13 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The final studio album in Sonic Youth’s three-decade career, The Eternal is an unusually explosive swan song. Not since Dirty had the band crafted such a consistently punchy collection. With Pavement bassist Mark Ibold providing extra ballast, the crunchy opener “Sacred Trickster” heralds the barrage of high-powered riffage found in “Poison Arrow,” “Calming the Snake,” and the muscular “No Way.” Kim Gordon sounds especially unbridled on “Anti-Orgasm,” a psych-garage stormer that adds yet more force to Sonic Youth’s grand finale.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The final studio album in Sonic Youth’s three-decade career, The Eternal is an unusually explosive swan song. Not since Dirty had the band crafted such a consistently punchy collection. With Pavement bassist Mark Ibold providing extra ballast, the crunchy opener “Sacred Trickster” heralds the barrage of high-powered riffage found in “Poison Arrow,” “Calming the Snake,” and the muscular “No Way.” Kim Gordon sounds especially unbridled on “Anti-Orgasm,” a psych-garage stormer that adds yet more force to Sonic Youth’s grand finale.

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