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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
Score distribution:
  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. Sonic 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]
  3. Murray Street achieves that rare thing for any band - real consistency.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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    This time around, the band square their artier tendencies with their sweet tooth for classic psych-rock. [Aug 2002, p.110]
  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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