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alyasa 04.10.2010 10:43 PM

The Eternal Kicks All Y'all's Asses... And is one of the many reasons Sonic Youth is such a loved band...

ann ashtray 04.11.2010 03:43 AM

The Eternal is a great album, but it is far from being the reason why I love SY.

I do feel that it is currently the best "gateway" youth album. More than any other sy output, The Eternal includes elements of (almost) everything the band has done in the past. Yes, the Eternal is the first record I'd recommend to a first-time listener.

alyasa 04.11.2010 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by ann ashtray
The Eternal is a great album, but it is far from being the reason why I love SY.

I do feel that it is currently the best "gateway" youth album. More than any other sy output, The Eternal includes elements of (almost) everything the band has done in the past. Yes, the Eternal is the first record I'd recommend to a first-time listener.


Yes, very true. As a representation of the more sublime, significant moments in SY history, it does not hold up very well, true. However, as I listen to the record, I recall this is the year 2010; I recall their early releases were made when I was still in my infancy; and now I am 30 years old; and I realise that they have just released a new record, the very one I am listening to. And I realise they haven't compromised yet their dignity or integrity, their artistry and sound remain intact; and for that reason alone, I love The Eternal; and by extension; SY.

alyasa 05.09.2010 07:08 AM

Is The Eternal really that mediocre of an album? There seems to be a non-reaction to this album... Is it the effect of being on Matador? Does the Major Label effect really hold sway over moi, the music consumer? Is SY losing its relevance?

Jeremy 05.09.2010 07:38 AM

No way is it mediocre; I think it's one of their best start to finish. Personally, The Eternal and the last two records (Sonic Nurse and Rather Ripped) I see as three of their strongest records, but not many agree.

Tangent aside, I think many here enjoy The Eternal, it's just ironic the actual SY gossip section is generally the least active section on this forum. People are too busy talking about other bands in the non-SY sounds or random tibets in the other section to discuss The Eternal.

~Jeremy~

SonicBebs 05.09.2010 02:51 PM

it's great, but it didn't get me excited like Murray Street or maybe NYCGAF

but it is a great album

alyasa 05.09.2010 06:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Jeremy
No way is it mediocre; I think it's one of their best start to finish. Personally, The Eternal and the last two records (Sonic Nurse and Rather Ripped) I see as three of their strongest records, but not many agree.

Tangent aside, I think many here enjoy The Eternal, it's just ironic the actual SY gossip section is generally the least active section on this forum. People are too busy talking about other bands in the non-SY sounds or random tibets in the other section to discuss The Eternal.

~Jeremy~

3 of their strongest? That is strange... What abt DDN, CIS + KYI and BMR? Their early output was the most influential and had the biggest cultural impact; in that it really changed American culture, and to a certain extent; the culture of the world at large... They were that important... Now, I see them making The Eternal, and the hunger in me is gnawing again, like it did in 1990-1991; for that kick, that jam, that fuzz, that dangerous, animal sound... The Eternal is like an appetizer; I feel, and all those Estatic Peace records, and those new hip hop records...; I hope they can lead out to something really kick ass...

I really feel that The Eternal is a marker of sorts, an epochal marker for the state of 'popular' and 'rock' music; where a turning point, or even a boiling point is within the horizon, and all these disparate elements are converging together at some unidentifiable (to me) point at the near-far horizon...

And when it does come; The Eternal will probably be one of the indicators and markers of that paradigm shift... Just sayin'

Jeremy 05.10.2010 06:31 AM

CIS and BMR are good albums, I just personally think the quality of songs is better IMO.

Are they better than Sister, EVOL, or DDN? I don't know, they're different albums. But I think The Eternal is better than any other SY album of the 90s save for Washing Machine (And maybe A Thousand Leaves), but it's all opinion based, really.

~Jeremy~

alyasa 05.10.2010 07:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Jeremy
CIS and BMR are good albums, I just personally think the quality of songs is better IMO.

Are they better than Sister, EVOL, or DDN? I don't know, they're different albums. But I think The Eternal is better than any other SY album of the 90s save for Washing Machine (And maybe A Thousand Leaves), but it's all opinion based, really.

~Jeremy~

Yeah really... Coz Dirty is actually one of my favourite SY albums...

Skuj 06.05.2010 02:35 PM

So now it's about a year old. Are you still thrilled/groovin with it?

I most certainly am. I think it's their best 00s release, and I think the 00s was, on release average, their best decade.

EVOLghost 06.05.2010 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Skuj
So now it's about a year old. Are you still thrilled/groovin with it?
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yes....yes I am. I still groove it..on a nice rotation with the other albums.

jennthebenn 06.05.2010 04:24 PM

Their best of the last decade.

Adrian 06.05.2010 05:19 PM

The Eternal it's a good album, but i like moore the sound of Sonic nurse and NYCGAF.

Green_mind 06.06.2010 08:22 AM

SY are one of those bands I don't really have a favourite album for, but I tend to shift through their albums with the fluctuations of my spirits...
In a way I only kind of wish I had chosen to buy the normal cd case for eternal, because the card sleeve is really annoying to have to open to find the wrong cd inside!

chicka 06.06.2010 10:42 AM

Still enjoy it as much as the rest of their collection. I find it impossible to pick a favorite album or song, just like Green_mind it depends upon my mood.

Newfoundland 06.08.2010 12:35 PM

I still think it sucks really bad.

I feel like they are just making "sonic youth music" at this point.
And who can blame them after all these years, but it just doesn´t interest me at all.


If that makes any sense...


Someone please steal their equipment again... ( not meant seriously, but I loved the NYCG&F direction).

stu666 06.08.2010 12:50 PM

i hope they make "sonic youth music" forever.

Newfoundland 06.08.2010 01:23 PM

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Originally Posted by stu666
i hope they make "sonic youth music" forever.


Haha... That was the misunderstanding I waiting for...

But not quite what I meant.

I meant "sonic youth music" as in just repeating past periods (worse) instead of really pushing forward. "Thurston rockers" that he can write in his sleep.

If thats what they want to do, good for them. But it is not for me. A disappointing direction for such a innovative band.

Jeremy 06.08.2010 02:17 PM

I'd rather hear actual songs that I know will be quality then them being "experimental" like on NYCG&F or the Silver Sessions. IMO those albums lack actual songs, actual melodies, actual hooks. Are they unique records? Yes. But that doesn't make them good, IMO.

It's all subjective though, really. A lot of people hate Rather Ripped for how simple it is. I'd much rather listen to Rather Ripped because it actually has songs, riffs, etc than The Silver Sessions which is just a bunch of feedback any band can make. It all depends on which side of the band you like.

~Jeremy~

banditto1969 06.08.2010 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Skuj
So now it's about a year old. Are you still thrilled/groovin with it?


yes I still love the album. The concert was spectacular, they were spot on.

What I am curious about is I realize they are touring and such, are they still playing those songs for the tour in Europe (a year later)? and are they working on new material, lastly any ideas when we can see their next album?


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