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Chelsea Light Moving (LP+7")

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Chelsea Light Moving is the band from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, named the #1 Guitarist Of All Time by Spin. Featuring the backing talents of Keith Wood on guitar, Samara Lubelskion bass and John Moloney on drums; the same band from Thurston's 2011 solo album Demolished Thoughts -- but this time it hits hard with rock n roll noise. The man himself describes the tracks as "chug & shred burners," and they hit the usual mind blowing variety of rock-historical reference points and the primal clatter Thurston's pioneered for over two decades.
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  • Vinyl (March 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00AZF13DI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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At first I thought this sounded like a sub-par Sonic Youth album. Maybe just tossed off to tide Thurston over while SY is on an indefinite break. As is often true for me with Sonic Youth music, it took several listens for me to realize how fantastic this album is. Reminds me of Washing Machine-area SY.

The only downside is that this reminds you of how good a new SY album would be, if they were in full force and united.
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CLM are a promising new NYC-band, featuring Thurston Moore (ex-Coachmen, Sonic Youth, Ciccone Youth).
Without stretching far from Moore's role in SY, they make the most of it all. This, under a heavy weight of expectation, and art a likely personally and professionally hard time.
Hints at amazing things to come. Explosive dynamics, from gentle harmonics to noise attack - and infectious songs - presented with a very well integrated, group sound. CLM are easily among the most innovative new bands to come out in recent years. At this rate, they'll have shredded any SY connection in short order.
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I am a fan of Sonic Youth and I am missing the fact they are not together. However, Chelsea Light Moving has eased that pain with an absolutely amazing and powerful set of songs. The band is tight and Thurston seems infused with a new energy that elevates these songs from start to finish. This is melodic and hardcore music. A must for any fan of Thurston's guitar work. Thanks for an awesome CD!
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Don't get me wrong. This is a worthwhile record, and if you're a fan of Sonic Youth you'll enjoy it. But that's the problem -- it's impossible not to compare this with Sonic Youth, and it comes up short. The band just doesn't quite propel the songs (which are consistently pretty strong) into the stratosphere the way SY would have. To be fair, for a while I thought maybe it was more the mix than the playing, but after several listenings, I doubt that's what the problem is. The problem is simply the difference between a good band and a great band.
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It's not SY, or is it?

No, Lee is missing, the rhythm section feels different, and *she* ain't singing.

But damn, it's good, and it's a good band, handling Moore's SY-type stuff like the noise-pop needs.
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This is the solo album Thurston was always trying to make. I know it's a band ... but it's Thurston all over the place. Better than the last three Sonic Youth albums easily.
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Thruston has returned to roots on this album, great album for fans of his original work in sonic youth, very raw.
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If you're like me, you shed a tear or two when you heard the news of Sonic Youth's hiatus/possible break-up as well as the divorce of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon. Is doom looming on the horizon for the pioneers of art-punk/no wave/noise rock? That has yet to be determined, but, in the meantime, at least we have Chelsea Light Moving, Thurston's new band.

While I feel that SPIN Magazine's choice to name Thurston Moore the Greatest Guitarist of All Time is a bit of a stretch, he is certainly in my list of top 5 guitarists. When you hear Thurston's name attached to a project--any project--you expect greateness, and greatness is often received. If you were lucky enough to snag a copy of Thurston Moore and Loren Connors's "The Only Way to Go Is Straight Through" Record Store Day exclusive, chances are you were blown away by their exceptional improvisation.

Sadly, I feel like that expectation of greatness from Thurston is CLM's ultimate downfall. Granted, I didn't know what to expect from this band because the music Thurston creates is so diverse, but I think my expectations were a bit too high. This album feels less like a new venture for Thurston's talents and more like a way to pay his divorce lawyer. If this album had come out in the mid to late '90s, it would've been an absolute dynamo. Unfortunately, this is 2013, and the music style sounds a tad bit dated.

"Heavenmetal" and "Sleeping Where I Fall" sound like outtakes from the early days of Frank Black's post-Pixies solo records, lyrically, vocally, and instrumentally. With the opening lines of "Alighted," we get the Thurston Moore we know and love, but more along the lines of mid-'90s Sonic Youth.
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