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  • Summary: The Sonic Youth singer releases his first solo album since 1995 on his own label.
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  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. Trees Outside The Academy is a relaxed, organic record that charms without really trying, and perhaps the closest Moore will ever come to the lost Moby Grape album. [Sep 2007, p.57]
  3. Trees Outside The Academy is a masterclass of prog drugginess, brimming with sweet melodies and lullaby choruses.
  4. It caps it all off to be as blunt, open and insightful as you would expect from someone you're now on first name terms with.
  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. Still, there's plenty of Moore's signature rock action here--from the incendiary 'Wonderful Witches' to the languidly paced guitar jam of 'Silver Blue'--to make Trees a facinating subplot in the continuing story of Sonic Youth. [Summer 2007, p.76]
  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
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  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 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 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