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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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5.0 out of 5 stars UTTERLY FANTASTIC Nov. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
After I concluded listening to this album it felt as if I had taken a hot fireplace poker and rammed it up my ass. This cd completely ripped out my viscera and discarded it on the floor. Participating in the listening of this cd (and you certainly must participate), is thoroughly exhausting but well worth it. Between this album and the Trash, Jet and No Star album, this definitely devours the competition. I have only today acquired "Daydream Nation," so I cannot confidently say as to whether or not this is SY's greatest effort. If you appreciate euphonious (or to some cacophonous) musical experimentation, buy this album. It is incredible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The deconstruction of music. Nov. 24 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. This record is urban decay in musical form. Was it recorded with the state of the art equpiment? Far from it, and all the better. With all the feedback, dissonance (sp?), pounding, screaming, and beautiful noise, the poor production quality becomes an instrument in itself, adding to the atmosphere of the album.
Listen with an open mind, and you will quickly see your conceptions of music fall apart, and not one person I know has regretted this.
Tracks to look out for:
Freezer Burn, World Looks Red, Confusion is Next, Kill Yr Idols,and the allmighty Inhuman.
Listen at volume: 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ugly ugly. July 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
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.
Their use of guitars is hideously creative. Throughout the album, their guitars drone, ring, and yelp in ways that few other bands have utilized. The novel sounds allow these songs to overcome the subpar recording quality.
Casual listeners should stay away, or at least have a good idea of what they're getting into. Nothing on here is anywhere near a top 40 hit, but with the right mindset this album could be the most enjoyable thing you ever hear.
By the way, in this context, Kim Gordon's vocals almost don't suck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! WHAT AN ALBUM!!! April 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. May require many repeated listens, but you will grow to love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THIS is sonic youth March 10 2003
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there are two songs on here that are monster songs. first we have freezer burn/i wanna be your dog (i wanna..dog is a stooges song, fyi). freezer burn is this feedback/i dont know what that sounds so brilliant. quiet and chilling it drifts for awhile until dog kicks in. the riff explodes out of nowhere. what genius!!!!!
the second song here is brother james, which is on the kill your idols ep. the brilliant guitars over the steady drumbeat. now i was never a big fan of kim gordon. she is ok but not the greatest singer in the world. this is one of her better tunes especialy with the climax.
the other songs here are good. this is a really experimental style of music. music that really challenges the status quo and drifts way out there for those of us who wont let mtv (mindless television) dictate what good music is. it is a real shame this band has not gotten more credit for destroying music and rebuiling it with respect and credibility.
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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 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
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Published on March 8 2004 by Ben Dugan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth at their rawest
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Published on July 9 2003 by "poormansprophet"
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