Sonic Youth Washing Machine Turns 20

The Audio Mug | September 27, 2015 - 10:39 pm
Posted by @hafis_rosli | September 27, 2015
After the regressive, low-key Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star, Sonic Youth appeared to be floundering somewhat, but Washing Machine erased any notion that the band had run out of things to say. Easily their most adventurous, challenging, and best record since Daydream Nation, the album finds Sonic Youth returning to the fearless exploration of their SST records, but the group has found a way to work that into tighter song structures. Not only are the songs more immediate than most of the material on their earlier records, the sound here is warm and open, making Washing Machine their most mature and welcoming record to date. It’s not a commercial record, nor is it a pop record, but Washing Machine encompasses everything that made Sonic Youth innovators, and shows that they can continue to grow, finding new paths inside their signature sound.

1. “Becuz”
2. “Junkie's Promise”
3. “Saucer-Like”
4. “Washing Machine”
5. “Unwind”
6. “Little Trouble Girl”
7. “No Queen Blues”
8. “Panty Lies”
9. “Becuz Coda”
10. “Skip Tracer”
11. “The Diamond Sea”

Washing Machine is released on 9/26/95 via DGC. Buy on iTunes/Amazon

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