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Sonic Nurse Enhanced, Import

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2004 album & 2nd as a 5 piece. Epic jams and experimental grooves from one of the greatest bands ever.

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If all Sonic Youth albums pretty much sound alike, as skeptics grumble, some Sonic Youth albums definitely sound more alike than others. And Sonic Nurse is one of those. Practically Sonic Youth concentrate, the disc manages to sound like a distillation of the band's career and a promise that they can keep doing this forever. Sonic Youth has trimmed away its more direct hooks, while also curbing its artier indulgences. That isn't to say that melody or noise is absent--especially when it's Kim Gordon's turn to rant on cuts such as "Mariah Carey and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream"--but that these elements are carefully balanced and defer to an overall sound that's richer than ever now that newest member Jim O'Rourke has fully integrated himself into the band's gestalt. The mood may be pastoral and domestic, but often, as on "Peace Attack," it's grounded in an undercurrent of concern. --Keith Harris
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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000255LAM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the keyboard of a devoted Sonic Youth fan:
Out of Sonic Youth albums? A four out of five. Of other 2004 albums? A five out of five. From the start of "Pattern Recognition" to the end of "Peace Attack" you'll get your fair share of the Youth's melodic dissonance. It's a more structured and separated album compared to that of Washing Machine and NYC Ghosts & Flowers in that each song is unique and clearly distinguished from one another.

"Pattern Recognition" is the strong start that such an album requires with Kim's unruffled vocals. As Pattern Recognition finishes, enter:

"Unmade Bed," a mellow "Thurston" song that, for myself, took a while to grow on me, but in the end, I love it. It's also a favorite of theirs to play at the late night shows they have been frequenting recently. An excellent choice on S.Y.'s part in that it features another of their beautiful cacophonous instrumental interludes.

You get another dose of Thurston's singing in the third track "Dripping Dream." The background of their three screeching guitars in the first verse slides into an easy, almost jazz-like, chorus. Then, since it runs for almost eight minutes you get another healthy dose of Sonic's instrumental noise-genius.

Next up? "Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream" This song is always announced live as "Mariah Carey and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream" but was changed on the album to avoid lawsuit. It's driven by Gordon's convicting and almost harsh lyrics that encourage Mariah to "get down before you fall and hurt someone." Open to interpretation, but to myself, comments on the superficial attitude of the entertainment industry.
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i am 16 years old, and have been enjoying Sonic Youth for about half a year now. Daydream Nation is my favorite, however, often times aged music is scorned on by my peers, and it isnt something that we'd listen to together in the car. This album, although nowhere near as revolutionary as their other albums is very catchy and enjoyable. And is personally valuable to me because it is proof of a living legend, and because it is new it justifies listening to it with friends. Old SY fans will definately enjoy this album, while ppl new to SY may or may not enjoy Sonic Nurse. For you newbies be warned that this music isnt simple and pretty. It is often dissonent, intense, and confusing, but not to fear as there are plenty of pretty melodies -- because of this contrast of sound the music is a much more accurate description of life, and IMO, a much more satisfying listen...Sonic Youth has definately become a part of my life as I hope it will yours, and I would love nothing more than to see a live performance in my lifetime. Definately check out EVOL, Daydream Nation, Dirty, and Sy's other wondreful and inspiring works!
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Sonic Youth is an interesting band to say the least. They stand pretty much alone in their advant-garde noise rock style, yet have influenced many bands throughout the years.

Sonic Nurse, along with Murray Street, is a twilight album. The underlying meanings in the songs are less agressive than in their earlier days, and the intrumentalization has drastically toned down in intensity.

But the undeniable Sonic Youth Presence is still their. The somewhat sloppy guitar solos of Lee Ranaldo, the mellow, expressive voice of Thurston Moore, the compitent drumwork of Steve Shelly, and Kim is still pounding away on the bass.

Here is a rundown of the songs on the album:

Pattern Recognition: Decent Kim opener. Sets the dark tone for the album. 7/10

Unmade Bed: Fantastic heartfelt song about a woman who is ready to get back into a destructive relationship. The narrator is trying to stop her. 9/10

Dripping Dream: The most expressive sounding song on the album. The guitar solos are golden. 9/10

Mariah Carey and the Arthur Conan Doyle Hand Cream: Here's a fact about the band Sonic Youth: Kim Gordan can not sing all that well. The harder she tries, the worse she sounds. 5/10

Stones: Awesome intro, but the song kind of gets tedious: 7.5/10

Dude Ranch Nurse: Good Kim song, cool guitar effects: 7.5/10

New Hampshire: This song sounds overdone at times, but it still solid. 8/10

Paper Cut Exit: The only song on this album where Lee sings, its a pretty good 9/11 song. 7.5/10

I Love You Golden Blue: This is an awesome, awesome Kim song. She whispers the vocals, which adds to the somewhat lonesome effect of the song. 9/10

Peace Attack: Great song with cool guitar solos. Very Mellow. 9/10
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Initially I thought this record was okay, definitely not a patch on Murray Street (an album which totally revitalised my interest in Sonic Youth, which had reach nil with NYC G&F...)...after a few more spins, the weak tracks seemed stronger, and I felt it was at least as good as Murray, maybe even as good as "Dirty"...now, after a few more, I am enslaved completely. This is the best album ever. I may be an exception as I've always preferred 90's SY to '80's SY, but...damn. The worst thing I can say about this album is that it's not the most challenging or original thing they've done...but, when you have an entire album seemingly constructed out of the same cloth as "Rain on Tin", "Diamond Sea", "Theresa's Sound World" and "Dirty Boots", there's no appropriate response but TOTAL PLEASURE OVERLOAD. It's like the members of SY have directed all of their massive compositional and instrumental skills, honed to perfection over 20 years, towards one singular goal: creating the most drippily gorgeous, spacewardly psychedelic guitar jammage ever conceived.
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