After Sonic Youth split in 2011, Lee Ranaldo crawled away from the wreckage of the Thurston Moore-Kim Gordon marriage with a thirst for simplicity. He released two albums of straightforward guitar-pop that matched up to Kim or Thurston’s post-Youth projects. Recorded live in Barcelona, ‘Acoustic Dust’ is a one-guitar strum-along that compiles the best of those LPs. As such, it’s an earnest man given a format to turn up the earnestness. Constant jangle blurs the songs, and a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Revolution Blues’ only emphasises Ranaldo’s newfound likeness to the Canadian in one of his dirgier moods.
Lee Ranaldo And The Dust – ‘Acoustic Dust’
The former Sonic Youth man collates an acoustic take on highlights of his previous two records