• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2014
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Oct 17, 2014
    90
    Purists will always pine for Sonic Youth and their glory days, but with a band and album this good, who cares about the past?
  2. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 17, 2014
    80
    Accessibly challenging, this isn't Moore's very best day, but it's up there. [Nov 2014, p.95]
  3. Dec 11, 2014
    80
    In sum, The Best Day is the Sonic Youth album that Sonic Youth fans feared would never happen in the wake of the band’s split in 2011.
  4. Oct 30, 2014
    80
    He navigates through colorized thickets of tone on the long songs with the knowing confidence of a veteran wilderness guide.
  5. Oct 21, 2014
    80
    The Best Day is neither derivative nor weak. In fact, it’s another enduring release from an always reliable rocker.
  6. 80
    A little bit new, but mostly the same, then. The Best Day is the refreshing sound of Moore addressing familiar musical themes with renewed energy.
  7. Oct 19, 2014
    80
    Both comforting and discomfiting, The Best Day recalls prime Youth, when their tense experimental attitude dovetailed with often sour but instantly accessible pop melodies.
  8. Oct 16, 2014
    80
    Whether its anger is aimed at an individual or an establishment, the energy on the Best Day sounds like the conspiracy before the rebellion, rather than the anarchy itself.
  9. Q Magazine
    Oct 6, 2014
    80
    [The album] is in turns seething and sweet. [Nov 2014, p.115]
  10. Uncut
    Oct 6, 2014
    80
    Dissonance and propulsion remain watchwords. [Nov 2014, p.78]
  11. Oct 6, 2014
    80
    As is typical with Moore, the vocal melodies on The Best Day are mostly afterthoughts that usually just blithely follow the guitar parts. Fortunately, this weakness is minimized by the fact that most of the riffs, rendered via a pristinely engineered dual-guitar attack, are excellent.
  12. Oct 22, 2014
    75
    What makes The Best Day work is that the songs play to the band’s strengths, especially the interplay between Moore and Sedwards.
  13. Oct 21, 2014
    75
    The Best Day is not particularly provocative or demanding, nor accessible enough to bring in newcomers to his dependable fan base. But, in getting back in the saddle after a rocky couple of years, it’s enough that he’s got the energy and ideas to continue to evolve in worthwhile ways.
  14. Oct 20, 2014
    71
    The Best Day proves to be not so much a revelatory, introspective antidote to Moore’s best-known band as a serviceable, equally high-voltage substitute for it.
  15. The Wire
    Dec 2, 2014
    70
    It's pleasantly melodic post-punk pop-rock with a handful of less conventional moves thrown in. [Oct 2014, p.58]
  16. Oct 23, 2014
    70
    This isn’t the sound of him stretching himself, or pushing boundaries--it’s the sound of him comfortably in his sweet spot, and that’s no bad thing.
  17. Oct 21, 2014
    70
    This is the best Sonic Youth-related album of the new decade so far, and the best Sonic Youth-related album since 2004’s Sonic Nurse.... Sure, it’s not perfect. Broadly speaking, the sound is too clean and Steve Shelley ain't the drummer he used to be.
  18. Oct 21, 2014
    70
    Nobody does dissonant chug like Moore, and The Best Day offers plenty of SY-ish thrills.
  19. Oct 20, 2014
    70
    This is the closest we’re likely to get to a new Sonic Youth album, and The Best Day is a great reminder of what made that band so special.
  20. Oct 19, 2014
    70
    While the newer additions to Thurston's muse are all well and good, The Best Day is most exciting when he returns to his most familiar trademarks, again investigating a sound that has spawned generations of imitators but still sounds like no one else.
  21. 67
    The eight songs that make up The Best Day represent a more measured and balanced record than fans might expect from Moore, but that shouldn’t be taken as a compromise of his irritable guitar rock instincts.
  22. 65
    The Best Day doesn’t offer much in the way of compelling us to venture forth; that is, even if we were inclined to in the first place.
  23. Dec 18, 2014
    60
    The Best Day is a little backloaded, and after the dour first 25 minutes, things pick up.
  24. Mojo
    Nov 19, 2014
    60
    The familiarity of The Best day might suggest some treading of water, but for fans of Moore's unmistakeable skronk, there's plenty to devour here. [Dec 2014, p.96]
  25. Oct 27, 2014
    60
    It's just a shame that these gems are surrounded by material that's just not as strong, or consistent as we've come to expect.
  26. Oct 16, 2014
    40
    The vocals are rather Thurston, too, like a chain-smoking Scrappy Doo, and structurally each song on The Best Day follows a specifically Thurstony pattern; all shimmery build-ups and thrashing bar chords, and deadpan vocals thudding solemnly along the top of it all.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Oct 22, 2014
    9
    each time i listen to it, the more i like it. this along with weezers new album are my favorite alternative rock records of the year. fans ofeach time i listen to it, the more i like it. this along with weezers new album are my favorite alternative rock records of the year. fans of sonic youth have to check this out. Full Review »