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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.Read more ›
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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November 6 2004 my son was born,,, Other than being significant for that reason, it would also be the day I sent in my very last Columbia House 12 CD's for a penny deal card. Read morePublished 22 months ago by wally gator
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I'm someone who thinks that the band's three CDs previous to this one range between bad and not especially good. But, I do like this one. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Scott McFarland
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I actually was only recently exposed to Sonic Youth, but they have quickly become an all time favorite band for me. Read morePublished on June 27, 2009 by The Pitiful Anonymous
As proven with one of their most solid singles to date (Unmade Bed), Sonic Youth continued their late career refinement with this virtual compilation and... Read more
I wasn't a huge fan of Murray Street, but this album blows me away. After Murray Street, I thought maybe they had lost their touch and weren't going to retire with a kick. Read morePublished on May 25, 2006 by Mom to many
Another album, experimental as always, but at the same time it is listenable.....The melodies are obscure, consisting of harmonics, and sound manipulation with the effects. Read morePublished on March 17, 2006 by Matt Exp. Guitarist