Lee Ranaldo - Between the Times and the Tides (4 stars)

All-rounder rock record from Sonic Youth guitarist that soothes as much as it soars

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Lee Ranaldo - Between the Times and the Tides

(Matador)

Between the Times and the Tides is legendary Sonic Youth guitarist, vocalist and co-founder Lee Ranaldo’s first ‘solo’ effort to be turned out in nearly four years. In characteristically collaborative fashion it sees Ranaldo joined by a host of helping hands including SY drummer Steve Shelley, frequent partner in crime Jim O’Rourke and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline among many others.

Ranaldo’s melodic sensibilities and multi-faceted ‘guitarsenal’ steer this full-bodied vessel of an album, but it’s the rich, heavy cocktail of outside input that injects dense colour into songs like the brooding ‘Xtina As I Knew Her’ and ‘Fire Island (Phases)’. As a result, Ranaldo and friends have created an all-rounder rock record that soothes as much as it soars.

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