13 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lee Ranaldo’s previous solo works feature a unique range of tones and textures. While fans of the Sonic Youth guitarist have appreciated his experimental efforts over the years, many have longed for a more accessible, rock ’n’ roll Ranaldo to emerge, and that’s what happens—brilliantly—on Between the Times and the Tides. From the first roiling guitar notes and the brooding charge of “Waiting on a Dream,” it’s evident that Ranaldo’s songwriting skill is on show here. “Off the Wall” has a friendly jangle, sounding like Sonic Youth at its poppiest, and “Xtina as I Knew Her” has the shadowy undertones of guitar unrest he’s known for. Clearly we’re in good hands, with a confident Ranaldo unpacking a whole bucket of goodies for us to sample. He serves up some chewy psych-rock and no shortage of acoustic moments that are surprisingly poetic and romantic. Between the Times is a beautiful and well-crafted record, one that his patient rockist fans should adore. Wilco’s Nels Cline contributes, as do Jim O’Rourke, John Medeski, Steve Shelley, and composer/writer Alan Licht.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lee Ranaldo’s previous solo works feature a unique range of tones and textures. While fans of the Sonic Youth guitarist have appreciated his experimental efforts over the years, many have longed for a more accessible, rock ’n’ roll Ranaldo to emerge, and that’s what happens—brilliantly—on Between the Times and the Tides. From the first roiling guitar notes and the brooding charge of “Waiting on a Dream,” it’s evident that Ranaldo’s songwriting skill is on show here. “Off the Wall” has a friendly jangle, sounding like Sonic Youth at its poppiest, and “Xtina as I Knew Her” has the shadowy undertones of guitar unrest he’s known for. Clearly we’re in good hands, with a confident Ranaldo unpacking a whole bucket of goodies for us to sample. He serves up some chewy psych-rock and no shortage of acoustic moments that are surprisingly poetic and romantic. Between the Times is a beautiful and well-crafted record, one that his patient rockist fans should adore. Wilco’s Nels Cline contributes, as do Jim O’Rourke, John Medeski, Steve Shelley, and composer/writer Alan Licht.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

walkerpogue ,

Apart

Oddly enough, apart, Thurston Moore's and Lee Ranaldo's recent solo outings showcase a songwriting sensibility that was only suggested with Sonic Youth. Disregarding Pitchfork's tepid review, and eschewing a track by track analysis, I feel that this one is really sturdy from beginning to end.

RickLloyd ,

A culmination of a great songwriting career

This Album is a showcase of Lee in top form. Mr. Ranaldo has always offered some stability in the sometimes chaotic world of Sonic Youth. Between the Times & the Tides displays his perfect balance of noise to song structure ratio along with amazing lyrics and decent vocal arrangements. This is a complete album from an Alternative rock pioneer just laying it out there for us all to hear. Great record by one of the best in the biz.

redsun ,

Buy It. Listen to it. Try to see it live.

Great songs, great guitar. An excellent album. And, while it's not a competition, it's more fun to listen to then both of Thurston's last two albums. I like those albums, but I'll certainly listen to this more.

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