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A Thousand Leaves

Sonic YouthAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 12, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000006P0F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The ageless Sonic Youth return with a new, yet familiar, excursion into their own particular brand of ultra-amplified, dissonant rock. The quartet's CD A Thousand Leaves evokes fond memories of yesteryear's noisy, now-classic, avant-garde approach, while retaining snippets of traditional pop elements heard on several of their previous major-label releases. As Sonic Youth's music has gained a larger audience, they've preserved doses of the crunched melody and meandering structure that has always been their trademark. The new release sounds relatively unabashed, with wandering songs like "Female Mechanic Now on Duty" spewing extended barrages of feedback and Kim Gordon's dry, unsettling scowls at the listener. Look deeper, however, and there's a quiet resonance among the racket, with tracks like "Sunday" and "Snare, Girl" making use of Thurston Moore's cooler vocal tone and jagged, cascading guitar passages. --Matthew Cooke

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album; a true masterpiece February 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I have almost every Sonic Youth album, including their supposed best "Sister" and "Daydream Nation" and this blows the rest of them away. It has lots of noise, which I love, but some of the best stuff on here has no noise. "Hoarfrost" is the most beautiful Sonic Youth song (maybe any song) I've ever heard, "Snare, Girl" is also quite beautiful. If you like albums full of songs that aren't afraid to go on for as long as it takes to make a complete song (the average song on here is almost seven minutes) and a good balance of noise and beauty, this is the album for you. I don't know if they'll ever top this one, but I can only hope their next album will.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth's modern masterpiece... May 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Along with Washing Machine, A Thousand Leaves is a clear indication that Sonic Youth have transcended the barriers of punk, noise, avant-garde, etc. and have become coincident with the core of modern music and modern lyric poetry across all genres and forms. A Thousand Leaves, sporting long, autumnal, melodic meditations like Hits of Sunshine and Wildflower Soul along ennui-laden snapshots like Hoarfrost and Sunday, is a kind of symphony for the pop/rock age and is as deep and haunting as anything the classicists ever scribbled down on paper.
Now, I've heard and read any number of reviews referring to A Thousand Leaves as 'more experimental' and 'not very pop oriented' but of course these phrases are coming from the mouths of those that do not know much of the history of Sonic Youth or much of truly experimental music. Neubauten's 'Drawings of Patient O.T.' it's not -- in fact, I wouldn't refer to A Thousand Leaves as 'experimental' music in any sense of the word... But by the same token, if you're looking for hooks, hooks, hooks or the McDonald's-style music that SY cashed in with (and more power to them) during the 'grunge era' then this isn't the album for you.
If you own Sister and Daydream Nation, however, or even just Washing Machine, and listen to them all the time, unable to keep from tapping your feet and swaying just a little... Then A Thousand Leaves is another perfect Sonic Disc for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Thuston Moore as the sentimental, warm, yet world broken artist, Kim Gordon the deconstructionist rocker and Lee Renaldo as the visionary beat poet? Hmmm, perhaps, though the roles are somewhat interchangable. This is a stellar album no matter how you break it down. Melodic, disonant, angry, sad and for the first time warm and beautiful. Sonic Youth continue the trend of introspective song writing begun with Washing Machine but they do it better on this album. Some may say that on some songs they lost their edge, I'd say they broadened their pallette (and extended their songs) Their musicianship and muse continues to change and grow. A very strong and emotional effort.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PSYCHEDELIC YOUTH (one of SY's best) April 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It took me awhile to finally hear THOUSAND LEAVES after it was released, but luckily I did, and -- WOW! (I should have known based on the cool title, taken from the hip social theorists Deleuze & Guattari.) They *branched* out in an exciting new/old direction after several years of sonic stasis.

LEAVES has a very organic feel to it, even given Kim's occasional ranting. Mellower, yes, but deeper -- they've arrived at a rapprochement with psychedelia. This was hinted at on DAYDREAM NATION, on sides 1 and 4 in the long trippy jams, and on WASHING MACHINE with "Diamond Sea." But here it is integral to the whole, with the explicit homage to Allen Ginsberg, "Hits of Sunshine," and several long jams by Thurston and Lee. It makes sense, since both guitarists have been involved in the free jazz scene for years now. I love the irony of it. Once punks had nothing but scorn for hippies, which never made any sense to me -- I could always see the common countercultural elements -- and now the SY artpunks are playing jams that Jerry Garcia could be dropped into perfectly!

The rest of the world seemed to finally get excited and decide that SY was reborn with MURRAY STREET in 2002 (see my review), but that album sounds to me like LEAVES, PART II. My ears tell me that LEAVES marked a new sonic beginning -- it's one of SY's best records.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth matures December 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
sonic youth have come a long way in their 17 year existance. from the extremely dissonant yet simple songs of confusion is sex, through the more extended song structures and intricacies of daydream nation, on to their years as a (almost) pop band in the early nineties. with this album, the band finally shows a more mature and distinguished side. the biggest influence on this new album (according to the band) was the fact that they finally had their own studio and had two years to spend on the making of this album. with their own practice space and no pressure from their record label the band had time to experiment a little. some of the more avant instrumentals they came up with were released last year as a series of EPs on their own SYR label...but this album bridges their experimentation with lyrics that provide the songs a more accessible and understandable structure. the result is an album of songs that are incredibly beautiful, intricate, and long. since kim gordon plays guitar (instead of bass) on almost the whole album (except for Sunday and Hits of Sunshine), the guitars intertwine and mingle with startling complexity. the moods and textures evoked on this album are incredibly subtle and inviting. the music on this album is light years away from the much simpler songs on their first full-length, confusion is sex, but what would you expect from 15 years of experience. overall, this is one of the better sonic youth albums, from a band that has released nothing but excellent albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars starting to make sense 15 years on.
yes,ATL gets better with's abstract,drawn out beauty seemed a bit direction less
at the the flow,the tension and controlled noise is like my life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by SFNico
4.0 out of 5 stars SUNDAY!
A Thousand Leaves is sonic youth returning to their somewhat roots even though i think this band has never really left their sound at all. Read more
Published 15 months ago by MUSICFAN89
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise
I forget this purchase and it came just like a surprise. Optimized packaging, brand new disc, great album !
Perfect sale !
Published on October 20, 2011 by Jerome
3.0 out of 5 stars More rooted than scattered
Even if on the indulgent side, ATL helps ease the melodically noisy group into maturity by featuring more Moore and less Gor.
Published on August 31, 2010 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Stuff
This is the first time I`ve listened to this band. I`m really enjoying it, and will buy another one of their CD`s soon.
Published on March 25, 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars He's just a kitten...
Another masterpiece in the Sonic Youth catalouge. Here the band keeps their avant style leaving behind the pop stylings of Dirty and Goo, and continue with 'Washing Machine' songs. Read more
Published on August 4, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars The music sounds just like the color of the album cover.
It took me a little while to really get into this, but once I did I just couldnt take this masterpiece out of my cd player. Read more
Published on July 1, 2006 by Jason Martin Saenz
2.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth loses their way
I remember when this album came out. I had been a huge Sonic Youth fan for years and I ran to Mod Lang in Berkeley to buy it the day it was released. Read more
Published on July 1, 2006 by Happy Harry
4.0 out of 5 stars Continuous vitality
Quite superb, if only for songwriting/production triumphs like "Wildflower Soul" and "Hits of Sunshine. Read more
Published on March 22, 2006 by Stargrazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not even a thousand words could describe the beauty of this recording
This record kinda has the same crisp sound one could find on Washing Machine which is as great as this one.There are several reasons why this album is so impressive. Read more
Published on November 1, 2005 by Franz Bonaparta
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