anyone question how evil pop music really is. thurston moore does something similar with "into the groovey", using samples from the original version. kim gordon, too, shows her pop side on her karaoke version of "addicted to love". steve shelley finally proves the existence of his vocal cords on his reading of lee ranaldo's "me & jill". "making the nature scene" was taken further than anyone ever could have imagined after the forceful version on the "confusion is sex" album. this doesn't really explain the album, but that's why people listen to music rather than just read reviews.