Rather Ripped

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Considering that Sonic Youth lost Jim O'Rourke and found the custom-tweaked, irreplaceable guitars that were stolen in 1999 before heading into the studio to make Rather Ripped, it seemed that the album could be a big departure from what they'd been doing on Murray Street and Sonic Nurse -- possibly a return to the kind of music they could only make with those instruments, or perhaps an entirely different approach that reflected their revamped, old-is-new-again lineup. Rather Ripped ends up being of a piece with their previous two albums, and often plays like a stripped-down, slightly less-inspired Sonic Nurse. Once again, Kim Gordon contributes some of the best tracks ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Considering that Sonic Youth lost Jim O'Rourke and found the custom-tweaked, irreplaceable guitars that were stolen in 1999 before heading into the studio to make Rather Ripped, it seemed that the album could be a big departure from what they'd been doing on Murray Street and Sonic Nurse -- possibly a return to the kind of music they could only make with those instruments, or perhaps an entirely different approach that reflected their revamped, old-is-new-again lineup. Rather Ripped ends up being of a piece with their previous two albums, and often plays like a stripped-down, slightly less-inspired Sonic Nurse. Once again, Kim Gordon contributes some of the best tracks here; "Reena" and "Jams Run Free" are equal parts dreamy and driving, while "The Neutral" is a sweet, low-key love song. Thurston Moore contributes a gently but powerfully political track à la Sonic Nurse's "Peace Attack" with "Do You Believe in Rapture?," a reflection on peace and apocalypse that's mostly serene, even if the guitar harmonics throughout the song add shivers of doubt and tension. "Rats" is a standard-issue Lee Ranaldo song, freewheeling and poetic (and with lines like "Let me place you in my past/With other precious toys," it has the sharpest lyrics on Rather Ripped), even if it's not quite as amazing as the previous album's "New Hampshire." Rather Ripped's rock songs are solid, but not amazing -- the interplay of Moore's and Ranaldo's guitars and Steve Shelley's drumming are the best things about "Sleepin' Around" and "What a Waste." Actually, the more atmospheric songs end up being some of the most compelling. "Lights Out" reeks of whispery, late-night cool, and the closing track, "Or," is one of the sparest and most oddly unsettling songs Sonic Youth has done in a while (not to mention a reminder that quiet doesn't always mean peaceful in this band's world). Rather Ripped is also surprisingly lean, with the songs on its first half feeling so tightly structured that they seem like radio edits. Only "Turquoise Boy" and "Pink Steam" really open up and deliver Sonic Youth's famously sprawling, jam-based sound. If Rather Ripped is a tiny bit disappointing, it's only because the band's playing outpaces their songwriting ever so slightly. It's a solidly good album, and if taken as part of a trio of albums with Sonic Nurse and Murray Street, it shows that Sonic Youth is still in a comfortable yet creative groove, not a rut.
Boston Globe - Jonathan Perry
SY's music remains in a rippling state of movement and flux.... Although Sonic Youth has grown up, it hasn't grown old.
Los Angeles Times - Steve Hochman
There are still plenty of the band's familiar musical leaps into the void with free-floating instrumental diversions and digressions. But most striking is the abundance of catchy melodies, smartly and effectively handled.
Rolling Stone Online - Rob Sheffield
An excellent record, one of the strongest to emerge from Sonic Youth's amazing late period.
San Francisco Chronicle - Neva Chonin
Sonic Youth shows that adventures in pop needn't be glib, and rock 'n' roll can still be turned inside out in the subtlest of ways. Best of all, "Rather Ripped" proves that the members of Sonic Youth are still playful, and still players, after all these years.

There are still plenty of the band's familiar musical leaps into the void with free-floating instrumental diversions and digressions. But most striking is the abundance of catchy melodies, smartly and effectively handled.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • Label: Goofin Records
  • UPC: 787996801117
  • Catalog Number: 11
  • Sales rank: 37,586

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Reena (3:47)
  2. 2 Incinerate (4:55)
  3. 3 Do You Believe in Rapture? (3:11)
  4. 4 Sleepin' Around (3:42)
  5. 5 What a Waste (3:33)
  6. 6 Jams Run Free (3:52)
  7. 7 Rats (4:24)
  8. 8 Turquoise Boy (6:14)
  9. 9 Lights Out (3:32)
  10. 10 The Neutral (4:09)
  11. 11 Pink Stream (6:57)
  12. 12 Or (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonic Youth Primary Artist
Lee Ranaldo Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Kim Gordon Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Thurston Moore Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Steve Shelley Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Lee Ranaldo Engineer
Sonic Youth Composer, Audio Production
John Agnello Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Greg Calbi Mastering
Don Fleming Vocal Producer
J. Peter Robinson Cover Design
Aaron Mullan Engineer
TJ Doherty Engineer
Christopher Wool Artwork
Chris Allen Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GREAT album from a GREAT group

    In the time since Sonic Nurse, it looks like Sonic Youth have done it again. They've released an album full of amazing work. Mind you, this album is not as groundbreaking as Daydream Nation, Goo, or Murray Street but it works well alongside their different "eras", so-to-speak. The songs are more "song-oriented" and less "experimental" than their earlier work, but it's a step in a bright and new direction. Favorite tracks: "Reena" "Turquoise Boy" "Pink Stream "Or"

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