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The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility. EVOL ... mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth s musical evolution, says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s. In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo ... bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and with the help of Steve Shelley s drums..., [impose] melody and composition on their trademark dissonance. Stereogum likewise praises the album as one that is full of suspense..., the cornerstone [of] the Sonic Youth sound..., ground zero for the combination of chiming guitars and atonal skronk... [and] muggy delirium.... The virile Tom Violence sounds less written than coaxed from a cauldron, the sort of song that fogs windows. The off-kilter [droning love song] Starpower ... is sung [by Kim Gordon] in a frosty [Nico-evoking] monotone. In The Kingdom #19, featuring Mike Watt on bass and ... vocals [by Ranaldo]..., is a harrowing story of a highway wreck over a suitably edgy instrumental backing punctuated by ... live firecrackers into the vocal booth. EVOL slithers into the unconscious, notes Popstache. Once the [detuned melodies and haunting riffs and] final whispers of feedback [of Expressway to Yr. Skull ] depart from the speakers..., the music [leaves] a faded footprint, forever reeling the listener back for another strange trip. Vinyl includes free download card
New York City's Lower East Side has always attracted bohemian freaks looking to shock the world, but with EVOL (Love spelled backwards)--their third album after a live tape and several EPs--Sonic Youth finally figured a way to make their skronk count. Combining alternate guitar tunings with nearly linear songwriting, SY proved they could harness their energy into a combustible engine. The multititled closer, "Expressway to Yr. Skull" (or "Madonna, Sean, and Me"), is pure apocalyptic beauty, while "Shadow of a Doubt" succeeds by being more subdued and suggestive. --Rob O'Connor
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It starts out with "Tom Violence", a song about going away from home to get experience, finding the contradictions in one's anarchic philosopphy ("My violence is a number/Find it in the father/Find it in a girl")...it then proceeds to a great moodpeice "Shadow Of a doubt" which conveys imagery of a pre-ordained destiny from many years ago to meet a person, then using spiritual methods to explore each other, all this beside eerie and exploding guitars..."Starpower" is a beautiful punkish love ballad, it's other romantic equivalent "Green Light" is shadowy and sensual, when Sonic Youth do love songs they make it curious and beautiful...
"In The Kingdom 19" is the best track, as well as the most talked-of and most known track, a fast spoken-word narration of a man crashing and going to live off in the woods with an animal he almost killed, thrown together at the speed of someone actually crashing, it's a classic..."The Boy Who Can Enjoy Invisibilty" (which I don't think is the actual name)is more stripped-down, gleeming in claustrophobia with faint pianos and paranormal lyrics (always gives me a mental picture of a girl levitating in a dusty attic)..."Marilyn Moore" is as well a more eroded arrangement, but more chaotic than the latter, imploding with desperation and confused anger...
"Espressway To Your Skull" (a.k.a. The Crucifixtion Of Sean Penn) is the best song, an apocalyptic masterpeice as another reviewer said. makes you wanna kill Cliafornia girls and find the meaning of feeling good...Read more ›
A musical and chronological midpoint this is between the sprawling textural compositions of Glenn Branca and the concise rock of Goo. It sounded like nothing before or since and managed to make "guitar rock" exciting again. There is a question during the 4-minute ambient drone-fest which closes the epic Expressway To Your Skull (listed as Madonna Sean and Me on the jacket) as to whether the guitar tones are actually bending and shifting or my ears are bending around them. After alot of ghostly chiming feedback, the vinyl SST pressing featured a locking groove so that the song just droned on and on until the needle was lifted from the album.
In short, amazing album which drastically changed me.
As the heartbeat-like bass drum fades at the end of In The Kingdom#19, Thurston can be vaguely heard saying "Never gave a damn about the meter man, 'til I was the man who had to read the meter, man..." Eerie....
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sonic youth's earliest years don't let you down like some many great bands did. "evol" is a 39 min journey of 10 tracks of whirling guitars, off-melody vocals and... Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by ryan
Evol is what many people consider to be the first installment in a 'trilogy' of albums from Sonic Youth that many consider masterpieces. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Tony Moore
An absolute masterpiece of rock and surely one of the top rock albums of all time. Taking Glenn Branca's teachings into the punk three-minute song arena, Sonic Youth have produced... Read morePublished on July 25 2003 by G. RODRIGUES
SY have to be one of the most creative bands ever. with songs such as tom violence, which is excellently crafted song or green light, you cannot go wrong. Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by Daniel J. Hagerman
This cd is good but not great. The production is poor which denies the band to fulfill their sonic sound potential which they would later produce on albums like 'goo'. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Neil Fenton
I'm not sure but it is somewhat more succesful on a thematic level,although if you were to ask me what the phrase thematic level meant i'd probally be hard pressed for an... Read morePublished on July 6 2001 by Jess
This is one of the standouts in Sonic Youth's massive library of music. All the songs on here are constructed great and flow into one another. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000 by Colin
I got this one many months ago and probably listen to it once a week! I am fairly new to the whole Sonic Youth thing. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2000
Hold on to yr hats ladies and gentlemen - blast off is about to take place. SY dives into the mind...you can't do much while you listen to it except drink... Read morePublished on June 17 2000 by Nick