Picks and Pans Review: Evol

updated 07/07/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/07/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sonic Youth

Meanwhile out on the lunatic fringe, Sonic Youth is a neo-punk group fighting a lonely, cacophonous battle to keep the musical world safe for anarchy. A veteran quartet from New York City's underground scene, the band exhibits a surreal style, full of menace and aggression. Yet their angry statements are oddly affecting. The backwards spelling of "love" in the title of the album certainly isn't the only twisted aspect of this record. The song Shadow of a Doubt takes its name from an Alfred Hitchcock film, but the lyrics, by turns whispered and screamed by Kim Gordon, are based on another Hitchcock movie, Strangers on a Train. Throughout the LP, demolition guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo knock the decibels out of their instruments. Evol may sound like the aural equivalent of a toxic-waste dump, but there are those (and you know who you are) to whom this bizarre record will serve as a musical catharsis. (SST)

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