Rather Ripped

1. Reena click to stream
2. Incinerate click to stream
3. Do You Believe in Rapture? click to stream
4. Sleepin' Around click to stream
5. What A Waste click to stream
6. Jams Run Free click to stream
7. Rats click to stream
8. Turquoise Boy click to stream
9. Lights Out click to stream
10. The Neutral click to stream
11. Pink Steam click to stream
12. Or click to stream

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 roll infection.

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.


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.