The Eternal

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  • Summary: The double album from the punk legends was produced by John Agnello.
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. The music remains ageless and weird, fueled on chaos and clarity, but these are songs, not sound experiments for their own sake.
  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. Hitting a second stride with "Murray Street" in 2002, the band maintains its leadership position among melodic noise-makers with The Eternal, which is so chock-full of hummable pop hooks you'd think a hit doctor lent a hand.
  4. Both cerebral and corporeal, sacred and profane, The Eternal sees this band approach the level of The Velvet Underground, where chaos and beauty ravish each other within the same song. Clever old sods.
  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. JackAn.
    Jun 9, 2009
  2. nedp.
    Jun 15, 2009
    This is without a doubt their best release since Daydream Nation.
  3. FelipeRS
    Jul 9, 2009
  4. Davidf
    Jun 17, 2009
    Breaks no new ground, not as good as 'Rather Ripped.' Enjoyable just the same.
  5. AmandaR.
    Jun 10, 2009
    The Eternal has its moments, but not so effective as "Rather Ripped". More of the same, no challenge here.
  6. MandyG.
    Jun 11, 2009
    Their worst album since NYC Flowers, it's a shame.
  7. FabioM.
    Jun 9, 2009
    Awful album and totally boring, It's a shame that's not so good like Rather Ripped.

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