The first Sonic Youth record I fell in love with and still the very first one I play when I feel the need to binge out on them. One of the absolute best transitional records of all-time. What a seamless change to a major label.
"Most muscular and hard-rockin' album they ever did" ...What? Most of this sounds like a wet noodle compared to anything SY did previously. I gotta admit, though, the shiny-slick sound is definitely unique to this album, and it grew on me a lot.
I agree the production on this is very weird. It's like they took Daydream Nation, dumbed it down, and covered it with tons of vaseline. This isn't a terrible album, but it's a terrible representation of SY's overall sound.
I didn't like this album at all for years, and I still don't know why. There's definitely something different about this album from any other SY release. Love the dreamy songs like Tunic and Cinderella's Big Score. and Mildred Pierce is one of the best songs SY ever did
"Second only to Daydream Nation, Dirty, Sister, Evol, Washing Machine and Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star" Don't forget A Thousand Leaves, NYC Ghosts & Flowers, Murray Street, Sonic Nurse, Rather Ripped and The Eternal.