Rather Ripped IS a bad pop album. Sonic Youth are not used to making such a low-key pop album, so it came out subpar. If they had thrown in more noise and signature dissonance, it could have worked out much beter. If you listen to mid 90's Flaming Lips, they mix noise and pop effortlessly into perfection. SY are lazy with the approach. It's like they didn't really try all that hard. I have no idea how you can support this album in such a manner.
"No way, man! Cuz dyin' would be a stone groove! Got any messages for Jimi Hendrix?"
"Yes. Pick up your puppy."