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Goo [Deluxe Edition]

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Sonic Youth 9/13/2005

Review

Any doubts as to the continuing relevance of Sonic Youth upon their jump to major-label status were quickly laid to rest by Goo, their follow-up to the monumental Daydream Nation. While paling in the shadow of its predecessor, the record is nevertheless a defiant call to arms against mainstream musical values; the Geffen logo adorning the disc is a moot point -- Goo is, if anything, a portrait of Sonic Youth at their most self-indulgently noisy and contentious, covering topics ranging from Karen Carpenter ("Tunic") to UFOs ("Disappearer") to dating Jesus' mom ("Mary-Christ"). Even Public Enemy's Chuck D joins the fracas on the single "Kool Thing," which teeters on the brink of a cultural breakthrough but falls just shy of the mark; the same could be said of Goo itself -- by no means a sellout, it nevertheless lacks the coherence and force of the group's finest work, and the opportunity to violently rattle the mainstream cage slips by. [The deluxe edition features remastered sound and lots of bonus material, including outtakes, B-sides, rehearsal recordings, and a bunch of eight-track demos produced by J Mascis and Don Fleming. The eight-track demos, in particular, are worthwhile. Previously available as the semi-bootleg Blow Job (available to fan club members -- or as a bootleg), these versions are very raw and heavy on noise, often concluding in chaotic feedback jams. Taken as a whole, they showcase the album in a different light, one that hardcore fans may prefer. Either way, they're a tremendous bonus and well worth hearing if you're a fan.] ~ Jason Ankeny
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Dirty Boots Sonic Youth 5:24
  3. 2 Tunic (Song for Karen) Sonic Youth 6:22
  4. 3 Mary-Christ Sonic Youth 3:12
  5. 4 Kool Thing Sonic Youth 4:5
  6. 5 Mote Sonic Youth 7:37
  7. 6 My Friend Goo Sonic Youth 2:20
  8. 7 Disappearer Sonic Youth 5:8
  9. 8 Mildred Pierce Sonic Youth 2:13
  10. 9 Cinderella's Big Score Sonic Youth 5:55
  11. 10 Scooter + Jinx Sonic Youth 1:5
  12. 11 Titanium Exposé Sonic Youth 6:26
  13. 12 Lee #2 Sonic Youth 3:31
  14. 13 That's All I Know (Right Now) Sonic Youth 2:20
  15. 14 The Bedroom Sonic Youth 3:43
  16. 15 Dr. Benway's House Sonic Youth 1:18
  17. 16 Tuff Boyz Sonic Youth 5:39
  18. 1 Tunic Sonic Youth 6:45
  19. 2 Number One (Disappearer) Sonic Youth 4:57
  20. 3 Titanium Exposé Sonic Youth 4:44
  21. 4 Dirty Boots Sonic Youth 6:38
  22. 5 Corky (Cinderella's Big Score) Sonic Youth 7:50
  23. 6 My Friend Goo Sonic Youth 2:32
  24. 7 Bookstore (Mote) Sonic Youth 4:14
  25. 8 Animals (Mary-Christ) Sonic Youth 3:3
  26. 9 DV2 (Kool Thing) Sonic Youth 4:18
  27. 10 Blowjob (Mildred Pierce) Sonic Youth 8:53
  28. 11 Lee #2 Sonic Youth 3:30
  29. 12 I Know There's an Answer Sonic Youth 3:8
  30. 13 Can Song Sonic Youth 3:17
  31. 14 Isaac Sonic Youth 2:37
  32. 15 Goo Interview Flexi Sonic Youth 6:4

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