Boomkat Product Review:
Rather Ripped’ is the best collection of pure rock songs the band have put together in many many years and flawlessly showcases their indomitable skills. Kicking off with the album’s strongest moment, the Gordon-led ‘Reena’ I get the feeling they’re just showing off - trust me if this track doesn’t have you singing along by the time it’s 4 minutes come to an end, you’ll wake up in the night humming it. It’s a track with a strange power, reminiscent of the slow burning infectiousness of SY classic ‘Teenage Riot’ it has everything a track needs for instant classic status.
Moving further on and it’s obvious the band have tired of 15 minute dronerock jams as each track seems to come and go before you know it – verse chorus verse and it’s on to the next one. We do forget though, this is what Sonic Youth always did best. ‘Rather Ripped’ is not really a return to form as the band never went off the boil, but it’s a return to a certain sound in their history and one that's bound to please hardcore fans and newbies alike.