I'm probably risking serious street cred by admitting that until recently I didn't completely love Sonic Youth.--- Oh sure, I always respected the band and bought the "hit" singles. But only in the past few years have I come to understand and therefore embrace noise - not loud music (which I've always championed), noise. I'm still a sucker for a catchy pop song, though, and The Eternal combines the best of both worlds. It might not be their most adventurous album to date, but it resonates with me. It helped seeing them perform many of the songs live for the first time this summer, too.