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Right from the gorgeous chiming riffs of opener "Schizophrenia," Sonic Youth clearly favored hooks and tune over noise and static for their fifth album. The band even ratcheted up their ambitions by holing up in the iconic New York studio Sear Sound to cut the disc. To this day, Sister remains one of the band's best overall albums—a perfect synthesis of wild sound collage and pop melody that's as exciting as their 1988 triumph Daydream Nation.
On the deranged "Kotton Krown," husband-and-wife Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon deliver a haunting ballad of devotion and commitment, amid sharp squawks of distortion. "Pacific Coast Highway" is equally striking, fusing clanging riffs with Ranaldo's sweet melodic lines.
There's plenty of off-the-cuff moments that prove Sonic Youth weren't haughty aesthetes. "Hot Wire My Heart" is a goofy cover of Crime's bloozy 1977 punk anthem while "Master-Dik" finds Moore doing his best stab at hip-hop boasting: "One two, one two, one two, titty / I know every nook and cranny in New York City…I'm the royal tough titty and you're gonna taste my love."