The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2009 Ratings: #312 / 834
Year End Rank: #47
User Score
Based on 68 ratings
2009 Ratings: #117
June 9, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador Records / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

LaiTheRick
70
Sonic Youth stomp into action with one of their finest additions to the 2000's indie rock phase of their career. 'Tis an urgent, neurotic, noisy but unusually harmonious release from the group, and the greater presence of bass guitar helps make each song seem sturdy and not fragile. I feel as if this album represents the direction that modern indie rock would have benefited continuing in after the decade. Contrary to the title of track two, The Eternal is often the definition of orgasmic.
GABRIELinHELL
70
Good
72
As the final album from Sonic Youth, "The Eternal" has the band seemingly going through various eras of rock music. "Anti-Orgasm" sounds very 1960s, and while I don't like most of "Walkin Blue," it occasionally sounds like the 1970s. The band themselves keep meandering through the noise-rock of their early career, the extended experiments of the late-80s with "Massage the History," but most notably, the general malaise of their 90s period. Considering ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#10/Rolling Stone
#13/No Ripcord
#19/Uncut
#35/NME
#36/Q Magazine
#38/MOJO
#38/NPR
#50/musicOMH

Track List

  1. Sacred Trickster 
  2. Anti-Orgasm
  3. Leaky Lifeboat (for Gregory Corso) 
  4. Antenna 
  5. What We Know 
  6. Calming The Snake 
  7. Poison Arrow 
  8. Malibu Gas Station 
  9. Thunderclap For Bobby Pyn 
  10. No Way 
  11. Walkin Blue 
  12. Massage The History

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