Rolling Stone - 8/9/904 Stars
- Excellent - "...a brilliant, extended essay in refined primitivism..."
"...moves from lush, airy chords to brutalizing power riffs--the bristling sound of rock in the future." - Rating: B
- Ranked by EW as the #6 Album of 1990.
Uncut - p.1214 stars out of 5
- "[S]panning spazzed-out Krautrock, malevolent electronic drones and open-tuned jazz-punk....Exhilarating."
Down Beat - 11/904.5 Stars
- "...This album is miles away from pop music with its unpredictable tempo leaps, the fidgeting with speaker noise and feedback, and the stumblings through instrumental excursions that succeed by a combination of drive and joy....immensely rewarding..."
Highly Recommended - "...a compelling, identifiable consistency..."
New York Times (Publisher) - 12/30/90
Rated #6 of the Top 10 Recordings for 1990.
Sonic Youth: Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo (vocals, guitar); Kim Gordon (vocals, bass); Steve Shelley (drums).
Additional personnel: Nick Sansano (percussion); Don Fleming (percussion, background vocals); J. Mascis, Chuck D. (background vocals).
Producers: Sonic Youth, Nick Sansano, Ron Saint Germain.
Recorded at Sorcerer Sound and Greene Street, New York, New York.
Sonic Youth: Thurston Moore (vocals, guitar); Kim Gordon (vocals, bass guitar); Lee Ranaldo (guitar); Steve Shelley (drums).
Personnel: Nick Sansano (keyboards, percussion); Don Fleming (percussion, background vocals); J Mascis, Chuck D (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Hal Willner; Aaron Mullan; Jim Waters; Joe Ferla; Ron Saint Germain; Sonic Youth.
Audio Remixers: Aaron Mullan; Jim O'Rourke.
Liner Note Authors: Mark Kates; Byron Coley.
Recording information: Crawford Hall, Irvine, CA (10/27/1989-11/03/1990); Green Street, New York, NY (10/27/1989-11/03/1990); Hoboken, NJ (10/27/1989-11/03/1990); Sorcercer Sound (10/27/1989-11/03/1990); Sorcerer Sound And Greene St., New York, NY (10/27/1989-11/03/1990); Waterworks, New York, NY (10/27/1989-11/03/1990); Wharton Tiers Place (10/27/1989-11/03/1990); Wharton Tiers' Place (10/27/1989-11/03/1990).
Photographers: Matt Ebert; Michael Lavine; Pat Blashill; Dave Markey.
GOO was Sonic Youth's major label debut and allowed the band to blend its skewed sense of aesthetic and cultural criticism into a more understandable stab at pop culture. GOO unleashed the band's ability to create monster riffs out of fuzzy, unlikely tunings, while bringing their once aloof songwriting into a more pop-sensitive light.
GOO's stunning collection of material once again highlighted Sonic Youth's unique writing talents. "Dirty Boots" and "Mary Christ" showed Thurston Moore's delicious slant on rock melody. Yet it was Kim Gordon who stole the show with her chilling "Tunic (Song For Karen)" and the brilliant "Kool Thing."
In "Tunic," Gordon wrapped her cunning insight around the Karen Carpenter story: "I feel like I'm disappearing/Getting smaller every day/But I look in the mirror/And I'm getting bigger in every way..." The song was one of the album's many attempts at understanding the mechanics of pop stardom. "Kool Thing" summed up rock's once blatant "fear of a female planet" by placing women rockers in a rap context. "Are you going to liberate us girls/From male, white, corporate oppression?" Gordon toyed, saying more in her deadpan delivery than years of articles on women in rock or rap combined.