Better late than never! I picked this up the day it was released and never thought much about telling others how great it was, until now..
There's a new album coming out and I hope that we can pick up more fans by being vocal about the previous releases.
This album was short, as compared to other S.Y. releases, and considering what was happening while they were making it, (09/11) the short track list is understandable. This doesn't really change or influence the sound of Murray Street, (with the possible exception of "Disconnection Notice"), it fits right in with the progression and changes in style found on "A Thousand Leaves" and "NYC Ghosts and Flowers".
Kim is still Kim, but only gets to rant out two songs, a slight disappointment for those of us who like that sort of thing.
Thurston arguably has the best track, "Disconnection Notice" while Lee Ranaldo always has the best vocals... and yet another song about Karen... great track though.
If you are a newbie when it comes to Sonic Youth, (Hey we all were once, right? My first one was "Goo".)then I highly recommend Murray Street as a starting point.
I must warn you that this album is very mellow as compared to their earlier work. If you were to buy something like "Murray Street" and "Bad Moon Rising" together, you'd discover that Sonic Youth covers a very wide range of sound.
But I think that's what I like most about them.
P.S. The "SYR" albums are good, but I believe they are an aquired taste. I like them, but I also like Tangerine Dream, so who am I to judge? :)