The Eternal - Sonic Youth
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  • Summary: The double album from the punk legends was produced by John Agnello.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Ultimately, The Eternal acts as a fitting and timeless aide-memoire of everything this mighty band has ever achieved.
  2. The songs on The Eternal are more conventionally rock-oriented than any in Sonic Youth’s career, yet the album doesn’t really sound like a departure.
  3. The Eternal is a rock group playing at the peak of their powers: assured but not ‘comfortable,’ and free with each other.
  4. 80
    Almost three decades into their journey, age has only emboldened them. [Jul 2009, p.99]
  5. These songs aren’t purely doom and gloom; they’re not tons of fun either, but hope and curiosity abound, even if they’re not easy to spot on first listen.
  6. At the very least, some excellent songs lurk among these 12 tracks, and there's enough potential for debate about which are which to make The Eternal worthy of Sonic Youth's singular canon.
  7. Still sounding like an evening in your company will encompass discussions of Yves Klein and Lindsay Lohan? Check, check, check. But still cool.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 15 out of 31
  1. Aug 20, 2013
    Pitchfork can keep their 6.8 and 2009 obsession with the glo-fi fad; this ranks (and rocks) just as well as any of SY's excellent 2000s albums and their late 80s triptych. It will likely remain underrated for years to come because it lacks some of the hazy production techniques of their three prior albums; especially the tuneful (and excellent in its own right) Rather Ripped. Expand

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