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Anagrama [EP, Import]

Sonic Youth Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1. Anagrama
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3. Tremens
4. Mieux: De Corrosion

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Dès leurs débuts, parallèlement aux disques publiés par des compagnies comme le label hardcore SST, Sonic Youth sortait des live (et un fanzine) sur sa propre maison, Sonic Death. Bien qu'ayant signé pour Goo avec Geffen qui rééditera l'ensemble des disques précédents, les membres du groupe ont su ménager suffisamment de liberté dans leur contrat pour qu'ils puissent enregistrer, sous leur nom et sur leur nouveau label Sonic Youth Records, des albums expérimentaux, non publiables par une major. Après Washing Machine en 1995, sort un premier album, référence et titre SYR 1, à la pochette inspirée par une série française consacrée à l'électroacoustique – Thuston Moore est d'ailleurs un pro du détournement de pochette : sur Ecstatic Peace, son label personnel, il a repris celles de la série "Actuel" de BYG, du quartette Center Of The World, et même de la collection de musiques ethniques Ocora. Quatre longs morceaux aux titres français ("Improvisation ajoutée", "Mieux : de corrosion") renouent avec la veine débridée des albums antérieurs à 1984. Mis à part qu'entre-temps, chacun des musiciens a découvert d'autres horizons, notamment la musiques improvisée, le free jazz et la musique contemporaine dont les influences sont désormais majeures. D'autres albums suivent, SYR 2, SYR 3, etc., avec des invités comme Jim O'Rourke et DJ Olive. La démarche aura même une incidence sur la réalisation de NYC Ghosts & Flowers qui s'avère particulièrement expérimentale pour un album produit par Geffen. --Philippe Robert

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1.0 out of 5 stars Too far out Nov. 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
I guess you have to give a band like this credit for doing something so experimental. It's always hip to like these guys, and if you live in Williamsburg Brooklyn you can probably go on for hours pontificating about this album. Like "Man that part that was staticy and chaotic was genius!'. In a nut shell, since I've owned this album I've put it on twice and haven't found it to be that profound or inspirational. If you like Lou Reed's Metal Machine then this is the album for you. As for me give me Confusions Is Sex/Kill Yr. Idols and I'm fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best thing sonic youth has ever done Jan. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
fans of impressionist paintings would love this
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dreamy drones & soothing soundscapes April 23 2001
Format:Audio CD
The 1st of the SYR series is not surprisingly the most accessible. Steve Shelley plays different sounding drums & the 3 guitarists just let it chime away for however long they feel necessary, minus the restraints which a vocals ong can place, well maybe Sonic Youth never had that problem really, but this way it's totally about the music. Most of theis disc really is quite pleasant, only moving along @ a casual strolling pace without being slow or boring, Anagrama & Tremens are the main themes here while the other 2 tracks are more experimental for their own sake. I eevn once thought Tremens could be filed under triphop, unfortunately for SY, the hype of that was starting to die off around '97 when this was done. Anagrama was performed as the opening tune on the Thousand Leaves tour & I was lucky to hear/see it live twice, a classic. Mieux: de Corrosion is the noisiest/ most abrasive track to end it off & is a preview to what would happen on the Silver Sessions. If you like this definitely get SYR2/Slaapkamers Met Slagroom as they complement each other well [it rocks harder too], avoid SYR4 though unless you really want a challenge. SYR5's not bad either. warning: this cd is 22:43 long, around 1/2 that of a 'proper album' so now you know, but it's still HIGHLY worthwhile. open yr mind & yr musical perspectives...
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No vocals, just detuned guitars. Art using rock-and-roll tools. Chaotic to a novice listener, but easily appealing to patient open-minded musicians. After seven years with Geffen the Youth got sick of commercial music industry and went back underground to record this collection of "classic" pieces - with three electric guitars instead of a string orchestra. To add even artier feeling they packed the CD in a cardboard sleeve and wrote the track list and all fineprint (technicians, copyright etc.) in French. The perfect opening track "Anagrama" (Sonic Youth -> Noisy Touch) is an epic 9 minute piece, beginning with a soft distorted chord and quiet percussion. It continues with harmonic picks and arpegios and evolves into an ecstatic guitar fest - not losing tune and harmony for a second. For some that's Tchaikovsky. Second track, "Improvisation Ajoutée" ("Added Improvisation") was probably recorded when the band meant to play &quo! t;Anagrama", but something went wrong, so they just screwed around with some chords. "Tremens" is a slow improvised jam, again - harmonic and random at the same time. And the final "Mieux: de Corrosion" ("Best: of Corrosion") is exactly that - just wild guitar noise with occasional bursts with fast energetic rock riffs running around from speaker to speaker (yet another arty joke: somewhere the French fineprint says: "STEREO. This disk can be used on a mono player"). This rekkord and his successors in the SYR series are unseen diamonds. This is new Sonic Youth's Musical Perspective: Wait and see Hanson making an instrumental album and being hailed as pioneers of instrumental rock.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not ear candy March 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
this album is VERY different from anything i have heard. it is as if sonic youth wanted to return to their no wave roots. this album is a combination of classical music done with electric guitars or an orchestra using rock guitars. kimm gordon hs put down the bass and taken up guitar so now we have a three guitar no wave band. the music is not digested in one listen. it took me awhile to appreciate this.
funky effects over slightly distorted guitars. there are no vocals. it is all instrumental but the music is interesting enough to not miss voice. some of the songs are really pretty. out of all the syr discs, this, i think, is the most ear accesible. the drums do an awesome job of holding it all togehter but then again i never doubted steve shelly. he always was (and is) amazing.
again, i cannot stress enough that this is quite different so if your looking for something different then come on down and check this out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...
If you don't like this EP, I don't see how you can like Sonic Youth much in general unless you have to hear vocals. These bizarre explorations find Sonic Youth at their best. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2002 by "richlatta"
2.0 out of 5 stars Junk?
Don't get me wrong, i'm a BIG BIG fan of Sonic Youth and the experimental one, not the grunge one of Dirty. My fav is Daydream Nation and NYC ghosts and flowers is great! Read more
Published on July 2 2000 by Vincent Bergeron
4.0 out of 5 stars A bold new frontier
The first track, "Anagrama," may be a succinct summary of all that SY has done right with their last two albums, Washing Machine and 1000 Leaves. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2000 by "tksc"
4.0 out of 5 stars I Need Mo[o]re
This is the only 1 of the SYR series that I have though I want to get the others. It's 20-something minutes of clearly recorded instrumentals by our gurus, when I saw them for the... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Musical Journey
SYR 1, 2, and 3 (I can't wait for 4 and 5!) separate real music lovers from the fake. SYR 1 (especially "Anagrama," possibly SY's greatest achievement) will reward... Read more
Published on May 9 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Like no other
I would have bought this album if it were 2X the $. Anagrama is full of so much joy, like a ether enhanced buffered rollercoaster ride for yr skull. Very nice.
Published on March 31 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars at least there isn't a video
the mighty Sonic Youth stretch their musical legs a little, and get off the Geffen bandwagon, and play some fun stuff. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 1998 by Seth Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Horendouse
my advisory to anyone who thinks about buying this, DONT. I love sonic youth but if you buy this your wasting your money. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 1998 by thurston90@hotmail.com
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