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Murray Street [Enhanced]

Sonic YouthAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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The Eternal is Sonic Youth’s 2009 celebration of newfound freedom. After many years signed to an ever precarious corporate label, the band has been liberated and is releasing this CD with their friends at Matador. Inspirations ran high in preparation for the recording. Abandoning the time tested routine of writing and rehearsing a cycle of songs in one time ... Read more in Amazon's Sonic Youth Store

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  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000066I6F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As Sonic Youth will testify, it's not easy being avant-rock superstars. Follow your urge to experiment, and you risk alienating your more conservative fans. Stop experimenting, and you lose the impetus that made you so exciting in the first place. Such is the dilemma faced by this exceptional band in 2002, now wryly rechristened "Radical Adults" in one Thurston Moore lyric. Given the bewilderment that's unfairly greeted recent attempts to push their remarkable music to new extremes--notably their contemporary classical project, Goodbye 20th Century --Murray Street initially feels like something of a compromise; the band themselves admit it's more "song-oriented" than their last few albums. But hell, what a magnificent compromise. Named after the New York street where their studio is situated--and where a plane engine landed on September 11, 2001--Murray Street is potent, accessible, daring, and often obliteratingly lovely. For a start, the first three songs ("The Empty Page," "Disconnection Notice," and "Rain On Tin") easily rank with the highlights of SY's previous 15 albums. Obliquely melancholic, tuneful but unorthodox, all are enriched by great cascades of intricate three-guitar noise. When the Youth spin off on one of these bright and wild trips, these rich musical elegies for their city, they remain one of the world's great musical wonders. --John Mulvey

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars messengers from a better world October 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Sonic Youth are simply one of the best alternative bands around, right up there with multi-talented experimentalist John Zorn. This album, like their others, is several things: beautiful, transcendant, melodic, melancholy, rocking, noisy, and atmospheric; often within the same song. "Disconnection Notice" and "Karen Revisited" are probably the best songs, the latter starts out with beautiful song structure, then erupts into explosive noise, then into several minutes of awesome underwater exploration that shifts and rumbles like the tides of the ocean. "Rain On Tin" has a short stanza, then it turns into 3 0r 4 minutes of glorious free jazz rock improv; "Sympathy For The Strawberry" is equally amazing, starting out with the improvisation rather than ending with it, then metamorphosizing perfectly into the soul meets hiphop meets sad shakuchia meets lovely chorus that it is, it then ends the same way it started--with eruptive improvisation. The anger and rebellious behaviour of the album's shortest and most accessible song, "Plastic Sun", is fully realized and right on, attacking the state of things in mainstream entertainment industries as well as the brutal manipulative state of the governing world in general. The lyrics for "Radical Adults..." are probably the best, but the coolest thing about this song is the wild horn-filled insanity at the end...it's sounds like Naked City came along for the ride or something. "The Empty Page" is as well a good peice, but I found myself skipping over it to get to the really good stuff. If there is any hype for this album, believe it. This is another masterpeice by the Sonic Youth.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best. June 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Murray Street is right up there with Daydream Nation, Sister, and EVOL in terms of greatness. It is not as sprawling as Daydream Nation or their more recent albums, but it is essentially everything we have ever loved about Sonic Youth distilled into 45 minutes. Some of the most amazing moments of recent music appear in "The Empty Page," "Karen Revisted," "Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style," and "Plastic Sun," but really all of it is great. I especially love the gradually climax of "Karen Revisted", easily one of the best songs Lee Ranaldo has sung; you don't even know it's happening and then all of the sudden there's this explosion of sound.
The album is experimental but not pretentious, beautiful and thrilling, and it will be in your CD player for at least the next year. It is not as groundbreaking as Daydream Nation or their earlier albums, which makes just fall short of a classic for me; I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. But, nonetheless, it is amazing.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This may take a while... September 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Usually, I figure two or three listens are enough to get an idea of whether or not I like an album. I've reviewed some albums as early as the second time I've heard them. "Murray Street," however, defied my initial opinion-forming efforts. I'm currently at about my eighth listen, and I'm just figuring out how I feel about it. I had heard of, but never heard, Sonic Youth before I heard "Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style" on an internet station and decided to check out the album, so I can honestly say that my opinion of "Murray Street" isn't impacted by any preconceptions regarding this band or their previous body of work. Judged on its own merits, though, this album definitely calls for a more thorough examination of the Sonic Youth catalog.
Anyway, what does the album sound like, you might ask? Well, if I say so myself, pretty great. My own personal experience indicated that this album requires an ear for detail and repeated listens to get into, so I recommend to any listeners that they give this album some time and attention before rendering a judgement one way or another. Based on what I've read, this album isn't as extravagant or adventurous as Sonic Youth's previous work, but that doesn't mean it's without its charm.
"Murray Street" as a whole has a rather trippy and melodic vibe; I could even go so far as to describe much of the material here as "laid-back," but not at all in a bad way. The musicianship here is very high-quality, but the band members clearly aren't out to beat you over the head with their chops; one reason this album took me a while was because the subtleties of the music were gradually revealed to me with each subsequent listen.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the year October 19, 2002
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From the very first opening notes of "The Empty Page", Jim O'Rourke's presence is already noticeable with the shimmering guitars and smooth rhythm section highlighting Thurston's enchanting, childlike voice. With the addition of a fifth member, that member being gifted post-rock alum Jim O'Rourke, Sonic Youth have expanded their sound for their latest effort "Murray Street" and they feel looser and more alive than ever. Deemed the band's "classic rock record" by Thurston Moore himself, Murray Street is one of the best guitar albums to come along in a long time, with the band spotlighting everything from the dense metal esque riffage of "Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style" to the intricate, interlocking dual guitars on "Rain on Tin", reminiscent of Television's Marquee Moon or the King Crimson 80s incarnation. Opting for vibrant waves of melody over juxtaposed noise, some fans of Sonic Youth may be disappointed at the seeming accessibility of this album, but Murray Street, while more melodic than most previous SY outings, certainly doesn't lack any edge. Instead, the noise and melody are so deeply melded and perfectly fused that the album simply sounds almost too cohesive for how sonically powerful it really is. As part 2 of Sonic Youth's planned trilogy, Murray Street is set up in similar fashion to NYC Ghosts and Flowers containing an extended Ranaldo song as the centerpiece, just like the title track on the preceding album, that spotlights Lee Ranaldo's trademark strangely warm, deadpan vocal delivery. Although a perfect album in nearly every way, the one song that pulls this album down is Kim Gordon's aggressive rant: "Plastic Sun". Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars free flowing cult album
this is my favorite Sonic Youth record and I know I'm not alone.
everything comes together here,also the production,this album sounds clean and fresh. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SFNico
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Sonic Youth
Typical is not a bad thing. While this album may not stand out compared to other albums, this is still a good album. Probably underrated... Read more
Published 15 months ago by John E. Bogeman II
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Youth
Songs are expansive. The first three feature Moore, then Lee, and then some Kim. So much distortion it will blow your mind. Read more
Published on January 4, 2010 by J. Friday
4.0 out of 5 stars amazon is silly
The picture provided is for the release "A Thousand Leaves", not "Murray Street". How could they get that wrong if the cover of "Murray Street" is the street sign?
Published on June 3, 2009 by David J. Balcer
5.0 out of 5 stars a sonic masterpiece
the Youth channels Television on "Rain on Tin"

"Sympathy for the Strawberry" is one of the finest songs in their catalog.

Buy this asap
Published on March 3, 2008 by Shane M. Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars top-notch Sonic Youth
As someone relatively new to SY (I first learned about them through their recent release "Rather Ripped") I have been discovering their catalogue over the last year and never cease... Read more
Published on July 17, 2007 by maxwax
5.0 out of 5 stars To me, This is their Best since 'Daydream Nation'
With this release, Sonic Youth's 'Murray Street' sounds like a return to their indie masterpiece -Daydream Nation- with a more soothing better produced recording. Read more
Published on July 15, 2007 by Chris G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
okay, so i got this album without knowing what to expect. i fell in love.

THE EMPTY PAGE - such a clean, refreshing song. powerful. Read more
Published on January 27, 2006 by Gustav Yrucrem
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It all started one rainy day the library. I was filing through the mass of cds to check out and came across Sonic Youth "Murray Street". Read more
Published on September 17, 2005 by Penumbra
4.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly their best work but still pretty damn good...
Named after the NY street where Sonic Youth's studio is located, this release goes off on less noisy tangents than they typically do. Read more
Published on March 11, 2005 by Stephen Cabral
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