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NYC Ghosts & Flowers [Explicit Lyrics]

Sonic YouthAudio CD
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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 (May 16, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00004T3XL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's either a blessing or a shame that the risks Sonic Youth take don't really matter any more. No longer the groundbreakers, or the train spotters they've played in the past, they are now a band like any other. They play for the sheer joy of sound, the kinetics of experience. There's no other reason left to do it--which must be incredibly liberating, and more than a little sad. NYC Ghosts & Flowers is marked by the same yearning calm that defined its predecessor, A Thousand Leaves. The hooks are conspicuous in their absence, as if to say the battle may be over, and we're better off having lost. The notable exception to this brilliant game of implication is "Nevermind (What Was It Anyway?)," an obvious indictment of the decade-defining "alt-rock" phenomenon SY partially inspired. It's only fitting that this track sounds lost amid an album far too wrapped in its own interior explorations to bother stating the obvious. Sure, you could say that NYC Ghosts & Flowers is the group's best record since Daydream Nation--what's a new Sonic Youth album without such an assessment?--but to do so would deprive them of their greatest achievement. No longer fashionable or influential, Sonic Youth persist in the strength of their own passions. They matter to themselves. To hell with everyone else. --Matt Hanks

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the progressive direction May 17, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Sonic Youth's latest release, "NYC Ghosts & Flowers," continues the artistic direction they have taken since they hit their creative lull in the early 90s.
In 1988, Sonic Youth released "Daydream Nation," which stood as their masterwork after several years of writing and performing exploratory rock music. They subsequently signed a major-label deal with Geffen/DGC Records where they released a couple of good pop albums, "Goo" and "Dirty." While those albums contained some quality songs, they seemed to suggest that Sonic Youth were taking a break from progressing through their musical explorations. The album following those two, "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star" turned out to be the least interesting of all, as it sounded like an arrangement of outtakes purged from their previous two records.
In 1995, however, Sonic Youth was back on track with the release of "Washing Machine," which hinted at the group's philosophy on performing live. "Washing Machine," however, was just a precursor to "1,000 Leaves," the album that marked Sonic Youth's return to being one of the most intriguing bands in rock music.
"NYC Ghosts" marks a further point in their journey through musical artistry. Melodies creep up behind waves of noise, catching a ride and transforming the sounds into something entirely new and fresh within the same song. Meloncholy tunes are twisted into hints of uplifting ideas and vice versa. The waves crash, and the current pulls them back as new waves begin to form behind them, and reincarnated sounds and melodies jump on for a new ride.
Sonic Youth is back in full form, and it is well worth the listen to see where the new ride takes you.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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So what if "NYC Ghosts & Flowers" will not sell a million, and spawn massivly popular radio singles? This is Sonic Youth we are talking about, and only one thing is important in sonikland: the music. And as long as the listener opens their mind to the album, they will surely find something in it. In some ways, this is the album Sonic Youth's entire career has lead up to. There are obvious parts of "Sister", "Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star", and of course "A Thousand Leaves", but nods to all of their albums can be found within. Although nothing that qualifies as grunge can be found, the themes are sometimes the same, and the energy is uniquely Sonic. The opener, "Free City Rhymes" is an excellent Thurston song, as good as anything he has written since "Dirty". The Thurston-Kim tag team "Renegade Princess" isn't great, but the guitar might remind the listener of a different time in their career, and makes up for the lyrics. Kim's "Nevermind (What Was it Anyway)" is carried by a brilliant Tom Verlaine influenced guitar part courtesy of Lee Ranaldo. "StreamXSonik Subway" is another strong Thurston number that draws the listener right back in if they haven't been paying attention after "Side2Side", which is not bad, but kind of gets lost in the middle. Thurston's other song, "Small Flowers Crack Concrete" finds him loosely imitating Lee's more poetic style, which works, but not as well as Lee's own fantasic title track. "NYC Ghosts & Flowers" is probably the best song on the album, proving how well the new approach can work. Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth, back to their roots. May 16, 2000
By Dsc
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Sonic Youth has been a band who successfully hugged the outer edges of rock, embracing even the most unlistenable sounds and combining them with something uncannily poppy. On "nyc ghosts" they continue the trend that established them as one of the true godfathers of punk and avant garde music in America. You'll find more of the twisted harmonies, except you'll notice they're leaning more on the avant side. The poppy melodies here are more currents and lying in the underbelly rather than the main engine that pumps through the chorus, as heard on other Sonic Youth albums. You'll hear more John Cage-ish, experimental orchestral arrangements on this album; more than you'd expect. But then again, you'll hear those harsh sounds perfectly blended with harmonic, angelic harmonies the way only Sonic Youth can pull them off. It's almost as if Sonic Youth were looking back on their musical roots and pointing to specific arrangements and saying to themselves, "Imagine if we did that today." That's what you'll find: a mature look back on the edgy, gritty sounds that established the Youth as a staple in American punk rock. But it's not like a grandpa looking back through an old photo album and reminiscing about the past. It's more like Evel Knievel looking through old footage and saying, "Give me the ramps, dammit, I can do that stunt better."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever May 19, 2000
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This is another brilliant record from Sonic Youth. As far as I am concerned, this is the sound of a band that has a lot more distance yet to run. People might look back on the days when they produced lo-fi, quasi-punk albums such as 'Daydream Nation' and 'Dirty' as being their heyday, after which the nineties revealed a steady decline. This is all rubbish. Sonic Youth have never been for the masses - and now they are for the few. It is too much even to think of them as a rock group anymore: the SYR series showed that they have more respect for the dissonant guitar structures of Jim O'Rourke (who produces on this) and modern composers such as John Cage than for punk.
The album opens with 'Free City Rhymes', a track that recalls parts of 'Washing Machine', starts off melodically before disintergrating into familiar chaos. It is not really indicative of what is to follow, but is fantastic nevertheless. 'Renegade Princess' is your true induction: harshly grating sound that will require more than one listen to truly appreciate. 'Nevermind (What Was It Anyway?)' and 'Small Flowers Crack Concrete' both begin slowly and (horror!) with a tune before betraying your trust (in the nicest possible way) by overloading you with bizarre bleeps and frantic drums. 'Side2Side' and 'StreamXSonik Subway', the next two tracks, are the ones that will separate the patient, real fans from those that are still searching for another 'Sister'. Strange but beautiful. Next up: the title track. Similarly structures to the opener, but the mood completely different. It really 'feels' like walking through a city falling apart at the hands of violence and history. Brilliant! - is this Sonic Youth's best song to date? No - it's 'Lightnin'', the last piece that pushes the boundaries of music even further. Imagine 'Invito Al Cielo' off SYR3 given an adrenalised makeover. And you're close. A perfect end to the best album of the twenty-first century (so far!).
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1.0 out of 5 stars the worst record ever made by a great American band!!
Mon, deese cats been snickerin' up dey sleeves wich da release of de ghosts & de flowrs dey New Jork, mon, city!

dis been de most atrocityous listening exp. Read more
Published on May 22, 2009 by hillary
2.0 out of 5 stars matt hanks stanx
This is the best since DayDream Nation Matt Hanks I havent even heard it and i know you?? What else do you edit? Read the editorial review above..
Published on December 22, 2008 by Jann Vunkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling at its best
I read the negative reviews about this album. On the contrary I think this is one of their best. It is this album that made me fell in love with Sonic Youth. Read more
Published on December 18, 2008 by C. Chau
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, yes...
Whatever the other reviewers said, especially those paid for thier opinions, I LIKE this album. I really LIKE this sound. Read more
Published on July 10, 2006 by Steven M. Fregeau
1.0 out of 5 stars The sound of boredom...
I found this at a thrift store. Figured "hey, a cheap Sonic Youth CD, I haven't heard them for awhile." Should have left it in the store. Read more
Published on April 21, 2006 by K. Doyle
2.0 out of 5 stars I wish i could be nicer..
This album does have one REALLY good song, which is the opening track, "FREE CITY RHYMES".. it's really excellent. and this album does have good lyrics. Read more
Published on January 27, 2006 by Gustav Yrucrem
5.0 out of 5 stars Better then Some Worse then others
Sonic Youth has matured considerably since Washing Macine in 1995. A Thousand Leaves started where it had left of. Read more
Published on January 8, 2006 by Dr. Gonzo
5.0 out of 5 stars more avant garde!
sonic youth are by no means strangers to experimentation, & this is yet another one of their masterpieces. Read more
Published on July 18, 2005 by John Doe
4.0 out of 5 stars You fools!!!
This is a great album. Not SY sounding, but still reallly good. For those who don't kwnow it yet, this is inspired by the post-rock movement (sounds A LOT like early June of '44,... Read more
Published on March 26, 2005 by Louis-Martin Tremblay
2.0 out of 5 stars bad cd about a bad city.
new york city used to be cool, yeah. if i'd gotten this album when it came out i might be saying the same thing about sonic youth!! then i might not have looked into murray st. Read more
Published on March 11, 2005 by space_antelope
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