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Slaapkammers Mit Slagraam [EP, Import]

Sonic Youth Audio CD
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Alors que certains épiloguent sur l'éventuel retour de la structure couplet-pont-refrain, jusque chez les gros bonnets de la techno, Sonic Youth ne choisit toujours pas entre instrumental débridé et format pop. C'est un fait de notoriété publique : le cul entre deux chaises, chacun des membres du groupe, outre un amour pour la chose rock'n'rollienne, nourrit également une passion pour l'avant-garde. Ainsi Kim Gordon hurle façon Yamatsuka Eye chez Free Kitten, Steve Shelley produit d'obscurs combos lo-fi et Lee Ranaldo enregistre avec le batteur de free jazz William Hooker, et participe à la reconnaissance des spoken words de Jack Kerouac et William Burroughs. Quant à Thurston Moore, La Monte Young et Sun Ra n'ont plus beaucoup de secrets pour lui, à croire qu'il n'ignore rien de ce qui se trame sur la planète en matière de délires libertaires : pour preuve, ses prestations avec Borbetomagus, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker ou Cecil Taylor ! Nul ne sait ce dont le groupe est capable, et chaque enregistrement est souvent plus surprenant que le précédent, comme ce second volume SYR 2 de la série "Perspectives musicales", inspirée par celle initiée par Philips dans les années 60 et consacrée à l'électroacoustique. Là, entre Xenakis et Glenn Branca, Sonic Youth s'installe comme un groupe définitivement novateur, poussant encore plus avant la démarche du Velvet Underground. --Philippe Robert

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4.0 out of 5 stars A mostly instrumental "Thousand Leaves" pre-funk. Sept. 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
The second installment in the lovely (and lately dormant it seems) SYR studio series. This one's a bit longer than the first, but still under 30 minutes long. Here we have a pretty nice warm-up for "A Thousand Leaves," kind of a work-in-progress mostly-instrumental jam session which includes a great deal of "raw-form" material that would later find its way onto the aforementioned DGC masterwork. (There is also, interestingly, a passage toward the end that sounds not entirely unlike "Disconnection Notice," from the new "Murray St." album.) But this recording is far cooler than mere archival demos, succeeding as an album all by its lonesome, albeit a loose one. The music really presents itself well in this format, and in many cases the songs take on a form quite separate from their correlating versions on "A Thousand Leaves." Its really very nice to have this audio snapshot of the Sonic Youth musical production process.
This is a bit less melodic than the first SYR release (there aren't any "pretty songs" here), but there is a little more of a sense of song structure here than on the third one (which, by the way, is my personal favorite in the series). This isn't the place I'd recommend a new listener start. To take it a step further, if you don't have "A Thousand Leaves" yet, I would recommend that you check that out before investing in this fine recording (though those of us who bought this when it first hit the streets of course had not heard "A Thousand Leaves" yet, and most of us still loved this CD). All the same, every Sonic Youth release is (in my opinion) pretty much an "Essential Recording," and this is no exception. I can think of no other band that so consistently satisfied its zealous fans so well. So where's the next one, Sonic?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The new wave of progrock Oct. 3 1998
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"Ahh ... i seem to like this chord ... let's play it again!" Yep, that's probably what Lee kept saying to Thurston as they were recording "Slaapkamers". The opening riff from this track deserves to be as popular as the one from "Smoke on the Water" or at least "Come as You Are". Quirky and cool - while, in the same time angry, very angry - and also very professionally played. On this record it evolves into a 18 minutes instrumental guitar fest. It's rocking. And, no - it's not just plain kakophonous as you might think. It reminds more of the band's old sonic explorations, like "Madonna, Sean and Me" or "I Dreamed I Dream". "Stil" ("Hush") follows; it kicks in with a slow jammy psychedelic solo and evolves into a quiet beautiful melody. And the finishing track has some Kim's vocals upon cool chords; not that it's really audible, but she mumbles something about guitars and blowing up. If you've ever thought that you "kinda wanted to learn to play a guitar", but you were scared of learning hard blues riffs - well, grab one fast and jam with this CD. An acoustic will do, they're not too much distortion here (in a common sense of distortion, of course). This is the blues for the intelligent youth of the 90's (but then ... no-one will ever admit he's a fan of a band for idiots, right?). To be brief: get this record. On the other hand you can just wait for the Hanson brothers to copy these riffs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 slabs of freedom Feb. 28 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a good example in that it's a bit longer than the similarly great SYR1 & more accessable than the way too long SYR4 which was too much for me [I crave weirdness but I haven't 'got' that 1 yet]. This functions as a sort of alternate extended version of side 4 of A THOUSAND LEAVES, Slaapkamers Met Slagroom [means Bedrooms w/ whipped cream in Dutch apparently] is the riffs from the Ineffable Me & Stil has a solo that is the tune of Snare, Girl. SMS is an outstanding funky jam & the last track Herinneringen features Kim's voice in abstract poetry & it's really quite enjoyable. It's a good, worthwhile record & nothing else really needs to be said.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Avant-Pop Experiments Sept. 2 1998
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Format:Audio CD
In their new trio of EPs, Sonic Youth seems to follow further the noise-scape experiments that they embarked on with "Diamond Sea" the closing track of Washing Machine. Of course, SY has always been relentless in pushing the boundaries of music into noise, but these new EPs, especially SYR2 (Slaapkamers), take on a very soft, dream-pop tone to the experimentation, more gentleness, less sarcasm and irony. Which isn't to say that they can't still make the most imposing Wall of Sound around. Truly the pop-music for a daydream generation...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to normal! July 2 2000
Format:Audio CD
After the junk of SYR 1, Sonic Youth get back to normal with another excellent release.
This one don't give the impression of being a near joke. In fact, it's the opposite because there is many pre-A Thousand Leaves ideas with better soundscapes and much better noise jams!
Two "must" for any true fan of the band are the first two tracks. The last one don't really work to me, but it's quiet short and believe me you got enough good music (noise) after the first amazing two tracks! Great!
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1.0 out of 5 stars works putting me to sleep March 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
being such a huge fan of sy, i was intrigued by the first dics of this series and was happy to see a second. too bad it did not last. i am not sure what this is. it is noisy but in a sleepy way. it is sy style rock meets orchestra stle format but i find it non-directional, senseless and quite boring. there are no lyrics and the music does NOT stand on its own enough to keep you interested. this album is a mess of all over the place music and horrible uselessness. and sy used to be so good.
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