The Eternal (2009) Long considered the indie-schmindiest of them all, Sonic Youth have, on their 16th album, returned to an actual independent label after nearly two decades. In… 2009-06-09 Sonic Youth Rock
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The Eternal (2009)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 09, 2009; Lead Performance: Sonic Youth; Genre: Rock

Long considered the indie-schmindiest of them all, Sonic Youth have, on their 16th album, returned to 
an actual independent label after nearly two decades. In celebration of that fact, perhaps, The Eternal offers a sort of survey course in SY history, careering from their early art-school 
atonality to the more melodically sophisticated compositions of later years. The problem is, none of it looks forward; in spelunking through the past, the band seems to have forgotten to 
unearth anything new. B–

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Originally posted Jun 02, 2009 Published in issue #1051 Jun 12, 2009 Order article reprints