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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Leave it to Sonic Youth to put a twist on the typical greatest-hits album. Originally released in 2008, Hits Are for Squares features tracks selected by writers, artists, actors, and musicians. With a roster of curators that includes Alison Anders, Radiohead, Chloƫ Sevigny, and the Flaming Lips, this comp could have become a contest to pick the most obscure song (if it were, then Sevigny would win with her selection, "World Looks Red" from 1983's Confusion Is Sex). For the most part, however, the album sticks with well-known tracks, with a smattering of songs that would be considered hits: "Kool Thing," "Teenage Riot," "Bull in the Heather," and "Sugar Kane" all appear ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Leave it to Sonic Youth to put a twist on the typical greatest-hits album. Originally released in 2008, Hits Are for Squares features tracks selected by writers, artists, actors, and musicians. With a roster of curators that includes Alison Anders, Radiohead, Chloƫ Sevigny, and the Flaming Lips, this comp could have become a contest to pick the most obscure song (if it were, then Sevigny would win with her selection, "World Looks Red" from 1983's Confusion Is Sex). For the most part, however, the album sticks with well-known tracks, with a smattering of songs that would be considered hits: "Kool Thing," "Teenage Riot," "Bull in the Heather," and "Sugar Kane" all appear without feeling too obligatory. Indeed, the bulk of Hits Are for Squares comes from Sonic Youth's alternative nation heyday in the early to mid-'90s, with special attention paid to Dirty and Goo (two of that album's cuts, "Disappearer" and "Mary-Christ," were chosen by Portia de Rossi and David Cross, respectively). Yet just as many songs come from 1987's sometimes overlooked EVOL, including the haunting "Shadow of a Doubt" and the album's closing epic, "Expressway to Yr Skull." Speculating why certain songs were chosen by certain people is entertaining in its own right; Diablo Cody's choice of the subversive-yet-heartfelt Carpenters cover "Superstar" seems to make perfect sense, given the nimble way she balances kitsch, irony, and genuine emotion in her own work. Likewise, Eddie Vedder's choice of "Teenage Riot," one of the most earnest moments in Sonic Youth's songbook, feels spot-on. The band's body of work is broad and deep enough that most fans probably have custom mixes of their own favorite songs, so for them, this collection is more pleasant than essential, though the inclusion of an exclusive track, "Slow Revolution," may push diehards to get the album. Still, like the greatest-hits collections it tries to avoid being like, Hits Are for Squares works surprisingly well as an introduction to Sonic Youth's sound and approach.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602527781778
  • Catalog Number: 001589502
  • Sales rank: 53,245

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bull In the Heather (3:06)
  2. 2 100% (2:30)
  3. 3 Sugar Kane (5:58)
  4. 4 Kool Thing (4:07)
  5. 5 Disappearer (5:08)
  6. 6 Superstar (4:08)
  7. 7 Stones (7:08)
  8. 8 Tuff Gnarl (3:16)
  9. 9 Teenage Riot (6:58)
  10. 10 Shadow of a Doubt (3:34)
  11. 11 Rain On Tin (7:55)
  12. 12 Tom Violence (3:07)
  13. 13 Mary-Christ (3:11)
  14. 14 World Looks Red (2:41)
  15. 15 Expressway To Yr Skull (7:08)
  16. 16 Slow Revolution (6:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonic Youth Primary Artist
Lee Ranaldo Group Member
Kim Gordon Group Member
Thurston Moore Group Member
Steve Shelley Group Member
Technical Credits
Lee Ranaldo Composer
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Delaney Bramlett Composer
Kim Gordon Composer
Thurston Moore Composer
Steve Shelley Composer
Stephano Giovaninni Cover Photo
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