Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal

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Sonic Youth are the perfect rock band.

You want noise and ranting? They've got it. You want beautifully crafted guitar solos? The box is ticked. The Eternal is choc-a-block with driving, beefy rock stompers, but it also has a generous portion of good tunes, pop hooks, whoah-whoahs, yeah-yeahs and la-la-las.

Antenna (which sounds like Wichita Lineman rewritten by Pere Ubu), and Walkin' Blue are lovely, warm pop songs. The band's ability to lock into free form guitar fury and suddenly return back into the groove makes me chortle out loud. But there's not a trace of self-indulgence in this honed, crafted and thoroughly enjoyable collection.