Uncut (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's accomplished stuff, the band declaring their avant-rock intent from the start."
The Wire (p.63) - "[T]he group's signature guitar chimes -- sweet, eerie, skewed, detuned -- are present and correct from the first bar."
Sonic Youth: Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Richard Edson.
All songs written by Sonic Youth.
Liner Note Authors: Glenn Branca; Richard Edson; Byron Coley.
Recording information: Music For Millions Festival, New Pilgrim Theatre, New Y (09/18/1981); Noise NY (09/18/1981); Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY (09/18/1981); Music For Millions Festival, New Pilgrim Theatre, New Y (12/1981-01/1982); Noise NY (12/1981-01/1982); Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY (12/1981-01/1982).
Arranger: Sonic Youth.
Sonic Youth's formative first EP, released in 1982 on Glenn Branca's Neutral label, resembles a fusion of no wave and an early Factory band. A couple tracks ("The Burning Spear," "I Don't Want to Push It") match the best of Confusion Is Sex, steeped in death disco and minimalist scratchings. Thurston Moore yelps, Kim Gordon rambles, and the guitars go plink-plink-plink. Tumbling and tinny tribal drums are provided by Richard Edson, also of Konk, who became a standout character actor (Stranger Than Paradise, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, etc.). ~ Andy Kellman
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