Label: Geffen Records
Sonic Youth celebrate their 25th year together with this blast of sweet noise. It's rather more melodic than "ripped", but with enough guitar chaos to keep it sounding Sonic. The real surprise is from Kim Gordon: her vocals have never sounded so downright lilting and serene. Nothing is missing here except for "fifth member" Jim O'Rourke, and the need to prove themselves as returning masters of the avant-garde.