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Murray Street [Enhanced]

Sonic Youth Audio CD
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As Sonic Youth will testify, it's not easy being avant-rock superstars. Follow your urge to experiment and you risk alienating your more conservative fans. Stop experimenting and you lose the impetus that made you so exciting in the first place. Such is the dilemma faced by this exceptional band in 2002, now wryly rechristened as Radical Adults in one Thurston Moore lyric. Given the bewilderment that's unfairly greeted recent attempts to push their remarkable music to new extremes--notably their contemporary classical project, Goodbye 20th Century-- Murray Street initially feels like something of a compromise; the band themselves admit it's more "song-oriented" than their last few albums. But, hell, what a magnificent compromise. Named after the New York street where their studio is situated--and where a plane engine landed on September 11--Murray Street is potent, accessible, daring and often obliteratingly lovely. For a start, the first three songs ("The Empty Page", "Disconnection Notice" and "Rain on Tin") easily rank alongside the highlights of Sonic Youth's previous 15 albums: obliquely melancholic, tuneful but unorthodox, all enriched by great cascades of intricate three-guitar noise. When the Youth spin off on one of these bright and wild trips, these rich musical elegies for their city, they remain one of the world's great musical wonders. --John Mulvey

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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of Sonic Youth's renaissance July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
After meandering with avant-classical music for a while, Sonic Youth returned to making the type of music they have done extraordinarily since the late 1980s. 2002's Murray Street is 7 songs of inspiration that rank among the group's most melodic and amazing works. The first 3 songs alone resonate heavily, and they're downright beautiful, along with the closer "Sympathy for the Strawberry." Those songs might be softer than what made them famous, but SY has not mellowed out in the slightest. The feedback in the middle of "Karen Revisited" and Kim Gordon's 2-minute noisily bizarre "Plastic Sun" prove that SY still know how to crank their amps and rock out, despite them being in their 40s. This is one of the best SY albums in years, and their next album, the recently released Sonic Nurse, is just as better. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best since the last one, and best until Nurse. June 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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.
Murray Street:
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? :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect melodic pop-rock June 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sonic Youth have left the noise behind and turned out an album of amazing, beautiful songs with echoes of all the bands you've ever loved. "The Empty Page" channels the Doors' "LA Woman", stripping it of the bombast and leaving the longing. "Disconnection Notice", the standout song, is Pavement without the edge of whimsy, Lou Reed or the Streets without the swagger, stripped down to just the emotion. And with duelling guitars! Every song is packed with ideas and texture. It's the sound of a band at the top of their game. Essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Years On and Still Very Alive... May 2 2004
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
I think the notion that it's acceptable and natural for musicians to gravitate towards more conventional, run-of-the-mill material as they grow older to be a loud of nonsense. Case in point, Murray Street. At the point of this album, Sonic Youth had been a working band for over twenty years, constantly tweaking and reinventing their sound along the way. While the Youth have a had a few stumbles along the way material-wise, one can agree they've always been inventive and forward-thinking even when not entirely successful. Murray Street fools the listener into thinking this is a kinder, gentler Sonic Youth with the opener "The Empty Page," a notion that is destroyed with the chaotic feedback and noise of "Rain On Tin," "Karen Revisited," and "Radical Adults Lick God Head Style." If anything, the gentler tone in some spots is more influenced by the post-rock interplay of bands like Slint and Rodan than glossy pop. And in all cases, it sounds brilliant. Sonic Youth are at the top of their game here, and rarely is there a weak spot. Sonic Nurse is close to seeing the light of day, and with the pre-release hype, it's being touted as brilliance. So shame on you Paul McCartney and Sting. One need not confuse maturity with mediocrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff Jan. 28 2004
By matt
Format:Audio CD
i bought this cd last week because it was the only sonic youth cd left in the store. I had no idea what it was gunna be like. THis cd is sick. Its worth every penny i recomend it to anyone. Although this isnt one of thier harshest albums it still kicks ass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Sonic Youth Jan. 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD comes as a breath of fresh air as it is both original and captivating. You don't even have to be a Sonic Youth fan to enjoy it, but SY fans will impressed with this record as well. The songs are tight, but there are still displays of that brilliant guitar dueling jamming heard on albums like Daydream Nation. If you're tired of hearing all those radio bands that sound the same, give this record a listen and you'll see that progressive art is not only still alive but is thriving in this day and age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Daydream Nation Jan. 11 2004
By Zombie!
Format:Audio CD
Sonic Youth is one of the greatest bands of our time... with sounds and vocals mimicing their heroes the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth have helped push music to its limits and beyond,...push the envelope, watch it bend. Murray Street is an incredible album. Maybe it's just me, but I enjoy the "new" sounds of Sonic Youth over their older classics such as Daydream Nation.
This disk is worth every penny. Long beautiful songs, able to enhance any moment which one would feel like enhancing... Keep up the good work guys!!! And anyone interested should buy this album as soon as possible for an incredibly psychedellic experience... Best song here: Karen Revisited.
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