- Audio CD (Nov. 26 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: EP, Import
- Label: Sonic Youth / Syr
- ASIN: B000005R7T
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
|2. Improvisation Ajoutee|
|4. Mieux: De Corrosion|
this record, notably for track one, "anagrama", is my favorite record I own, no doubts. I love sonic youth, but understand that they are not for everyone. Anagrama is their pinnacle of listenability, it is the music for the dream of the story of your life. the two middle tracks seem to be schizophrenic variations/degradations of anagrama, until track four "mieux: de corrosion" which sounds to me like bombs being dropped on a car wash, with all the alarms of the cars going off. it is terrifying noise and is grandly irritating, which offsets the sheer beauty of the first track. while the fourth track is a gift to long-time sonic youth fans that have watched them evolve, the first track should be a gateway for those who have never heard SY before. No mix I make for someone lacks this song. it fits in nicely with the godspeed!, mogwai type of crescendo rock, but it is inherently beautiful and (along with SY's "unwind", "snare, girl" "beauty lies in the eye") is a wonderful testament to what sonic youth primarily does -- create something with noise that is no longer noise.
But, this one is a total weak one. It really sound like bad jams and forgotten tapes filled with "clichés" of the band weird sequences of noise. Nothing new is explored during the first tracks. The last track is not bad, but that's it. Go get SYR 2 which is MUCH better and deeper.
But contrasting the ethereal high of 'Anagrama' is the blatent and loud closer. The final track, "de corrosion," does just that. It is a maelstrom of flanged noises: pick scrapes and squeals, light snare, and even the perennial distorted rock chord. Are we looking at a taxonomy of sonic possibilities? Are these sounds to be taken as field studies for something more glorious? The flanger never sounded so fresh.
I think that it is fitting that Geffen has released SY from their contract just when the band is reaching new heights. Geffen can look for the next teen sensation and we'll stick with the youth.