The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2009 Ratings: #335 / 861
Year End Rank: #47
User Score
Based on 88 ratings
2009 Ratings: #158
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June 9, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador Records / Label
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Not quite the swan song we expected but The Eternal does show the dynamic between Gordon and Moore starting to weaken especially on Massage the History.
Massage The History.
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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Year End Lists

#10/Rolling Stone
#13/No Ripcord
#36/Q Magazine

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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