Release date 26th March 2012
Lee Ranaldo is a man of many talents – singer, writer, record producer and visual artist all feature on his CV. However, it is perhaps for two other facts that most people would recognise Ranaldo. In 2004 Ranaldo was voted the 33rd best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and is also the co-founder of the band Sonic Youth. Put those two facts together and one could be forgiven for expecting Ranaldo’s latest album release to reflect some of the alternative, experimental nature of Sonic Youths’ back catalogue. However, with his upcoming album ‘Between the times and tides’, Ranaldo combines his many talents to offer something different to the ‘Youth.
Featuring 10 tracks, ‘Between the times and tides’ shows off Ranaldo’s talents as a musican and a song writer. With a focus on lyrics and perhaps a more structured composition of song than the ‘Youth, it is apparent that with this album Ranaldo wants to make himself more accessible to a wider audience.
“Songs can go a million different ways” is a quote taken from Ranaldo’s notes in the album and this perfectly sums up his ethos when making this album. Ranaldo uses his undoubted guitar talents to a subtle affect across this album, less experimental and more traditional. However, the album offers more classic ‘lines’, a more definitive ‘rock n roll’ theme running throughout.
In stark contrast to many band members who then go solo, this is not simply a rehash of his former music or style. Instead it is a statement that Ranaldo has grown, matured and progressed as an artist in his own right.
Words: Brian McKay