- 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
- Record Label: Interscope
- Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
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Entertainment WeeklySonic Youth find a balance--between formlessness and structure, melody and cacophony--that's eluded them for a while. [28 Jun 2002, p.142]
The WireSonic Youth have made a joyful return to their No Wave hardcore rock roots with a vibrating set of muscular songs which glide effortlessly from Gooey power pop to full on guitarmageddon meltdown, skulled out psychedelia and beyond. [#220, p.53]
For the first time in their careers, Sonic Youth are willing to stand for something and give it to you, no frills. No more hiding behind black shades and pretending you're Lou Reed, no more let's try to make the scariest noises possible from our guitars sessions, no more poses. Sonic Youth have grown up.
Murray Street doesn't mark an epochal moment for Sonic Youth, but its familiar nods and new ingredients--from Steve Shelley's occasionally near-funky drumming to O'Rourke's tingly laptop textures--stake out another high point for a band achieving self-realization by reconciling self-absorption with a sigh and a smile.
SpinThis time around, the band square their artier tendencies with their sweet tooth for classic psych-rock. [Aug 2002, p.110]
Positive: 13 out of 13
Mixed: 0 out of 13
Negative: 0 out of 13
BrockGJul 10, 2006Modern masterpiece.
CaesarM.Sep 7, 2002Best album since Dirty.
murphJun 28, 2002the only band that matters
JonathanHApr 13, 2004Brilliant, another masterpiece by Sonic Youth
CMeckAug 24, 2002Best from SY in around a decade- they'll still good live too!
jimrApr 7, 2003at 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
PatrikS.Oct 16, 2002The Gods have spoken.
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