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  • Summary: The Sonic Youth singer releases his first solo album since 1995 on his own label.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Moore turns inward and turns down, which works to his advantage.
  2. Whilst Trees Outside The Academy isn't quite as breathtaking as it could/should be, especially given the niggling-feeling that Moore didn't give the album 100% of his attention, even when he had a fresher formula at his disposal, it does contain some consistently strong material that complements as well as outshines his best latter-day Sonic Youth wares.
  3. Trees might be at its best when Moore gives into the freewheeling vibe that is the natural outgrowth of spending your adult life engaged in on-stage jam sessions.
  4. 80
    The material is of consistently luminous order. [Oct 2007, p.90]
  5. It doesn’t pretend to hold a candle to the big-dogs and game-changing double albums that cacophonised your youth, nor does it want to.
  6. Trees Outside the Academy, as a whole, is not the musician’s best work, but it’s worth the listen for anyone interested.
  7. Trying too hard to mimic his band’s tried-and-true telepathy with only karaoke-level results, it's easy to see he thinks he’s run out of ways to experiment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. AlanS.
    Sep 27, 2007
    10
    PURE SONIC LOVE! A real evolution in Thurston's style mixing rock, folk, acoustic noise with a wonderful lyrical dimension that is refreshing and never boring at any stage... Expand
  2. Joe
    May 24, 2009
    9
    Such a nice album, much better than Psychic Hearts.
  3. zoodude
    Sep 27, 2007
    8
    A fine album. The guitars sound beautiful and the songwriting is pure quality. It's a relatively quiet affair but Moore still rocks out on a few occasions. This solo effort avoids self-indulgence and pretentious experimentation in favour of a more direct and melodic approach, with great results. Expand