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Entertainment Weekly (7/26/96, pp.52-54) - "...features...several endearing slivers of roots rock..." - Rating: BQ (10/96, p.164) - 3 Stars - Good - "...the soundtrack captures the film's mood of yearning, particularly through the original score, composed by Thurston Moore....the Moore extracts recall Sonic Youth at their most reflective..."0.5756598

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Rolling Stone (p.95) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he most avant-garde quality of this record is its gentle assertion of detail -- the way you can hear each leaf blowing on every tree."Spin (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "This one will probably sound just as forward-thinking a decade from now..."Q (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Thurston Moore's second solo album finds him concentrating on the songs themselves....The overall feel is Sonic Youth Unplugged."Uncut (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Y]ou'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that his first solo album in 12 years is an orthodox acoustic pop record....[With] proper, beautiful, well-crafted songs."The Wire (p.57) - "[Moore is] still capable of surprising, indeed delighting, the listener....A relaxed, organic record that charms without really trying."0.4029619

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Rolling Stone (p.67) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n excellent record, one of the strongest to emerge from Sonic Youth's amazing late period. Thurston Moore dominates....The guitars ring out with a sense of emotional urgency..."Rolling Stone (p.102) - Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[A] light, simple, terse, almost-pop album."Spin (p.59) - Ranked #22 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "[T]heir 20th release extends the most comfortable hot streak in rock history, locating a few more nooks in a self-invented sound that no one else inhabits."Q (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir most mature album to date, with songs taking centre stage and guitar squall used more selectively."Alternative Press (p.218) - "RATHER RIPPED is the sound of a band no longer setting their distortion pedals on stun, and, as a result, the best songs are as low-key as a small town on Sunday morning."Magnet (p.111) - "RATHER RIPPED turns out to be filled with delicate, pretty songs devoid of squall and doused in mellow melody."The Wire (p.63) - "While it seems improbably that Sonic Youth have fully mellowed, RATHER RIPPED finds them at home with some old fashioned rock verities."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.64) - "[A] clean collection of smart guitar songs that are low on the trademark-feedback tsunamis of old but high on skewed pop melodies of a Fugazi bent..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "RATHER RIPPED is a concise collection of melodious, and pretty straightforward songs: light of touch, compact in construction, sweet on the ear."0.2878299

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