Murray Street - Sonic Youth
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Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

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  • Summary: Now into their third decade of recording, Sonic Youth offer up a return to form that has more in common with their output of the 80s than with anything they have released in recent years. Multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke, who worked with the band on their previous effort 'NYC Ghosts &Now into their third decade of recording, Sonic Youth offer up a return to form that has more in common with their output of the 80s than with anything they have released in recent years. Multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke, who worked with the band on their previous effort 'NYC Ghosts & Flowers,' is now a full-fledged member of the group. Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Sonic Youth find a balance--between formlessness and structure, melody and cacophony--that's eluded them for a while. [28 Jun 2002, p.142]
  2. There is just enough balance between the tune, and the unexpected jazz chords, ear-splitting squeals, and lovely harmonic noises to make it forever listenable.
  3. Consider Murray Street to be Sonic Youth's calmer, more introspective journey into the science of sound, one filled with just as many gifts as their earlier, more hard-hitting works. It's filled with rewarding listens.
  4. Murray Street is like falling asleep with the TV on and waking to rapturous white noise.
  5. Murray Street achieves that rare thing for any band - real consistency.
  6. Written with some basic, inviting rock structures, the album replaces the hyper energy and angst of older material with slowed-down, complex textures and delicate grooves -- but still rocks out intermittently.
  7. The new album isn't terrible, just dull.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. BrockG
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    Modern masterpiece.
  2. CaesarM.
    Sep 7, 2002
    10
    Best album since Dirty.
  3. murph
    Jun 28, 2002
    10
    the only band that matters
  4. JonathanH
    Apr 13, 2004
    10
    Brilliant, another masterpiece by Sonic Youth
  5. CMeck
    Aug 24, 2002
    9
    Best from SY in around a decade- they'll still good live too!
  6. jimr
    Apr 7, 2003
    9
    at first, no i didnt get it. didnt match up to evol, sister, daydream nation or confusion is sex...then on the right day, maybe 4th at first, no i didnt get it. didnt match up to evol, sister, daydream nation or confusion is sex...then on the right day, maybe 4th listen...i got it--its beauty can ravage you. Expand
  7. PatrikS.
    Oct 16, 2002
    9
    The Gods have spoken.

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