Acclaimed Albums – Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 221/250Title: Daydream Nation
Artist: Sonic Youth
Year: 1988
Position: #62

This isn’t Goo. I know Goo, which was the follow-up album to Daydream Nation, and I really love Goo. Nothing on Daydream Nation quite hits the heights of ‘Tunic (Song for Karen)’, which remains one of my favourite alternative rock songs. Maybe I really like Goo because, at it says in some reviews, it’s a fairly approachable work. But enough about Goo, I’m meant to writing this post about Daydream Nation.

Daydream Nation is one of those really important albums in the world of alternative rock because not only did it prove that there was a market for a more avant-style of alternative rock, but they also made an excellent album out of it. In the journey of rock, Daydream Nation is where early shoegaze hardened back up, remembered its post-punk roots and then moved forward. You give this album some downers and then your getting well on your way to Ten and Nevermind.

Daydream Nation is one of those albums that does not hit immediately. When I first listened to it, I was ultimately rather disappointed that there was no big standout track for me. Then I listened to it a few more times and, whilst few tracks still show that stand out potential for me, the whole album has really grown on me.

At 70 minutes, the album is a bit too long for me for one sitting unless I am doing something else like gaming or catching up on writing blog posts. Then again, this was released as a double album, so I guess there is meant to be time for an intermission at some point. Still though, it’s a very good albu and one that will serve me well in the future – even if I still prefer Goo.

 

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