Sonic Youth’s moment has passed, all of 20 years ago in fact, when they rewrote the alternative rock template with the brilliant Sister and its even better follow-up Daydream Nation.
A spin-off from the excellent book of the same name by Simon Reynolds, this compilation takes an impressive stab at capturing the moment of frenzied creativity that occurred in the wake of punk, when rock music hurled itself in a thousand different s
Double albums are usually a bad idea for all sorts of reasons (overambitious, way too long, packed with filler tracks that should never have made it beyond the demo stage).
It’s taken two years for Mike Skinner to make the transition from a genuinely original songwriter into a tired hack writing songs about record companies, conniving groupies and dreary hotel rooms.
Like everything else the Flaming Lips have released in the past 15 years, At War With The Mystics is a terrific album.