Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Sonic Youth: Screaming Fields of Sonic Love [Geffen, 1995]
Would have been funny to start with Daydream Nation and concoct a perfect Goo-style song album in reverse chronological order from their pre-Geffen catalogue. Only they didn't have the material. So instead they concoct a meaningfully imperfect song-and-mess album out of several near-perfect ones and several meaningless ones. This is less funny. A-