In 2005 it was time for Sonic Youth to record a new CD to bust out for 2006.
Before they did they revisited awesome Japan, toured the boroughs of New
York, rollicked at the first Arthurfest in L.A., and released the special
deluxe edition of GOO. After one final gnarl out in Brazil w/ Flaming Lips,
The Stooges and others Mr. Jim O'Rourke decided to concentrate full-time on
his Japanese studies of language and film and SY was subsequently back to
it's OG nucleus of Kim-Thurston-Lee-Steve. Songs were written, Jim
recommended engineer TJ Doherty and J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) recommended mix
engineer John Agnello and SY created the oddly titled "Rather Ripped". The
whole deal was recorded in the waning hours of 05 into the dawn sunshine of
06 at the venerable Sear Sound studios in NYC's fading theatre district.
Partially mixed there and at Hoboken, NJ's Water Music by the golden juice
ear of John Agnello it exhibits SY in positive vibration mode. 12 songs of
forward motion and harmonic/melodic surprise. Vocals shared by the frontline
of Thurston, Kim and Lee with Steve groove gluing the rhythms into rock n
They bust out o' the sonic barn with Incinerate and Reena then contemplate
holy war mind games with Do You Believe in Rapture? and keep cruising strong
with track after track of risk-laden rock jammers until floating out with
the curious Or.
This is a straight-up Sonic Youth field on fire, with a compact potency of
rock n roll enlightenment. Rather ripped, hell yeh.
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Geffen Records will issue the CD edition while the band's own Goofin' Records will release the vinyl edition of the new album and will be available here.