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Sister (180 Gram LP)
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`Sister' was initially released on SST records in 1987, and in my mind stands as the quintessential Sonic Youth release. There is a mythic, mystical undercurrent pulling the listener thru this delicious album. It is hard to quantify and explain. The guitar interplay of Thurston and Lee is something special- at times beautifully melodic, dissonant, violent, loving, and ethereal. These songs really speak to me.
This awesome work open with `Schizophrenia' (you really need to hear this song live sometime). I like how both Kim and Thurston share vocals on this track- something they should do more often, which they do in fact numerous times on `Sister'. Lyrically this is one of Sonic Youth's finest efforts, which should be no surprise to anyone when they realize that the Youth were heavily into Philip K. Dick at the time this album was written. Feelings of insanity, isolation, loneliness, chaos, and love pervade `Sister'- for these were all themes with which Dick was intimately familiar.Read more ›
Sister is one of my rotating SY favorites (Daybream, BMR, Evol and Goo are all there as is the horror captured within Confusion is Sex) and is the Sonic Youth album that people should hear first (along with Daydream Natio). It conveys the sound of EVOL, which is the band realizing that they can find the gray area of their choatic, destroy everything side and their softer, beat poetry love sound, into one cohesive whole. The songs on Sister speak for themselves, on one hand, with noticable SY classics such as Schizophrenia, Catholic Block (an awesome one-two punch that kickstarts the album), Stereo Sanctity, PCH, and Kotton Krown. But one the other hand, certain tracks grown on you beautifully like the awesome cover of Hot Wire My Heart and my personal favorite track of the album, Master-Dik.
The albums nuances show themselves in the little details. I'm a huge fan of Phillip K. Dick and the lyrics of this album are wonderfully inspired by him (my favorite example: "I can't get laid 'cuz everyone is dead" on Stereo Sanctity). SY are known just as much for their loudmouthed praising of avant garde geniouses like Dick, as well as artists like Raymond Pettibon and movements like the No-wave scene and the SST scene (which helped them get on the label), as much as for their music itself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good and consistent album. My favorite tracks: "Tuff Gnarl" is agonically beautiful and poetic; the lyrics don't make sense by themselves but they complement a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by OALM
Not the most pleasant record in the world, but then again they
weren't trying to be Madonna. Deep into the psyches of altered
emotional states, where you're not sure... Read more
Perfect. Everything about the purchase was perfect. I would buy it again if I had more money to spare. Thanks.Published on January 17, 2014 by bradley
There are several sonic youth cds that stand out on my list and some dont SISTER is one that is a very enjoyable listen from start to finish, thou its not as good as some of their... Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by MUSICFAN89
It was much faster than what I thought. The vinyl got at my place almost a month before the expected day. Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by Simone Sardeiro
Check the cd version for reviews, there are a lot of them. i love this album and this vinyl sounds great. there is insert that includes lyrics. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by j.r.
Simply Sonic Youth's best album the NYC Gods have released to date and i can't imagine it will be beaten either. From start to finish "Sister" is brilliant! 10/10 albumPublished on July 3, 2009 by Daniel J. Leonard
Although I certainly prefer my Sonic Youth a little further down the line, this could be considered good quality early work, when the band had begun to master... Read more
Although I have had a stereotyped view of "alternative" music for many years, Sonic Youth have undoubtedly been (close to) the most acclaimed band of the past 25 years, with David... Read morePublished on November 29, 2007 by mianfei