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RE: Sonic Youth- Confusion Is Sex/Kill Your Idols


I picked up EVOL today. I guess that's the one that comes between BMR and Sister. Which makes even more sense as I'm sitting here listening to it.

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Yeah, that is pretty much what I am saying. Their albums are cool that way where really, Confusion is them at their noisy base, and then as each album progresses they can't help but throw a little more traditional song elements in. I mean, the jump from Confusion to Sister would make no sense without Bad Moon Rising. Although Bad Moon on its own really isnt that great, in the context of coming inbetween those two albums it is pretty rad.

My only beef with Confusion is there is just a few too many songs where it is just kind of drony noise and spoken word type delivery. I am sure at the time it was cutting edge type stuff but nowadays it kind of loses its "oomph." Or maybe I am just getting old and lazy.

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Ah, the price you pay with Sonic Youth. If I'm in the right mood, I'll sit through some of their wankery. At times, I enjoy it quite a bit. Sometimes I just skip straight to the de-tuned riffage. Confusion Is Sex/Kill Yr Idols is sweet because you know that it's just one step on the way to Daydream Nation and Goo, which is my favorite SY era. And I think that's what you were saying. It's kind of cool to listen to it now because you can see what it's building towards.

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Wock sent me a bunch of music recently, a lot of it being Sonic Youth albums. I may give thoughts as I re-plow through them. I hadn't heard Confusion Is Sex since I was about 14. I remember one of Wock's friends left this at our house for awhile and I managed to tape it. I always really liked "(She's In A) Bad Mood" and "The World Is Red." Hearing them for the first time in nearly a decade was like an immediate path to being 14 and listening to music in Wock's room when he wasn't home. Creepy and cool all at once. What I noticed about this record is that I feel almost the exact same way about it now as I did then. The aforementioned songs are still great and the rest, well, is kind of forgettable. If anything 14 year old me had much more patience for the early Sonic Youth noise fests. Old me feels it to be a little contrived. Their next album, "Bad Moon Rising," would meld the wandering noise with a little bit more structure. A lot of "Confusion" comes off as being made up on the spot. Which is cool and all. I guess. I like this album since I know what they became. Does that make sense?

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