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  • Audio CD (Nov. 30 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000003TA2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Dirty Boots
2. Tunic (Song For Karen)
3. Mary-Christ
4. Kool Thing
5. Mote
6. My Friend Goo
7. Disappearer
8. Mildred Pierce
9. Cinderella's Big Score
10. Scooter & Jinx
11. Titanium Expose

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Japanese Version featuring Four Bonus Tracks

Après sa signature avec la major Geffen, Sonic Youth se retrouve dans un gros studio avec pas mal de moyens. · l'époque, quelques vierges effarouchées ont crié à la trahison mais, avec le recul, Goo apparaît surtout comme un des albums les plus aboutis et peut-être les plus accessibles des bruitistes new-yorkais. "Dirty Boots", "Kool Thing" (avec Chuck D de Public Enemy) et "Tunic (Song For Karen)" sont devenus des classiques d'un rock véritablement alternatif, qui évite le simplisme et la démagogie et dont les racines sont autant à chercher chez Richard Hell ou les Sonics que chez James Blood Ulmer ou Glenn Branca. --Hubert Deshouse

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This is probably my second most favorite Sonic Youth CD ever (first is Daydream nation)
I love all the tracks on this, especially Kool Thing and Dirty Boots. Most of the songs are musical, which I'm happy about, because I'm always a little hesitant about buying their stuff at times unless I listen to it before.
This CD also hase one of the best covers in my opinion.
One of my favorite CDs from my favorite band. Definately a must buy :)
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Sonic Youth have been associated with a bewildering number of styles and movements over their 20 year history and whilst it a near impossible task to pick a favourite album out of their rich and varied oeuvre, 'Goo' is probably the best place for the uninitiated to start.
The last of five indispensable albums Sonic Youth released in the late 1980s, they had the good sense to ensure their first release with major label muscle behind it was also their most accessible. Their well-documented tendency toward feedback-drenched experimentation is held in check and forced into coherent 3-minute song structures.
But this temporary embrace of rock n' roll conventions is solely on SY's terms and in no way smacks of a sell out (Goo is often unfairly labelled as bubblegum punk by elitist SY fans) yet in it's own way as adventurous and diverse any of its predecessors, the only constant being those expertly de-tuned guitars. Lyrically and musically all three of the band's songwriters are at the top of their game: Kim Gordon manages to simultaneously trash the mythologizing of dead musical icons and pay tribute to heroine Karen Carpenter on 'Tunic.' Whilst Thurston Moore displays his long term love of hardcore punk on the abrasive 'Mildred Pierce' and the often over looked Lee Ranaldo produces one of the finest songs on this or any Sonic Youth album in the form of 'Disappearer.'
Like all great Sonic Youth albums, Goo manages to simultaneously give an immediate pure noise thrill, whilst ceaselessly pushing the boundary of popular music. By ceaselessly innovating Sonic Youth have changed the face of 'alternative' music. Almost every great band of the past decade is forever in their debt and Goo is the best place to begin finding out why
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Far from the best or most interesting Sonic Youth album, but nonetheless a good dose of arty stoner alternative rock. "Dirty Boots" is no doubt a classic, "Disappearer" is some of that pretty rock like DAYDREAM NATION's "Candle", "Mote" is probably the most lyrically complex out of the group along with Disappearer and has some of that good ol' distortion feedback at the end...
"Kool Thing" is decent, kind of ambiguous and sardonic, but definitely one of their weaker moments, an easily accessible MTV-friendly gem..."My Friend Goo" is simplistic and cheesy, mainly just good for laughs or amusement..."Mildred Peirce" has some nice screaming insanity at the end..."Mary-Christ" has a good arrangement of vocals..."Tunic" is a deep ride into the mind of a rock-minded individual who finnalt makes it but is never truly happy, narrated by Kim..."Titanium Expose" is probably the most known, appearing on the PUMP UP THE VOLUME soundtrack..."Cinderella's Big Score" is about incest I think..."Scooter & Jinx" is a nice little fix of feedback...I think that's all the tracks.
good but don't expect DAYDREAM NATION...
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GOO is one of my favorite Sonic Youth Cds. Instantly catchy, irrestible melody, lyrics and heavy doses of coolness, sit back and let Kim and Thurston lead you away from the mundane with such fabulous songs as
"Dirty Boots" reminiscent of songs off Dirty and Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star, this song showcases Moore's excellent vocals and clearly rocks
"TUNIC (song for karen)" my personal favorite on this cd, this song is mythical in its wonderfullness and will send chills down your spine as Kim sings "another greek salad, another iced tea, i feel like i'm disappearing, getting smaller every day, but when I open my mouth to sing, I'm bigger in every way." this tribute to Karen Carpenter is impossible to describe but a magical music experience
"Kool Thing" UNJUSTLY DISSED! This song is very cool, and when Kim starts chanting "fear of a female planet" and asks Chuck D
"are you going to liberate us girls from white male corporate oppression" you'll groove.
"My Friend Goo" though you may cringe at the first few listens, it will not be long before this song is blasting proudly from your rolled down car windows "GOO GOO GOO" irrestible.
"Mildred Pierce" is an instrumental odyssey that you will revel in.
I also really like the art and photos on this cd, all of the sonic youth cds seem to sport fabulous artwork, but the pictures of Thurston, Kim, and Lee are among my favorites, the height of cool.
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I usually hate when albums are referred to as "transitional." I think that this expression is overused; in my personal opinion, any good band does not really go through transitional phases and each album serves as a statement of a certain idea or style at a time. However, I do not think that Goo stands as much on as it's own as an example of a style of Sonic Youth.
Goo came out after what many refer to as the "Magnum Opus" Daydream Nation and right before Dirty. Granted this album shows a clear departure from the style of "early" pre-DGC Sonic Youth and has significant changes in their style that are obvious (the signing to a major label undoubtably being a force). However, when compared to the following album Dirty and the following mellowness that can be found in Washing Machine and Thousand Leaves, this albums significance seems a bit lesser.
Granted, there are certain gems in this album that definately stand out to me. Among these are Disappearer, Mote, Dirty Boots, and Tunic (which would eventually lead to the masterwork Karen Koltrane) are some. However, songs like Mary-Christ, My Friend Goo, and even Kool Thing (which some may beg to disagree with me) show a foundation in Daydream Nation and a yearning for best of the genre grunge in Dirty.
All in all, Goo is a pretty good album and would recommend to a number of people. However, if someone is looking for a good exploration into Sonic Youth and their best albums I would strongly recommend Dirty over Goo for early DGC/grunge SY.
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