Originally Published On February 14th 2013
I don’t know what to say about Sonic Youth’s “Dirty”, or rather, I don’t know how to express my feelings about the album in such a way that it meets my minimum word count for reviews. When I reviewed 4 Non Blonde’s “Bigger, Better, Faster, More!” I was able to creatively express how poor the album was, and how much it bored me. Sonic Youth’s “Dirty” isn’t a bad album, but I am bored by it, and that’s the pickle I’m in right now.
How do I go about talking about the finer points and parts of an album that really just doesn’t make me feel anything? Do I examine song by song, describing each like an exhibit in a museum of apathy? “Here, you can see how guitars are played in a fast, sloppy, distorted fashion – over vocals that are not altogether pleasant to hear… and up next you can see the exact same thing.”Okay, that’s a bit harsh. I do like a song on the album, “Theresa’s Sound-World”, so I can’t chalk up the whole album as unpleasant noise.
I fail to understand what’s so great about Sonic Youth, but I comprehend that the album isn’t “just a bunch of noise”. What I can say for certain, is that there’s nothing about Sonic Youth’s “Dirty” as a whole that will have me coming back any time soon. I’m glad I listened to it, I’m glad I now know what Sonic Youth sounds likes, but I found the album boring and hard to care about.