Washing Machine Import
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|11. The Diamond Sea|
Les Sonic Youth quittent New York et s'installent à Memphis pour enregistrer leur deuxième double album, sept ans après le superbe Daydream Nation. Ils enregistrent de longs morceaux aux ambiances contrastées (presque 10 minutes pour "Washing Machine" et 19 minutes pour la pièce maîtresse du disque "The Diamond Sea"). Influencés par la douceur campagnarde du Tennessee ils gravent quelques plages douces et mélodieuses ("Unwind" et "Little Trouble Girl" avec Kim Deal des Breeders aux choeurs).mais l'expérimentation reste de mise, avec les arpèges dissonants de "Skip Tracer" et la violence atonale de "Junkie's Promise". C'est qu'entre punk, free jazz et krautrock, le coeur de Sonic Youth ne cesse de balancer. --Hubert Deshouse
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The most transcendant tracks are "Unwind" (very emotional even naysay blissful poetry about kites caught in the stars becoming morning), "Little Trouble Girl" (60s soul inspired flow through the eyes of a coming-of-age girl, features great back vocals from Breeders frontwoman Kim Deal and a few others), "Skip Tracer" (definitely owes some inspiration to Jack Kerouac's On The Road, Renaldo poetry at its finest), "Saucer-Like"(easy going tune about extraterrestrials flying through the cities in "a wonderful vision"), and ofcourse the brilliamt 20 minute epic "The Diamond Sea", pshychadelic lyrics and music that is the transcender of all transcenders. The rest are just as awesome, the title track has Kim Gordon talking about taking her baby down the pop machine and "spinning round like a washing machine, never saw the devil look so **** clean", it also has spacy freak-out guitars (but since that seems to be an SY trademark, I won't even mention it anymore). "Panty Lies" is an intense tale of alienation which resembles unusually that old Jetsons pop song in chorus, "No Queen Blues" and "Becuz" are just plain rocking, and "Junkie's Promise" will send a chill of truth down any (...) addict's spine without being too judgemental. There's also the unnamed track 9 which is filler but it's nice to get something a little softer after such good rock. Washing Machine is a lost classic which every fan should have, a suburbian adventure I must say.
With its sprawling guitar noise, "The Diamond Sea" recalls the GOO-era "Mote," proving that the crunching metallic waves that once made Sonic Youth so impressive are back. "Junkie's Promise" trembles with distortion and shimmering melodic phrases, while "Saucer-Like" brings the band's clamoring two-guitar dynamic back into focus. This is the band's triumph--their sound is easier to digest, and invites the listeners to re-examine their strengths.
WASHING MACHINE is also a return to form in terms of songwriting. "Panty Lies" continues Kim Gordon's hipster manifesto series, giving us another glimpse of the world from her perspective--"oh how rude," she sneers, "at least I got your attention, square." "Skip Tracer" hints at Sonic Youth's position as baby-sitters for the next generation of alternative rockers, but isn't condescending. In fact, it's one of the best moments on the album. A description of a singer "shouting the poetic truths of high school journal takers" exemplifies the age gap between Sonic Youth and the new generation, but it doesn't alienate them. It's just such awareness that makes WASHING MACHINE work. Sonic Youth's respect for the scene they helped create will forever keep them on top of the indie heap.
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A band with indie crediblity could record themselves taking a dump, but as long as they have indie crediblity, people like you would praise it -
I wanted to like this album,... Read more
this is definitely one of the essential SY albums. there are a handful of incredible songs, but the album really falls apart a few songs in. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
I'd say this is one of their better albums, and it includes everything a "Sonic Youth" album should. Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by H3@+h
If you like buying music that is considered hip but sounds like noise you should like this. I doubt anyone who owns this actually listens to it they just buy it to be different and... Read morePublished on March 16 2004
Typical Sonic Youth album. Full of hit or miss material, with a few moments that transcend pure brilliance. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by Hippie Smell
this is definitely one of the band's best albums, although the title track is rendered unlistenable by kim gordon's annoying delivery and inane lyrics (not to be down on kim,... Read morePublished on July 1 2003
this is what SY are all about after dirty. there are those who do not like this album because it does not rock like dirty. SY are NOT a band to rest on their laurels. Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by Daniel J. Hagerman
If you liked Sonic Youth's earlier CD Dirty or their really early stuff like Sister don't bother with this one. It reminds me of One Thousand Leaves.... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003 by K. H Mark