ARTIST: Sonic Youth
RELEASE DATE: 1986
EVOL is one of Sonic Youth's three successive masterpieces (EVOL, Sister and Daydream Nation), or 'trilogy'. I mean it when I say PLEASE buy this record if not even for the used price of around $6-$7 off of half.com or amazon.com; it is an essential album no collection should be missing, one of the all time greats. I hope that this torrent introduces people to Sonic Youth and inspires them to support them, rather than act as a substitute for buying the record.
That said, EVOL is a masterpiece of invention and use of soundscapes. The sounds are always somewhat distance, creating a dream-like feeling throughout the record. Every song on here is a masterwork in its own right; particularly "Expressway to Yr. Skull (Madonna, Sean and Me)". Kim's greatest songs are contained on this record; "Shadow of a Doubt", "Star Power" and especially "Secret Girls", an erotic fantasy that takes you away to another place. Enjoy.
Excerpt from AMG Review:
Sonic Youth made their first moves toward rock with EVOL, a stunningly fluent mixture of avant-garde instrumentation and subversions of rock & roll. The band benefits greatly from the addition of structure, which gives its aural experiments a firm grounding, but the addition of drummer Steve Shelley is essential to the group's new, dangerous edge. With the added propulsion, the fearless rush of "Expressway to Yr Skull" (aka "Madonna, Sean and Me") and the near-pop of "Green Light" are undeniably powerful as are the eerie textures of "Shadow of a Doubt."
If you find yourself not enjoying this record, listen again. Sonic Youth may be a difficult band to digest for those without any prior experience with experimental and Avant-Garde music, but those willing to try will be greatly rewarded.