Rock N Roll Consciousness

Thurston Moore - Rock N Roll Consciousness
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
User Score
Based on 52 ratings
2017 Ratings: #297
April 28, 2017 / Release Date
EP / Format
Caroline / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

It is intensely listenable, bearing the drama of a rock opera without the pomp or ridiculousness, and the brazen confidence of the rock star without the showmanship.

83
A.V. Club

Moore’s most concise, most satisfying solo statement, anchored by a band that’s become an integral part of its expression.

80
Clash

This is the sound of a questing spirit pushing at the parameters of unlimited freedom, a hand reaching out to grasp infinity and not falling far short.

80
The Independent

Thurston Moore has created one of the cornerstone works of his entire career with Rock N Roll Consciousness.

80
Drowned in Sound

It’s a body of work that exists apart from Moore’s previous output, dedicating itself to new ideas and the exploration of how he fits within them.

80
GIGsoup

“Rock N Roll Consciousness” is that rare artifact – a virtuoso guitar album that it’s actually cool to own.

77
Pitchfork

Thurston Moore’s new solo LP evokes the hippie leanings that were always at the heart of Sonic Youth. With some of his most joyous lyrics to date, Moore uses outer aggression to achieve inner bliss.

70
PopMatters

With Rock n Roll Consciousness Moore sticks with the same lineup as his previous album, digs into his old, central sound, and finds success in both the consistency and newness.

70
Loud and Quiet

The usual hallmarks are still there – unusual guitar tuning and unorthodox time signatures – with Moore still going a good job of utilising a sound that defined him and then experimenting with it.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Rock n Roll Consciousness is a collection of songs that would sit as comfortably in and amongst Sonic Youth’s back catalogue as they do within Moore’s own solo work. And that's no bad thing at all.

70
AllMusic

Another fine addition to his solo work, Rock N Roll Consciousness proves that Moore's search for enlightenment through noise remains vital.

70
No Ripcord

A sense of rejuvenation fills Thurston Moore on Rock N’ Roll Consciousness.

60
The Skinny

Rock n Roll Consciousness feels deep and multilayered, the kind of record you want to spend some time with, a piece of art that will continue to change and shift as you engage with it.

CheapandLethal
75
Decent
th_initiator
71
▲ = Exalted, Smoke Of Dreams
▬ = Turn On, Aphrodite
▼ = Cusp,
thomasuic
83
Beautiful Album

FAV TRACKS: Turn on and Smoke of Dreams
annpearson
90
Hypnotizing masterpiece as always. But leaving "Cease Fire" off the LP is something I can't understand, though. Maybe it's too loud and punk-esque to be featured on it.
hlektronio
95
2017 can end now. We don't need to listen to anything else.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#25/Rough Trade
#33/The Quietus
#45/Louder Than War
#55/Crack Magazine
#90/Fopp

Track List

  1. Exalted
  2. Cusp
  3. Turn On
  4. Smoke of Dreams
  5. Aphrodite
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