Sonic Youth: Dirty
Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, 17 July 1992
IF THERE'S ANYTHING all great rock-and-roll bands from Muddy Waters' early-'50s Chicago electric outfits to Chuck Berry's Chess session players to the Rolling Stones to King Crimson to the Ramones to Sonic Youth have in common, it's energy and ideas. When those dry up, it's over. Performances become rote; albums become uninspired and at their best, like Neil Young's Ragged Glory, rehashes of past triumphs.
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