1994’s Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star was kind of an unexpected beast from and for Sonic Youth. Showing the world they were more than capable of making songs that weren’t entirely reliant on discordant noise, but featuring an almost delicate side with a majority of the songs having clean guitar tones throughout. Reissue LP on Universal.
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6/10 Tom Customer review, 22nd May 2018
There are great Sonic Youth albums and there are pretty bad Sonic Youth albums, and this one falls somewhere in the middle. Released in 1994 as the follow-up to one of their greatest albums, 1992's Dirty, Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star feels a bit like the red-headed stepchild or a collection of off-cuts and experiments that didn't quite work. This gives the album a disjointed feel, and while they may have been consciously rejecting the more accessible sound of their previous few albums they actually managed to create one of the most sublime singles of their career, 'Bull in the Heather', which is ironic and strangely befitting of this polarising record.
8/10 Jack Customer review, 22nd September 2016
For some reason this is perfect for around 5 in the morning, it just has that scary feeling, but in a seductive, sexy way that borders on the pornographic when Kim is droning up numbers. Kim's songs are very good on this album by the way, "Doctor's Orders" could almost be a Nirvana chorus. There are some spots that kind of pass by almost unnoticed (could have done without "Androgynous Mind"), but at least they're not grating so they fit in with the rest of the record when you feel like hearing the highlights.
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