ALBUM REVIEW: Kim Gordon – The Collective | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 08.03.24







Both with and without Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon has continued to turn songs inside out. Ripping them apart. Figuring out what was inside. The Collective, her second solo album, is a new exercise in deconstruction. A juxtaposition of quotes and samples.

Gordon coolly observes the contemporary era: the persistence of gender roles, consumerism and the depressing allure of screens. She has never sounded so perfectly blasé; melodies timidly emerge and get immediately crushed in the bud. The Collective is a dark, uncomfortably grimy album – much closer to dubstep and hip-hop than to alternative rock. There is something acidic and corrosive about it, an anger that will not go away. But something lingers on after everything has been crushed – a slippery memory of sweetness.






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