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Any doubts as to the continuing relevance of Sonic Youth upon their jump to major-label status were quickly laid to rest by Goo, their follow-up to the monumental Daydream Nation. While paling in the shadow of its predecessor, the record is nevertheless a defiant call to arms against mainstream musical values; the Geffen logo adorning the disc is a moot point -- Goo is, if anything, a portrait of Sonic Youth at their most self-indulgently noisy and contentious, covering topics ranging from Karen Carpenter ("Tunic") to UFOs ("Disappearer") to dating Jesus' mom ("Mary-Christ"). Even Public Enemy's Chuck D joins the fracas on the single "Kool Thing," which teeters on the brink of a cultural breakthrough but falls just shy of the mark; the same could be said of Goo itself -- by no means a sellout, it nevertheless lacks the coherence and force of the group's finest work, and the opportunity to violently rattle the mainstream cage slips by.
Performance CreditsSonic Youth Primary Artist
Don Fleming Percussion,Background Vocals
J Mascis Background Vocals
Nick Sansano Percussion
Technical CreditsLee Ranaldo Composer
Sonic Youth Producer
Ron Saint Germain Producer
Kim Gordon Composer
Thurston Moore Composer
Nick Sansano Producer,Engineer
Steve Shelley Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Goo based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
This is Gavin from Dublin and just writing to advise to buy this album.It is pure brillance.I could give a detailed and profound analysis of the excellent song structure,brillant vocals and excellent guitar riffs which are both addictive and catchy. NUFF SAID! PeaceandLove
While Goo isn't as good as Daydream Nation or Dirty, it's still awesome. You cannot beat Mote, Tunic, Mary-Christ, Kool Thing...etc there are many good songs on this album. This is a good SY album to start with, it's probably their most accessible. Highly recommended.