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Demolished Thoughts

Thurston MooreAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Thurston Moore first saw Beck way back in the early 90s when Beck was mowing lawns with an amplified hand-push ill-blade mower at a backyard BBQ on Toul Avenue in Westwood L.A., a coconut’s throw from the 405 freeway. Beck only sang a couple of songs, both about TV destruction and toxic inhalants, before he lifted a German Shepherd over his head and threw it into the crowd. I was from ... Read more in Amazon's Thurston Moore Store

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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B004RRVHCW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Benediction
2. Illuminine
3. Circulation
4. Blood Never Lies
5. Orchard Street
6. In Silver Rain With A Paper Key
7. Mina Loy
8. Space
9. January

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Demolished Thoughts, t he third solo album from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore was produced by Beck and features Mary Lattimore on harp, Samara Lubielski on violin, and Beck on various instruments. Demolished Thoughts is an equally beautiful and brooding work. While there are more than a few tonal similarities to some of your older favorite Moore compositions, the execution this time is nothing short of staggering.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No noise necessary May 26, 2011
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When Thurston Moore makes a new solo album, it's only natural that it gets compared to his work in Sonic Youth. And when the album is quiet and subdued, it is even more natural to compare it to Murray Street and Sonic Nurse, which in my opinion are the two most laid back SY albums. This comparison becomes even more obvious to me when one of the tracks is named Orchard Street and has an opening riff that is a variation of the main riff from I Love You Golden Blue from Sonic Nurse; yet the main melody has more in common with Dirty Boots than any of the newer material.

Listening to Demolished Thoughts, it is very clear to me that while Thurston Moore can turn the volume down and be quiet and intimate, his artistic expression is so clear and focused that he doesn't stray very far from what he does in Sonic Youth. The main difference to me is that on this album, all the musical intricacies that sometimes drown and get lost in the sheer volume and noise are clear and to the forefront, and that makes this album a purely pleasurable listen. The tight space his music occupies sometimes feels roomy, yet as is the case in aforementioned Orchard Street, it builds and builds to the point where it doesn't seem like nothing else can fit - yet he and Beck finds room for one more musical thought in there.

For those who are attracted to Sonic Youth for the noise, this might very well not be an album worth purchasing. The same goes for those who like folk, as the instrumentation on this album can be deceptive - it is most certainly nothing like the new Fleet Foxes album. This is Thurston Moore - and we have heard some of these tendencies before, both on Trees Outside the Academy and on songs like Disconnection Notice and Stones with Sonic Youth.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooding beauty May 28, 2011
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I offer this assessment of the new album by Thurston Moore not as a Sonic Youth fan, but as an admirer of Moore's last outstanding solo record Trees Outside the Academy. Trees...had a similar approach to the music, but I find Demolished Thoughts to be a more fleshed out and fully realized set of songs. The fact that Thurston Moore collaborates with Beck Hansen -- who is the producer, an arranger, and plays synths, bass and sings -- does give this set a kind of aura of Sea Change. But at the same time Moore's tunes are entirely his own, and each unique. Hansen's production work ensures that the accompanying instrumentation is complimentary to the songs. Moore is a very good guitar player and his dusky, rich vocals, are totally wrapped up with a big hug and a kiss by fellow musicians Samara Lubelki (violin), Mary Lallimore (harp), Bram Inscore (bass) and Joey Waronker (percussion). Most of these songs are slow burners, with the openers Benediction and Illumine setting the pace. But Circulation rocks a wee bit and Orchard Street stretches out a long while with instrumental flights of fancy. That track is a marvel. Recording engineers Dean Nelson, Cole Marsden, Greif Neil, Cassidy Turbin at The Library and Justin Pizzoferralo at Flowers and Cream studio, working alongside producer Beck, have done an exceptional job making Demolished Thoughts sound so gorgeous. While there aren't blasts of noise-scapes like you'd hear from a Sonic Youth record, surprises abound. The whistling part early on in Mina Loy is one example -- proving that Andrew Bird isn't the only tunesmith on the block unafraid to whistle while he works - and in the same song Moore repeats the line "Without shame" with devastatingly beautiful impact. The fact of the matter is very few artists are brave enough to make albums like this anymore. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leave Your Expectations at the Door! May 26, 2011
Format:Vinyl
This album is a wonderful example of an artist maturing gracefully. Yeah, Thurston can still throw down the noise with the best of them, but that's not the idea here is it? It's tempting to compare it to Beck's Sea Change, since he produced it, but it has a completely different vibe. It's not as lush and layered as that album, and it is less self indulgent, meaning no weepy lyrical content. This album is a stunner from beginning to end. Ever since I heard Winners Blues on Sonic Youth's Experimental Jet Set album, I always thought he had an album like this in him. All I can say is, if you leave your expectations at the door, you will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Demolished Thoughts June 22, 2011
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This album is wonderful. The sounds pull you in until you are totally lost in the music. Can't think of a better way to spend my time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I am a long time Sonic Youth fan. I've still got "Sister" on cassette tape on my shelf. I've got a "Goo" T-shirt that I wore when I wore T-shirts two sizes smaller than I do now. I own a copy of the Ciccone Youth. And I like it. I love their noise, I love their melody, I love their non-melody. I've not, until now, bought any of Thurston's solo work, and I guess that I am an idiot, judging by this album. I knew that Thurston could break my heart with beauty at the same time that he shoved my head through an atonal grinder. I didn't know that he could let up with the noise in a focused, album-length effort like this. This is simply beautiful--think "Sea Change" by Beck and Elliot Smith at his most love lorn and desperate. Thurston's voice is so lovely here--whispered, hushed, tuneful and soothing. Guitars are complex, and the harp addition is really special. I love this record. I really really love this record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Thurston does it again! Co-produced by Beck, this album is beautiful, filled with soft drums and lovely string arrangements for guitar, cello, double bass, and more. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark De Los Gatos
5.0 out of 5 stars Thurston's back with some of his most compelling work in years
As a sometimes casual, sometimes obsessive fan of Sonic Youth (I go through phases like a madman), I feel that 'Demolished Thoughts' contains some of the most strikingly original... Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by Jack Tripper
5.0 out of 5 stars something great never heard anything like this before
So much different than his earlier material. This is more like an India classical
mantra type medtation, that is super engaging and relaxing, Kind of like
a drug, easy... Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by T. R Parry
2.0 out of 5 stars Expected more
I only liked 2 songs when I bought this album... now after having listened to the disc... I still only like the 2 songs. Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by Looking for Reliable/Great products
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty songs from the Prince of Noise
Thurston Moore without the guitar squall and diffident vocal swagger is, essentially, lovely. He's approached his last couple solo albums with a very different poetic sensibility... Read more
Published on November 2, 2011 by Stargrazer
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry, but its average
I was hoping for a more Thurston type of offering. The "strings" are just a little too much for my liking and things don"t sound as dissimilar as I was hoping. La La La!
Published on November 1, 2011 by Keith Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars Sonic surrender: Mellowing with age?
Hey, to each their own, it's important to realize that everything is great to someone. I've been a major Sonic Youth fan since the days of old (I'm almost as old as they are) and... Read more
Published on May 25, 2011 by Geoffrey R. Balme
2.0 out of 5 stars Here I am now, entertain me
This is the sort of album that a person damns with faint praise. Thurston Moore working with Beck sounds like a brilliant idea, but the actual product isn't quite exciting as what... Read more
Published on May 24, 2011 by Invisigoth
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