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Silver Session Import


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 17 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sonic Unyon Records
  • ASIN: B000007RVT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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By A Customer on Oct. 9 2003
Format: Audio CD
The liner notes talk about how the band plugged every guitar they owned into every amp they had and turned everything up to 10 and recorded the ear-splitting oceans of feedback in their Tribeca studio one day in a fit of frustration over an upstairs band that was drowning out their attemts to put vocals on what would become "A Thousand Leaves". Apparently they then took the tapes of this apocalyptic noise assault and mixed them down into something very, very different from what you would expect from such a description.
I am very familiar with the band's side projects so I thought this might sound like something along the lines of "Terry's Carrot" or Thurston's "Barefoot In Your Head" w/Borbotomagus.
The "Silver Sessions" EP is unexpected! The result is gorgeous and very, very soothing. What a beautiful album! Grating, ear-splitting and annoying? Nope. Minimal? Yep. Dense? Yep. Ambient? Weirdly... yep. The sounds on this CD sound like distant airplane or dolphin noises far off on a breezy Summer day. Like something out of a wonderful dream. A beautiful, beautiful CD that I listen to again and again... and I think is as transcendant as Brian Eno's "On Land" album.
Also... recorded as a tribute to a troubled fan (Jason Knuth) who commited suicide... and all prodeeds go to the suicide prevention hotline or something.
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By John Parrino on March 18 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to alot of sonic youth and loved it.... even the wierd stuff (mirror/dash, & willian hooker trio) but even compaired to the SYR albums this one ..... I can't imagine anyone listening to this album on purpose. I love sonic youth and their heart was in the right place ... i guess but come on now if you wanna pay tribute do it with a little art.
but thats just my opinion
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By Jon H on Oct. 20 2002
Format: Audio CD
This disc could very appropriately be titled 'the Freezer Burn EP'.. and that's a good thing. I would consider this, without too much pretending, to be a genuine ambient record. I was expecting searing, winceworthy shards of noise in the tradition of SY's album freakouts; what I got was half an hour of rather soothing, sedate drones of feedback. Short guitar washes occasionally make an appearance and serve as small melodic fragments in this ocean of vague aural bliss. The track separations seem a little haphazard and gratuitous, but I suppose some editing was necessary to make it reasonably accessible. In some ways, I could've used a good noise record, but this is actually a nice change. Very relaxing stuff. Part of the conceptual appeal of this record is its purity: no vox, no melodies per-se, little rhythm.. I can see why this is one of Thurston's favorite recordings. There's plenty of documentation on this record, so I won't beat a dead horse. Bottom line: not a good intro to Sonic Youth, but essential if you are a fan, or if you like well-done (but unconventional) ambient music.
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By "skfl" on Sept. 20 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have seen reviews of this calling it Sonic Youth's "Metal Machine Music". Well, I don't really rank that as an insult, but I guess that is for another review... The idea would be by labelling it as such, the listener would find this harsh, chaotic, even unlistenable. Nothing could be further than the truth. This is what guitars would sound like if played by glaciers. Feedback rolls in and out, creating beautiful beating patterns as the different waves of noise crash against each other. This isn't music to get you pumped for a Saturday night on the town, nor should you throw this on for a first date (if you could, though, that one's a KEEPER) - this is music to be absorbed by and to get lost in.
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What to say? This record is beautiful. Respect to Sonic Youth for putting out records like this which will go right over the heads of a lot of people. If like me you appreciate the pleasures of gently pulsing soundscapes (The washing machine IS an instrument!) then you will adore this album. Listen to this album on good headphones and you can hear the electricty of the recording. Forget about 'melody' and 'song structure', this album is timeless,endlessly listenable perfection.
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Sonic Youth has been experimenting alot with guitar/feedback style noise for awhile and have used their own SYR label to release a lot of these endeavors, none really come through like Silver Sessions. Out of the madness of their blaring amplifiers and a broken beat box, the band mixed and mastered a smooth, sonic soundscape that perhaps fulfills this side of sonic youth more than any other recording. Other SYR releases have offered some very interesting material, but this one is the most consistent piece. It's not for everyone and is a big departure from the structured rock of their Geffen releases. Silver Sessions is actually quite un-abnoxious compared to SYR3, or Thurston Moore's side projects like "Barefoot in the Head". If you are just getting into sonic youth, this probably isn't a representative introduction, but it is the perfect intro into the band's independent noise outings.
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By A Customer on Feb. 6 2002
Format: Audio CD
My uncle curtis was dissing me the other night saying you need to expand your music horizon and listen to somthing other than nirvarna. He said that sonic youth was miles ahead of them and raidohead put together. So I took the bait. I went through my uncle curts cds one day when he was out looking for a job and picked this Silver Album out and took it home. Man he dosn't even know what he's talking about!! Nirvarna is way better then this mess. He said they had did some album like the white album and it was some kind of take on that and it was pure genius and they had did madonna on it, but this must no have been the one even though its the silver album or whatever. He had even said that there was a pretty blond girl who sang really cool and looks like my sister (yuck.) Well she must not of been on this one because from what I heard there is no vocals and these arent even songs. Its a mess, just loud guitars noise like they slammed there guitars in the wall and just took out there furustration. I put it on and you should of seen the cat. He woke up out of his sixteen hour sleep and he just stared at me the most evil stare you ever saw. For like ten minutes he stared right at me probably thinking he could use telepithy to make me it turn off. It was like he saw a ghost or something. And them my sister Caitly came in and I just turned it up all the way to ten to blast out her talking. So I think if you want good artistic music from real talent then buy in utero by nirvarna if you want your cat to look at you like he's on drugs then buy this and play it for him. He might actually like it.
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