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Sister

Sonic Youth Audio CD
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Having successfully balanced atonal freak-outs with rock song structure on their previous release, EVOL, Sonic Youth went further towards convention with this concise, "all rock" (their words) album. Recorded on old tube equipment instead of then-emerging digital technology, the album's 10 songs have an impressively warm, cozy vibe even as they tear up the pavement underneath. "(I Got a) Catholic Block," "Pacific Coast Highway," and a vicious cover of Crime's "Hot Wire My Heart" are propelled by the newfound power of drummer Steve Shelley, who doesn't let the band's arty self-consciousness inhibit the songs' natural drive. --Rob O'Connor

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5.0 out of 5 stars Turn Iron to Gold July 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is probably the opus of the rockier side of sonic youth (besides daydream nation) in this album you get waves upon waves of warm feedback and guitar drones, from the JAMC-esque Beauty Lies in the Eye to the noise freakout jam of Tuff Gnarl. Each song is ultimately of enormous quality, and has been proven so live, with the songs exploding even better than they do on the album. Most of the songs are rockers, with the exceptions of Beauty Lies, and Kotton Krown. The warm tube production gives an excellent sound to the guitars, and hold influence on the drums, which also sound rather unique. The production alone attracts people to this album. Not a single weak song. Downer? The album isnt long enough. My favorites: Catholic Block, Stereo Sanctity, Pipeline/Kill Time, Kotton Krown. Master-Dik was a good edition to this album, but still pick up a copy of the Master-Dik EP.
Not quite the best review in the world, but thats because Im trying to listen to the album and not focusing on the review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better introuction than Daydream Nation May 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
the first song alone has more guitar effects than most bands can conjure up in an entire album, or most guitar players could ever play. it's a great introduction because it's just as brilliant as daydream nation, but a more concise album At 1/2 the running time. it's inspiring, empowering music from a time when "alternative" was understood to mean something. and this album, and indeed the band as a whole, are so inluential and cast such a large shadow over modern music, you owe it to yourself to find out why. the best SY album to cut your teeth on. give it a few spins though, it takes some digesting at first; but it's atistically rewarding in a way that no bands are anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Album May 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
i think this is actually BETTER than Daydream Nation. it's more concice of an album (1/2 of the running time of DN) and just as adventerous. the first song alone contains more mind-bending guitar effects than most bands touch on in an album, or most guitarists can even play. this was alternative back when the word was understood to mean something. unflinching and uncompromising, one of the touchstone albums of the 80's. influential on a good many bands. when you hear this you feel a real sense of inspiration and empowermenT. Daydream Nation is equally as brilliant, but more of a chore for just one sitting. this is the best Sonic Youth album to cut your teeth on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars They've done better April 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
To me Sister is the weakest of their experimental/college rock trilogy, what ever you want to call it. Sister is noisier and more experimental than EVOL but less melodic and interesting than Daydream Nation. What really hurts Sister is the sound quality. Many of the songs have no form and just meander into one another. "Schizophrenia", "Tuff Gnarl" "Kotton Krown" and "Stereo sanctity" are still among the bands best cuts but i can't bring myself to listen to the rest of it these days. You're better off getting Daydream nation, Goo or their latest Murray Street.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Instant Gratification March 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
(DISCLAIMER: The opinion expressed in this review is based on a time I had ridiculous amounts of THC in my bloodstream. My recollection may be a bit clouded to say the least. My opinions on music have changed quite a bit since THC was flushed out of my system.)
Sonic Youth easily surpassed their influences such as the Velvet Underground and the Stooges 15 years ago making everything before obsolete. Their imitators, such as Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, and the Pixies, never even came close to matching Sonic Youth's sound also making them obsolete. The only post-punk / indie rock records you'll ever need is "Sister" and "Daydream Nation". Even Sonic Youth were never able to match those albums.
As opposed to Pavement and the Pixies, Sonic Youth brought energy in to their brand of art noise. "Sister" was pop punk made with noise. They exerted energy on songs like "Catholic Block", "Pipeline/ Kill Time," and "Hotwire My Heart". They also do an excellent job building intensity with they guitars even though the end result is anti-climatic on songs like "Stereo Sanctity" and "Schizophrenia".
Some of the songs are fairly energy draining and poorly placed on the album, but they're not nearly as energy draining and unenthusiastic as their imitators. "Beauty Lies in the Eye" and "Kotton Krown" get into a hippy type trance, but the noises they use sound much better than any hippie noise.
Sonic Youth have an ironic sound. The music is actually very soft and comforting, but the noises they use to create it are pretty harsh. They're without question a very unique and influential band.
People who're first getting into punk are usually interested in the SST label because Greg Ginn, guitarist for the legendary hardcore band Black Flag, founded it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PURE ALTERNATIVE NOISE Feb. 14 2004
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Format:Audio CD
SISTER IS MY SECOND FAV ALONG SIDE OF THE MY 1ST FAVORITE SY DISC
DIRTY.I LOVE THE WAY THEY RECORED THIS ALBUM WITH OLD SOUND TUBE
EQUIPMENT.IVE NEVER HEARD ANY THING LIKE IT BEFORE OF AFTER,DINOSAUR JR WAS LIVING ALL OVER SY'S SOUND IN 87 THE SAME YEAR THIS CLASSIC HAD FIRST GOT OUT ON SST.ALSO GET THE RAPEMAN 2 NUNS AND A PACK MULE WITH THE LIKES OF SCRATCH ACID&STEVE ALBINI.I LOVE EVERY TRACK ON THIS CD,KIM SOUNDS SEXY ON PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY AS WELL AS BEAUTY LIES IN THE EYE.THURSTON MOORE
HAS A GREAT TAKE ON 9 SONGS ESPECAILLY MASTER DICK&WHITE CROSS.
PIPELINE/KILLTIME IS A VICIOUS TRACK BUT THE 1ST I'D SAY IS HOT WIRE MY HEART. WHOEVER DOSEN'T HAVE THIS DISC IN MY OPINION IS EITHER WEIRD OR DILLUSIONAL. JUST GET UR $MONEYS WORTH$ PEOPLE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth Go One Step Further
This album is the second installment in Sonic Youth's 'trilogy' and manages to be even stronger than Evol. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Tony Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not bad.....
Well, this was my second cd I bought by Sonic Youth, and it definitley has its ups and downs. The problem with many songs such as Tuff Gnarl, Scizophrenia, Pipeline/Kill time and... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything below 5 is truly a crime
I have no idea how anyone can rate this record below 5 stars, that is unless you started listening to Sonic Youth around Dirty, then I guess you have an excuse. Read more
Published on May 18 2003 by doug
1.0 out of 5 stars one star too many.
I find this record to be so bad, that I actually listen to it from time to time, to figure out if I'm wrong. This record is so bad its unreal. Read more
Published on April 25 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars kings of the alternative scene
SY create some of thee most beautiful landscapes with their music. this is not one of their best albums but still one of their better ones. Read more
Published on March 5 2003 by Daniel J. Hagerman
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential
This is quite simply an unparalleled rock record. Every track is exceptional- I even have a particular fondness for the final cut, which is a bonus and very 'raw'- where Thurston... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A rusted bottle cap in the dirt is the face of God
This is my favorite Sonic Youth album. Which is saying quite a lot, since SY are one of all-time favorite bands. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2002 by Phil
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