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.