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...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Madonna

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2000-06-05

Sonic Youth don't sound like this any more. Someone else has to carry the anger, feed the sonic explosion with layers of molten guitars. You could compare the throbbing, distorted, beautiful noise that is this Austin TX's band second album to NYC's finest circa Evol, but that'd be to miss the point. Like comparing someone gracefully fading into the shadows with someone vibrantly, passionately alive. Also, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead clearly draw on the impassioned energy of emo-core counterparts like Fugazi and Today Is The Day. "Mistakes And Regrets" is full-throttle millennial rock, absolutely in your face--enervating, inspiring. As is virtually the whole of Madonna. In between all the sonic overload, however, there are moments of surprising subtlety and insecurity ("Claire De Lune", the tormented "A Perfect Teenhood"). Sonic Youth moved on long ago. Time to celebrate the new generation of noise terrorists. --Everett True

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