11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the acoustic guitars of “Beauty Lies in the Eye” are a surprising addition to the arsenal on Sonic Youth’s fifth album, the song’s queasy tension means that Sister is every bit as unnerving and unrelenting as its predecessors. Likewise, punchy originals like “Catholic Block” and “White Cross” and a bruising cover of Crime’s “Hot Wire My Heart” all demonstrate the band’s increasing adeptness at adopting hard rock and hardcore conventions before shattering them into jagged, noisy pieces.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the acoustic guitars of “Beauty Lies in the Eye” are a surprising addition to the arsenal on Sonic Youth’s fifth album, the song’s queasy tension means that Sister is every bit as unnerving and unrelenting as its predecessors. Likewise, punchy originals like “Catholic Block” and “White Cross” and a bruising cover of Crime’s “Hot Wire My Heart” all demonstrate the band’s increasing adeptness at adopting hard rock and hardcore conventions before shattering them into jagged, noisy pieces.

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