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Nyc Ghosts And Flowers


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  • Audio CD (May 16 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00004T3XL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
I've been a Sonic Youth fan since "Bad Moon Rising" and have loved or at least liked/respected all their releases up until this one. I was expecting good works from this band as their two previous albums: "Washing Machine" and "A Thousand Leaves" were so good, but NYC is a bummer. Sonic Youth have made a career of mixing chaos and structure in interesting and moving ways. But this time the band sounds simultaneously lazy, unconvincing, and pretentious. Its songwriting is boring and the improvised parts just drone on and on without going anywhere. Perhaps some people like endless random plinking and feedback jams, I do not. Besides the fact that the songs go nowhere, you've heard all this before. No new ground has been broken whatsoever. Aleotoric noise jams have been done a million times and better by this band and others, avant garde its not. NYC is a poor effort.
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I've been a Sonic Youth fan since "Bad Moon Rising" and have loved or at least liked/respected all their releases up until this one. I was expecting good works from this band as their two previous albums: "Washing Machine" and "A Thousand Leaves" were so good, but NYC is a bummer. Sonic Youth have made a career of mixing chaos and structure in interesting and moving ways. But this time the band sounds simultaneously lazy, unconvincing, and pretentious. Its songwriting is just boring and the improvised parts just drone on and on without going anywhere. Perhaps some people like endless random plinking and feedback jams, I do not. The songs go nowhere. NYC is a poor effort.
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By A Customer on June 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have been following Sonic Youth's since Bad Moon Rising of the mid 80's. In my opinion, all of their albums, (with the exception of the exceptional "Sister") are spotty affairs. Their work ranges between either the occasional overblown post-punk art-rock shronk of their early work and recent SYR EP's, to the safe pop stylizing of the vastly overrated "Day Dream Nation" (and some later works).
I find that this is their most consistently satisfying recording that runs a course of a remarkably original middle ground of pop and artiness that is poignant and compelling. It is once of my favourite albums of all times that draws a direct line between the two most radical musical achievements of the late 20th century: the late 60's psychedelic period and the post-punk punk of 80's.
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By A Customer on May 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
What a strange and beautiful album! I am not an SY fan, I actually bought this on a whim because I dug the cover art by William S. Burroughs (who died shortly before this album came out). SY has always been an elusive band that has received critical acclaim from critics (Rolling Stone) and musicians (Nirvana, Pavement) alike, but has avoided excessive radio play (at least in SoCal) and MTV. How surprised I was to find they'd been around 20 years when this album was released!
The criticisms of this album is that it is too artsy and pretentious. Well, this is NOT a pop album and look elsewhere if you're expecting something like Blink or Britney (or even Foo Fighters) I enjoyed the music here because it strives to be different from Top 40 or even so-called alternative radio.
As the title reveals, this album pays homage to the musical and artistic legends that have originated in or been influenced by NYC and its culture. In addition to Burroughs, there are lyrical and stylistic references to Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, D.A. Levy, Sun Ra, the NY Art Quartet, the Velvet Underground, and possibly others.
There has also been discussion about 9/11 references. The music was recorded over a year before that tragic event but it is frightening how the noises produced on the apocalyptic title track sound like a jet plane moving closer and closer to the listener...
In fact, the reviews for Murray St. say one of the plane engines crashed into the group's recording studio that fateful day.
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After Sonic Youth accomplished everything they could accomplish, they made A Thousand Leaves and souned miles off their game - or, four musicians phoning in their parts from different planets. The game on this one is more daring and more upsetting - I think it's a concept album of regret, one that says after it's all over, you could possibly spend the rest of yoru life wondering what if. Possibilities of defiance and desire are long gone. That's a profound take for a profound band that shot for a mood and stayed there. I think a lot of people felt frustrated by the record, but it's all part of its brilliant design - it's a dark catharsis of a record.
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By Thomas Lail on Nov. 22 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well, I read the various other reviews of this album and felt I had to add to the list. I've followed SY since Bad Moon Rising, they have provided the soundtrack for much of my adult life... and I couldn't disagree more with the general sense of dislike expressed regarding this album. Maybe I have grown up along with the band, maybe it's my continued Downtown NYC leanings, but this is the one I have always been waiting for. Tension between rock song form and noise? I find that sort of obvious at this point. There are many different forms that might be employed to make "songs." Here we find the ol' SY gang letting loose like they haven't since Confusion is Sex. Not as noisy perhaps, but just as dense, just as unexpected and, in the end, creating a soundscape that I find both astounding and magnificent. "NYC Ghosts and Flowers"? How could this not become an emblematic album post 9-11? (Yeah, I know it came out before... so?) A sonic landscape of streets. layered histories, strivings and failings, an elegy, a tribute, a document.
"NYC" is and has been on constant rotation in my musical realm since its release. L's list says "boring"? Sorry, man. You need to learn some more patience. I never fully embraced the 90's grunge rock SY stuff. Just not what i come to them for. I want density... chiming, stunning discord, small aural openings that expand around me and envelope me- (and the eschewing of verse/chorus structure and spoken additions make perfect sense to me.)
SY has always dodged in and out of rock-dom and with the addition of the SYR recordings and their various more "experimental "projects they have clearly signalled that their allegiance lies more firmly on the avant side. Best album since "Daydream Nation"? Nah.... best album.
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