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A Thousand Leaves

Sonic Youth Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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1. Contre Le Sexisme
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6. French Tickler
7. Hits Of Sunshine (For Alan Ginsberg)
8. Karen Koltrane
9. The Ineffable Me
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The ageless Sonic Youth return with a new, yet familiar, excursion into their own particular brand of ultra-amplified, dissonant rock. The quartet's CD A Thousand Leaves evokes fond memories of yesteryear's noisy, now-classic, avant-garde approach, while retaining snippets of traditional pop elements heard on several of their previous major-label releases. As Sonic Youth's music has gained a larger audience, they've preserved doses of the crunched melody and meandering structure that has always been their trademark. The new release sounds relatively unabashed, with wandering songs like "Female Mechanic Now on Duty" spewing extended barrages of feedback and Kim Gordon's dry, unsettling scowls at the listener. Look deeper, however, and there's a quiet resonance among the racket, with tracks like "Sunday" and "Snare, Girl" making use of Thurston Moore's cooler vocal tone and jagged, cascading guitar passages. --Matthew Cooke

Review

Packed with blank beats, squalling distortion, and ear- torturing discord, Leaves is bracing and abrasive in ways rock records rarely are. Easy listening it ain't. But neither is it much fun, and that's the problem. Although the Youth can balance consonance and dissonance to striking effect ... such slyly subverted pop is scarce. Instead, what we get are dour drones and self-indulgent noise- feats. -- Entertainment Weekly

Several of the chugging mid-tempo songs sound like half-baked garage jams badly in need of editing.... [T]oo many tracks beg for the strong hooks and the sonic youthfulness that marked earlier releases. -- USA Today

Utilizing all manner of sound effects, from what seems like snatches of radio static and pumping steam pistons to dissonant guitar feedback, the band creates eerily hypnotic soundscapes over which [Kim] Gordon's vocals sound ethereal, angry or bemused, as if she's talking out loud during a bad dream. Moore's vocals, meanwhile, sound like those of Neil Young, whose disdain for traditional pop song structure he also seems to share. Some tracks are standouts ... and they demonstrate why this ... band has survived so long. -- People

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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Jan. 21 2005
By Robert
Format:Audio CD
i love this album so much, i remember back in the day all my friends thought it was too weird and want to listen to shitty music like Sublime or Tool, i was like SONIC YOUTH!!! why? because they're wicked, listen to this cd alone with some LSD!! and you'll see/hear/love this album as SONIC YOUTH's GREATEST ALBUM!!!
Amazing...
"Sunday" was the single
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luvvv it June 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
So many Sonic Youth fans consider A Thousand Leaves to be drifting, unfocused material. That is just absurd nonsense! They have always been an experimental band and this particular album the songs are composed with so much thought and artistic ambition that you cannot help but be completely enveloped in its terrific splendor. Definitely a mood-setting album; best for those rainy days, car trips, or dreary afternoons. Every song on here is an adventure. Gordon's punky songs and Ranaldo + Moore's avant-garde create the perfect balance. Get your (...) out there and buy this cd!
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4.0 out of 5 stars the mature sonic youth June 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
Much more profound than "goo" or "dirty" this album sees Sonic Youht going with more confidence into a direction that "Washing Machine" had set the tone for. After the epic noiseworld of "Diamond Sea" you will find in here a similar world with the riffs, feedback and noise effects of of "Sunday" and "Female Mechanic ". Songs like "Wildflower soul" and "Karen Coltrane" have interesting guitars loops that follow each other beautifully."Hoarfrost" shows that Thurston can actually sing well. Kim Gordon's singing however is dreadful and the last three tracks are just bad.This is one of the things I have to criticize about "A Thousand Leaves". Another thing is that I find the album having long songs that "dwell" too much in the same level continuing but never reaching a high point.On the other hand the "Hits of Sunshine" although somewhat repetitious is stylish, trippy, not boring at all."A thousand leaves" is the outcome of a band have matured from a "teenage-riot" punk-trash band to an evolved quartet actually having made a name for themselves in creating "their" music.
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Basically this is probably SY's most accessable album after the poppy Dirty. Gordon's songs are all angry, except for the opener. Lee and Thourston still have that smooth swagger we know and love them for, they sound tons more sublime and Gordon's songs sound a little out of place but its a nice contrast. "Sunday" is my favorite Sonic Youth song ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thousand stars Dec 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
"A thousand leaves" remains to be Sonic Youth's one of the best albums.While some noisy alternative tracks are contained here too ("female mechanic now on duty","The innefable me","French tickler"), the band creates rick and hypnotising soundscapes on many songs especially on wonderfull 11 minutes long "Hits of sunshine".htere are too many good things to write about.
I apreciate their other albums but this albums is simply unforgettable and deep.if you search for emotions in music than you must listen to it.definitly my favourite Sonic youth album
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5.0 out of 5 stars so damn pleasing! Oct. 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's not often that a band makes a record this good this late into their career. With A Thousand Leaves, they sound fresh without totally disbanding their old sound. In fact, this album sounds a lot like Daydream Nation... I'd even go so far as to say it's more focused and cohesive than Daydream Nation.
Sonic Youth has kindof been forgotten over the past few years, largely because they kept making Goo over and over again, but this album puts them back in the square. A recommended buy for old and new fans alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This one needs time... July 2 2002
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I don't understand why some people compare A Thousand Leaves to Washing Machine, because both albums are way different. I have never really enjoyed listening to Washing Machine, it just sounded so 'empty'; there's really no other way for me to put it. When I first heard A Thousand Leaves in a store I was utterly dissapointed and made my interest in Sonic Youth shrink to zero. That wasn't permanent though; I saw them in concert last week and I decided to try out some albums I once gave up on. I got A Thousand Leaves, tried it again, and then suddenly, half into Female Mechanic Now On Duty, the album seemed to open up, reveal itself, and I was amazed.
Starting off with the weird, eerie Contre Le Sexisme, you have no idea what Sonic Youth's upto now, especially not when Sunday starts; a great, catchy tune with a pretty noise-intermezzo in the middle. Then off to Female Mechanic Now On Duty; actually a song in two parts, the first one being quite tough with Kim's retching vocals and actually pretty ugly instrumentation, where at the second part the song transforms into a pretty melody. It's certainly a song that needs time, but several listens will reward you. Wilflower Soul is a nice, 9-minute thing which builds itself up nicely. Great tune, though not as great as the dipped-in-melancholy Hoarfrost; really one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard where Lee takes the listener with him on a dream-like trip down a snowy forest. The guitars here are so pretty it's unbelievable. French Tickler. Many don't seem to get this song, though I was instantly caught by it. It revolves around a great melody (again, one of the best by SY I have ever heard) which suddenly makes place for Kim going heavy again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth's modern masterpiece...
Along with Washing Machine, A Thousand Leaves is a clear indication that Sonic Youth have transcended the barriers of punk, noise, avant-garde, etc. Read more
Published on May 25 2002 by Aron Hsiao
4.0 out of 5 stars A little too spacey...not for everybody to say the least
As Sonic Youth has evolved they've went from extremly eclectic noise, to Sister and Daydream Nation's pseudo "progressive" vibes to Goo and Dirty's more mainstream sound... Read more
Published on April 11 2002 by Raldante McGillis
5.0 out of 5 stars spooky, wild, free, uncomfortable, lovely
While this may be a bit too unusual in form for other fans, this is a very unique masterpeice in all aspects which seems to posess a raw and untamed sound in addition to being one... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2001 by S. R Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars A true sonic masterpiece
This is now my favorite sonic youth release. I love the way it was recorded. It has this whole floating and carefree vibe to it. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2001 by Chet Mohr
5.0 out of 5 stars one of SY's strongest albums
Sonic Youth never fitted so comfortably in the Seattle-based grunge scenes of the early nineties. They tried to fit in and appeal the Lollapalooza crowd with the release of Goo and... Read more
Published on March 23 2001 by almosthappy
4.0 out of 5 stars A THOUSAND LEAVES, A THOUSAND THOUGHTS
SONIC YOUTH'S 1998 RELEASE "A THOUSAND LEAVES" DISPLAYS A LOUDER, MORE EXPERIMENTAL ALBUM THAN THE GROUP'S PREVIOUS LP WASHING MACHINE. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2001 by nowaveshow
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