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Murray Street [Enhanced]

Sonic Youth Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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1. The Empty Page
2. Disconnection Notice
3. Rain On Tin
4. Karen Revisited
5. Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style
6. Plastic Sun
7. Sympathy for the Strawberry

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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 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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars This may take a while... Sept. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
Usually, I figure two or three listens are enough to get an idea of whether or not I like an album. I've reviewed some albums as early as the second time I've heard them. "Murray Street," however, defied my initial opinion-forming efforts. I'm currently at about my eighth listen, and I'm just figuring out how I feel about it. I had heard of, but never heard, Sonic Youth before I heard "Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style" on an internet station and decided to check out the album, so I can honestly say that my opinion of "Murray Street" isn't impacted by any preconceptions regarding this band or their previous body of work. Judged on its own merits, though, this album definitely calls for a more thorough examination of the Sonic Youth catalog.
Anyway, what does the album sound like, you might ask? Well, if I say so myself, pretty great. My own personal experience indicated that this album requires an ear for detail and repeated listens to get into, so I recommend to any listeners that they give this album some time and attention before rendering a judgement one way or another. Based on what I've read, this album isn't as extravagant or adventurous as Sonic Youth's previous work, but that doesn't mean it's without its charm.
"Murray Street" as a whole has a rather trippy and melodic vibe; I could even go so far as to describe much of the material here as "laid-back," but not at all in a bad way. The musicianship here is very high-quality, but the band members clearly aren't out to beat you over the head with their chops; one reason this album took me a while was because the subtleties of the music were gradually revealed to me with each subsequent listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible June 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
Abounding in turgid, captivating rock songs, Murray Street is the most sincere, beautiful cd I've heard in years. I'm a huge fan of Jim O'rourke and I usually keep tabs on his latest projects and experiments. When I heard that he started touring with Sonic Youth and that he made an album with them, I didn't know what to think. Jim's solo cds came to mind and those albums are absolutely nothing like anything Sonic Youth has ever done. I was worried that this cd would just be a disaster and I wouldn't appreciate it at all. I couldn't have been more wrong with my presuppositions. Although I was correct in thinking that this would be sui generis from any of Jim's solo stuff, I was absolutely wrong in predicting a disaster. Calling this seminal disc a masterpiece is an understatement. Jim O'rourke and Sonic Youth fans alike will undoubtedly love this cd and treasure it in the highest ranks of their cd collections. Talking about Jim so much is definitely undermining the other members of Sonic Youth though. Not only is Jim a musical genius, but Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley are as well. Moore's vocals on the first five tracks and Gordon's on the last two, respectively, are brilliant. Normally I'm not a big fan of long songs, but every song on here, except Plastic Sun, is fairly long, and I love all of them. Any fan of ornate, wonderful rock music should certainly give this a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of Sonic Youth's renaissance
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. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by K. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect melodic pop-rock
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. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by William Whyte
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Sonic Youth
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Published on Jan. 17 2004 by Arthur E. Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Daydream Nation
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Published on Jan. 11 2004 by Zombie!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth + Jim O'rourke
this album has to be the best album of the 2000's (along with 3 Radiohead albums and Riot Act from Pearl Jam). Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Raw Burt
2.0 out of 5 stars same old moves
I found this record to be quite dull. The songs are fairly indistinguishable, with the exception of the Lee Ranaldo vocal. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars A bunch of tossers
It's always hip to like Sonic Youth, and therefore I think people tend to give them 5 stars without giving the albums accurate critical analysis. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by Hippie Smell
5.0 out of 5 stars soothing distortion
I have absolutely no complaints here! The loveliest rock album of the past five years at least. They are just so in control of their thing - this is where you get your portion of... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2003 by Ollie
4.0 out of 5 stars CD of my summer
Only 7 tracks? I've listened to this CD over and over since I got it early this summer, and I guess I was too engaged in the music I didn't even notice its lack of songs. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Andrew Hunter King
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