By Sonic Youth
It's not until you hear a full collection like this that you realise how influential Sonic Youth have been on the music and musicians of today. When listening to "Hits Are For Squares" it's difficult to ignore the relatively new tracks that pop into your head throughout from bands like The Cribs, The Strokes and Ash. "Hits Are for Squares" was previously available through selected outlets but will not be released fully on October 31st 2011.
The concept of releasing a 'Greatest Hits' album with the tracks being selected by fellow musicians and artistic voices is what makes this album special.
"Bull In The Heather" commences the album, a fine choice from actor Catherine Keener. The unusual and unaccompanied sounds combined with rough vocals in this track manage to sum up Sonic Youth's sound pretty quickly.
The sombre beginning of "Teen Age Riot" is exactly what the listener needs half way through this compilation. The quiet words are pushed to the background by the poignant guitar and drums until the breakdown when the 'lead vocals' live up to their name.
Selected by David Cross, "Mary-Christ" is an upbeat number driven by pulsating guitar and the two vocalists. There are 16 tracks in total including closing track "Slow Revaluation" - a new exclusive recording from the band.
To go along with the release of this unique collection, Sonic Youth are also releasing an anniversary DVD of performances. "1991: The Year Punk Broke" plays host to bands such as Nirvana, The Ramones and Dinosaur Jr. as well as Sonic Youth themselves.
The film sets out to document the new generation of artists that thrived to propel themselves out of the stereotypical rock and roll scene. 1991 marks the year punk finally broke into the mainstream with the help of Sonic Youth and pays thanks to the artists who helped pave the way before them.