Thurston Moore: The Best Day

Alt-rock godfather is still one hell of a gifted noisemaker

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Surprises are few on ex-Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore's latest solo LP, which finds him mining the leisurely, dissonant chug that has defined much of his work. But nobody does dissonant chug like Moore, and The Best Day offers plenty of SY-ish thrills. Now living in London, Moore has tapped simpatico locals Debbie Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and James Sedwards (experimental-rock outfit Nøught), along with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. The band clearly clicks, especially when it locks in on more spacious explorations such as "Grace Lake," "Germs Burn" and the 11-minute "Forevermore," the title of which may or may not be a punny declaration of persistence.