Make no doubt about it, Rock n’ Roll Consciousness is precisely the title the new Thurston Moore record deserves.
The former Sonic Youth frontman has flirted with hippie psychedelia throughout his prolific 40-year musical career. After a minor taste of mainstream success in the late 90’s, Sonic Youth essentially became a post-punk Grateful Dead, embracing the freedom of sprawling improvisation.
With a supporting lineup of guitarist James Sedwards, Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, and My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe, Moore has created a solid foundation from which to let his freak flag fly, all the while singing some of the most profound, optimistic lyrics he’s ever produced. An upbeat, groovy jam, “Turn On” is full of wild twists and turns, instantly captivating throughout its 10-minute running time. There’s not a dull moment and the tracks bleed together perfectly in a cohesive juxtaposition of euphoric bliss.
Moore and his band have certainly elevated their consciousness on this latest release, by embracing and exploring only the finest aspects of rock n’ roll.
Rating: 11 out of 12 cans of PBR!