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Sonic Nurse (W/Web Link) [Enhanced]

Sonic Youth Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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1. Pattern Recognition
2. Unmade Bed
3. Dripping Dream
4. Mariah Carey and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream
5. Stones
6. Dude Ranch Nurse
7. New Hampshire
8. Paper Cup Exit
9. I Love You Golden Blue
10. Peace Attack

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If all Sonic Youth albums pretty much sound alike, as skeptics grumble, some Sonic Youth albums definitely sound more alike than others. And Sonic Nurse is one of those. Practically Sonic Youth concentrate, the disc manages to sound like a distillation of the band's career and a promise that they can keep doing this forever. Sonic Youth has trimmed away its more direct hooks, while also curbing its artier indulgences. That isn't to say that melody or noise is absent--especially when it's Kim Gordon's turn to rant on cuts such as "Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream"—but that these elements are carefully balanced and defer to an overall sound that's richer than ever now that newest member Jim O'Rourke has fully integrated himself into the band's gestalt. The mood may be pastoral and domestic, but often, as on "Peace Attack," it's grounded in an undercurrent of concern. --Keith Harris

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid lp from SY July 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sonic Nurse is in some ways a return to ground paved on Murray Street as well as Washing Machine, lots of slower songs and melodies, but still very Sonic Youth, just more grown up I suppose. Pattern Recognition is right off the bat one of my favorite Kim Gordon tracks, a very good rockin' track to kick off the album. Track 4 is not as good on album as it was live, the delivery is a bit obnoxious (as its meant to be, I know) still, I think had they recorded this track later, with the rest of the songs, it might have turned out better.
Lee's only song is Paper Cup Exit, and it's my favorite song on this record, right up there with Karenology and NYC Ghosts and Flowers. Thurston's tracks on here are all good songs, especially tracks 2 and 3.
Anyhow... yes... it's a very good record. The only negative things I can say about it really are in comparing it to some of their other records...
Verdict: better than NYC Ghosts and Flowers & A Thousand Leaves
not quite as good as Murray Street or Washing Machine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent, excellent July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sonic Nurse picks up where 2002's Murray Street left off, and it's just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. It's definitely their most accessible album since Dirty (1992), yet it doesn't compromise and still keeps their music interesting enough NOT to be tied in with MTV's definition of music. They hardly burst out into free-jam mode like they did on Murray Street or Daydream Nation, and their songs are very much structured on this album, and some of the songs on this album are gorgeously arranged, particularly Thurston Moore's "Unmade Bed," and Kim Gordon's "Dude Ranch Nurse" and "I Love You Golden Blue." Moore tends to be more mellow nowadays, but Gordon and Lee Ranaldo provide the edgier songs on Sonic Nurse, including Gordon's rant supposedly against Mariah Carey, "Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream," and the album opener "Pattern Recognition" starts off the album with a 6-minute rocker thatechoes her songs of the past, such as "Kool Thing" and "Across the Breeze." Ranaldo provides some great songs here too like "New Hampshire" and "Paper Cup Exit." In addition to "Unmade Bed," Thurston Moore provides policis on "Peace Attack" (against President Bush's quagmire in Iraq"), and the beautifully structured free-jam (SY were always good at such oxymorons) "Dripping Dream." Steve Shelley provides consistent drumming as always, and their collaboraton with Jim O'Rourke serves the group very well. This is definitely one of the best records I've heard this year, and even if it doesn't hold a candle to past SY albums like some think, it's still better than 99.9% of whatever is out today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good, but not without flaws July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although I don't agree alot with Spin's review how can you trust a fashionable magazine that puts lame emo bands like New Found Glory and has-been punk bands like Rancid on their cover anyway?), I do agree that Sonic Youth's establishment as the kings of noise rock overshadows younger and equally good bands who combine what they've done and take it in different uncharted directions (see Unwound's "Leaves Turn Inside You", an amazing record virtually ignored by the people, see Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, and as Spin pointed out, rising noise acts like Lightning Bolt and Deerhoof). SY has toured briefly with the first two bands, but from what I've heard, didn't socialize with them or tour for too long, I think they prpbably felt threatened and some great bands have been virtually forgotten because of this. It's sort of like the apprentice gving the teacher a run for his/her money...
...But for all Sonic Youth's possible pretentiousness, they still remain pretty much at the top of their game. They've continously re-invented themselves, looking inwardly into their own endless experimentation and mixing it with their various influences which get overshadowed by the former, resulting in a musical comination that's unlike any other. Their site stated to imagine "'Jealous Again'-era Black Flag meets 'Bare Trees'-era Fleetwood Mac'". Haven't heard those particular records, but from what I've heard of Mac and Black, it seems appropriate= contrasting soft(Mac) and loud (Black) transgressions are in full form---but then filter that through Sonic Youth's passion for abstract harmonies, tunings, and noisemakings...
...THe songs are good in themselves, but looking at it from a concise approach, there are clearly flaws.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best in Years July 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album right after I heard "Unmade Bed" which is not only the best thing Sonic Youth has done in years but one of the best things they've ever done. It gives you everything Sonic Youth is abut musically it's soft and pretty, but once it gets to Thurston Moore's solo in the middle of the song it's loud, noisy and chaotic. It should also proove to you that Thurston Moore is one of the best guitarists around. Deep down inside he knows his limits, but doesn't care and keeps pushing his boundries. I could probably spend the whole review talking about "Unmade Bed" and Thurston Moore's guitar playing. So anyways I should probably start talking about the album.
Sonic Nurse has a lot of great songs "Dripping Dream", Lee Renaldo's "Paper Cup Exit", "I Love You Golden Blue", "Dude Ranch Nurse". I won't bore you and ramble on and on about why I love each song. The bottom line is their all good and if your a Sonic Youth fan you should be pleased with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sonic nurse - pitchforkmedia
Throughout their career, Sonic Youth have indulged in as much avant-garde experimentation as they have ground out formal studio albums. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2008 by T. Bigney
4.0 out of 5 stars sonic youth can still do it!!
Excellent!!
This is SY at their near peak.
Published on July 13 2004 by Eric Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank The Gods For Sonic Youth
It should be obvious to anyone with a modest amount of grey matter between their ears that music is in a desperate state. However, do not lose faith, there is hope! Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by S. suarez
4.0 out of 5 stars Peace prevails
Thumbing through the reviews here is interesting, as we see comparisons between Sonic Nurse and Goo, Dirty, Daydream Nation, Evol, Murray Street, NYC Ghosts & Flowers, the... Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by DancesWithAnxiety
1.0 out of 5 stars bad
bad. read spins review.. it sums it up.
Published on June 30 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album since Daydream Nation
For real. I'm a big fan of Sonic Youth's early 1980s work: Bad Moon Rising, EVOL, Sister and Daydream Nation are all masterpieces in my book. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Philip Cannistraci
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG They are so cool!
OMFG!!! Sonic Youth is da shizzle like Snoop Dogg.
Published on June 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly their best since Washing Machine....
Sonic Nurse truely shows how amazing Sonic Youth can be, the streaming amounts guitars are better than ever... most songs reaching over six or seven minutes. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by lost_weasel
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof of evolution
When listening to Sonic Nurse, I can think of no other band whose evolution has flowed so seamlessly. Unlike R.E.M., they have matured gracefully. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Michael Q. Berkley
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