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Confusion Is Sex [Best of]

Sonic Youth Audio CD
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1. (She's In A) Bad Mood
2. Protect Me You
3. Freezer Burn/I Wanna Be Your Dog
4. Shaking Hell
5. Inhuman
6. The World Looks Red
7. Confusion Is Next
8. Making The Nature Scene
9. Lee Is Free
10. Kill Yr. Idols
11. Brother James
12. Early American
13. Shaking Hell (Live)

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Après un excellent premier album éponyme publié par le label du compositeur contemporain new-yorkais Glenn Branca, Neutral, Sonic Youth réalise avec Confusion Is Sex un projet encore plus fidèle à ses obsessions. Les deux guitaristes Thurston Moore et Lee Ranaldo sont des fans de free jazz, de musique contemporaine, de krautrock mais aussi de punk et de hardcore. L'influence de Branca et de ses symphonies pour guitares électriques comme de Theoretical Girls, groupe punk qu'il anime dès 1978 avec Wharton Tiers, qui deviendra le fidèle ingénieur du son de Sonic Youth, est aisément identifiable sur l'accordage dissonant des guitares, ici plus souvent en roue libre que sur le précédent disque. Un morceau comme "The World Looks Red" évoque la pulsation hypnotique du groupe allemand Can – le second batteur de la formation, Bob Bert qui remplace Richard Edson, y est pour beaucoup avec son jeu qui évoque l'immense Jaki Leibezeit –, et Kim Gordon quant à elle a un débit présentement proche de Damo Suzuki ! D'autres titres, comme "Bad Mood" ou "Protect Me You", montrent que le groupe était également sensible aux new et cold wave de Gang Of Four et Wire. Quant à la reprise de "I Wanna Be Your Dog" des Stooges, c'est une des meilleures qui aient été enregistrées avec celle de Jac Berrocal. En CD l'ensemble est complété par Kill Yr. Idols et les notes de pochette sont signées Greil Marcus. Un des sommets de la no wave – pour en savoir plus sur ce mouvement : chercher à Mars, DNA, Lydia Lunch, James White Chance & The Contortions… --Philippe Robert

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Yes this is poorly recorded if you are used to their more recent releases. Don't forget this was recorded on a 8-track so it's no surprise that some of the tracks end a bit suddenly or in case of Freezer/I Wanna Be Your God just one being mutated into another. Whether this was intentional now or not I have no idea but it only makes it seem more uneasy when that menacing feedback mutates into insane guitars and Kim Gordon screaming to all and anyone that will listen to her. I think the notes say it all - she really does sound unstable!
There are other highlights including Inhuman which I have to admit, I have no idea how those sounds came out of a guitar. It just sounds so surreal and frightening. Also Confusion is Next is worth a mention although it is utterly deranged as the lyrics want to wrench our tongues out from " it's ugly f**king cancer root "
I did say frightening didn't I? Well if I haven't I just have now and there really is no other word for this album. But worth it if you are serious in delving into the realms of Sonic Youth
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Caution: if you have heart troubles, are in the final trimester of pregnancy, have asthma, a pacemaker, or suffer from anxiety attacks, please refrain from listening to this album. If your idea of great Sonic Youth is Goo, or even their more accessible works on Sister ("Schizophrenia", "Kotton Krown") or Daydream Nation ("Teenage Riot", anyone?), or if you have heart problems I suggest you quietly click the "back" button and find yourself some nice indie-pop, maybe Pixies if you're feeling adventurous. However, if your complaint with the canonical SY albums is that they seemed a bit genteel and droning, if your idea of great Sonic Youth is when they pull out _all_ the stops and eviscerate you with the loudest, nastiest noise they've got, then dear God have I got an album for you.
Confusion Is Sex/Kill Yr. Idols is a document of the earliest form of the band, back when they were a bunch of young punks bathed in No Wave's art school nihilism. Indeed, this is the only SY album in which they sound like punks rather than EX-punks. Back then, the trio never found a noise they didn't like or a tuneful chord they didn't hate. The songs sound like temper tantrums, so dissonant and ragged that Kim's usually-grating voice fits her offerings like a glove. Taken as a whole, the album makes a perfect soundtrack for some speed-limit-shattering night drive, or perhaps a ceremony involving human sacrifice. Highlights include the morose opener "(She's in a) bad mood", Kim's brutal cover of the Stooges' "I wanna be your dog", the hilariously obtuse "Confusion is Next" ("Sonic Tooth!!! Sonic TOOTH!!!"), and the absolutely BLISTERING "Kill Yr. Idols". Hold on through the ragged production, and there's much to love in these twisted and raging tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best CD to damage your brain to Jan. 31 2002
By tim a.
Format:Audio CD
Apart from being a good room-clearer, 'Confusion' is still good ol' rock n roll. Rock n Roll that's been thru bizarre torture scenes tied to an iron rack and mutilated beyond recognition. The band never revisited this dungeon-hardcore again unfortunately, gradually heading into more subdued noodling.
I still get the urge to smash [stuff] when I put this on. Maybe thats because i stopped taking my xanax. It's amazing. Its like i never turned 15. 'Inhuman', 'Confusion is Sex', the Stooges 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' are electricity, over before you know what hit you. 'Making the Nature Scene' is a great tune about the sterilization and corporatization of city spaces, and features a cool bassline. 'Shaking Hell' 'Protect Me You'--scary stuff. Even 'Lee is Free' is perfect nonsense and a great ending (I have the old SST tape without Kill Yr Idols or Brother James, unfortunately, though both tracks rock in the same vein as 'Confusion is Next').
New fans of SY shouldn't start with this. It's one of those records you either get or you don't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unity is not taught in school Nov. 17 2000
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I just saw how no-one has reviewed this lp in a year & 1/2 so I'll have my say now. Confusion Is Sex is 1 of the rawest & desperately emotional albums ever to stick in yr ear. It sounds like a band that will implode @ any second, witness the fury & rage of Shaking Hell & Confusion Is Next w/ its manifesto: I MAINTAIN THAT CHAOS IS THE FUTURE & BEYOND IT IS FREEDOM, CONFUSION IS NEXT & NEXT AFTER THAT IS THE TRUTH. For Thurston, Kim & Lee believe very much in being totally honest, to where in the late 90s Kim had lines like "I'm sorry mother, i'd rather fight than have to lie" [Little Trouble Girl] & "you hurt me w/ lies" [Female Mechanic Now On Duty]. There is a real seriousness throughout this album also mixed w/ pure energy that can be a lot of fun to thrash around to in the grooves of The World Looks Red, the distorted squeal of Inhuman & th punkest version ever of I Wanna Be Yr Dog [which follows on from a drone called Freezerburn]. The paranoia continues on the nest album Bad Moon Rising but there is a difference in that CIS sounds like all the action is taking place in a small dark room whereas BMR has wide open spaces. For a lot of people, though, CIS & Kill Yr Idols are a lot harder to swallow than the delicious Daydream Nation, Goo & Washing Machine, as there is a very abrasive quality here, but open ears will find something very special here. Equal best album of 1983 along w/ REM's beautiful masterpiece Murmur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps me regular and always satisfies
There are times when I feel a little irregular. At those difficult moments, I put this slab of vinyl on the turntable, drop the needle, slowly turn the dial to near maximum volume... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Arch Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars my first,and favorite
some guy actually tried to steal this one from me,but I stole it back!this is always how I'll remember sy,because after hearing "she's in a bad mood" in the dawn of my... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Trottin'-Butterz
5.0 out of 5 stars And It's downhill from here...
Their second release, CiS shows the band still playing with odd tunings experimented with during their tenure with Glenn Branca. Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by M. Bergeron
1.0 out of 5 stars My God Is This Bad
I pretty much think my heading sums up my feelings about this record. I bought after hearing how everyone proclaimed it be brilliant. Well, its not. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by Ben Dugan
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware, not the Sonic Youh you are familar with
I, like many others, discovered Sonic Youth after everyone telling me what a fantastic album "Daydream Nation" was and then buying it. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by Damon Navas-Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars UTTERLY FANTASTIC
After I concluded listening to this album it felt as if I had taken a hot fireplace poker and rammed it up my ass. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by Brandon DiSabatino
5.0 out of 5 stars The deconstruction of music.
Sonic Youth don't make rock music, they rip it apart, set it on fire, and rearrange the pieces as they see fit. This record is dirty. This record is gritty. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Jared S Harkness
5.0 out of 5 stars Ugly ugly.
This album's strength is that it would rather sound interesting than sound good. The music is like colorful garbage artfully thrown upon yr. lawn. Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by Craig Luft
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth at their rawest
This album is absolutely full of classic, excellent songs that reflect an early period in the band's evolution. Read more
Published on July 9 2003 by "poormansprophet"
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! WHAT AN ALBUM!!!
This was one of the first Sonic Youth albums I heard, and still remains one of my favourites. A mind-blowing, yet underrated work of art by one of my all-time favourite bands. Read more
Published on April 13 2003 by "happy_nightmare_baby"
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