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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Abrasive and archaic, theatrical and confrontational, Confusion Is Sex marks the opening strides that Sonic Youth made during their long slog through the American underground scene of the '80s. And yes, this album is underground if anything; it's lo-fi to the point of tonal drabness, as the instruments seem to ring out in only one tone, that of screechy noise. Yet that tone in itself is part of the album's style, which is one of antithesis. The album isn't comprised of songs but rather soundscapes, while the instruments are your traditional guitar-bass-drums-vocals lineup but are performed most untraditionally. Taken as a whole, Confusion Is Sex is a spellbinding ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Abrasive and archaic, theatrical and confrontational, Confusion Is Sex marks the opening strides that Sonic Youth made during their long slog through the American underground scene of the '80s. And yes, this album is underground if anything; it's lo-fi to the point of tonal drabness, as the instruments seem to ring out in only one tone, that of screechy noise. Yet that tone in itself is part of the album's style, which is one of antithesis. The album isn't comprised of songs but rather soundscapes, while the instruments are your traditional guitar-bass-drums-vocals lineup but are performed most untraditionally. Taken as a whole, Confusion Is Sex is a spellbinding listen, especially the first time through. If you're a bona fide Sonic Youth fan, chances are you'll find it especially spellbinding -- the more of the band's albums you've heard, the better. However, if you're unfamiliar with the band, or a casual fan at most, chances are you're going to be thoroughly tested: this is not an easy album to enjoy. As inaccessible as it may be, however, Confusion Is Sex is a cornerstone of Sonic Youth's career, their true opening salvo toward underground heroism, though miles and miles away from such highly regarded albums as Daydream Nation 1988 or Dirty 1992. [DGC's reissue appends the Kill Yr. Idols EP, which is very much a continuation of Confusion Is Sex, and an excellent one at that.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/1995
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642451144
  • Catalog Number: 24511

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonic Youth Primary Artist
Lee Ranaldo Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Kim Gordon Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Thurston Moore Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Steve Shelley Drums
Bob Bert Drums
James Sclavunos Drums
Technical Credits
Lee Ranaldo Contributor
Sonic Youth Producer
Kim Gordon Contributor
Thurston Moore Contributor
Wharton Tiers Producer, Engineer
Greil Marcus Liner Notes
John Erskine Producer
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