Goodbye 20th Century Import
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|1. Having Never Written A Note For Percussion (James Tenney)|
|2. Six (John Cage)|
|3. Burdocks (Christian Wolff)|
|4. Four (John Cage)|
|5. Piano Piece #13 (George Maciunas)|
|6. Piece Enfantine (Nicolas Enfantine)|
|7. Treatise (Cornelius Cardew)|
The fourth release in Sonic Youth's series of experimental excursions, Goodbye 20th Century could be a stubborn broadside against the critics that lambasted the Youth's last proper album, A Thousand Leaves, for being too safe. No danger of that here, though; Goodbye 20th Century is a tribute to the Century's avant-garde artists, reprising tracks by the likes of John Cage, Yoko Ono and Christian Wolff. So, far-out is definitely in--tracks vary from a sprawling, thirty-minute take on Cage's eerie, hyper-minimal "Four" to a thirteen-second cover of Yoko's "Voice Piece For Soprano"--essentially, Thurston and Kim's daughter screaming three times into the microphone. The most interesting track of Goodbye 20th Century also comes as a CD ROM film--a cover of George Maciunas' "Piano Piece 13 (Carpenter's Piece)", it consists of the Youth hammering nails into the keys of their studio piano. Sadly, though, even they don't seem to be having a lot of fun. Goodbye 20th Century is not for the faint-hearted. --Louis Pattison
Top Customer Reviews
one peice, a 30 minute rendition of john cage's four6 stands out in particular. it reminds me of how zen buddhists train zen disiples by confusing and disorienting them till they finally 'get' zen(maybe the zen practitioner cage had this in mind?). this peice confused me greatly until i put the cd on to keep me awake after a sleep less night. suddenly every slight change of direction, tonality became beautiful, whereas before its constant apparant lack of focus annoyed me.
the idea of an avant garde covers album could mean an album of concept over tunes, but here the concept of the peices and the practice of each are so well married that you rarely notice the seams (with the possible exception of christian wolff's burdocks)and for the long suffering SY fans, we have the vocal mike feedback of reichs pendulum music, and the tidal wave noise of tenneys having never written a note for percussion.
a must buy for those with open ears to ideas.
Hard to pick certain tracks for they seem to fit in the same category of punkish ambience...I listened to this entire thing twice over while writing stream-of-conciousness passages for a novella. This is very good for that, and even if you don't want to write down whatever passes by yr. purty little head, then just see it...let the music warp you in like a good drug, it let's your mind wander thru a series of complex and complicated dreams (or nightmares)...there are some speaking parts. Kim does her own interpretation of Goldilocks & THe Three Bears in the first track, Renaldo narrates another track with scarce freeform poetry. Can't remember names, in this case why should it matter?
Anyway, you'll either love or hate this cd. If you want to expereince SY at their most popworthy get Washing Machine or Goo or Dirty... these are easily their more accessible, then get artier with Daydream Nation and anything beforehand and A THousnad Leaves and NYC Ghosts & Flowers...then this cd will be able to entertain you. If you are are already into highly experimental music such as Mr.Read more ›
I especially like the cheeky adaption of Reich's "Pendulum Music" - so different from Reich's own versions with soft, consonant feedback sounds, Sonic Youth embrace harsh, screeching feedback to describe the fractal harmonic rhythms and make an utterly beautiful work, full of fascinating depth of sound. Christian Wolff's "Burdocks" is reinterpreted for a new generation, giving it new life and making it as fresh as today.
Congratulations to Sonic Youth and their illustrious collaborators (ie O'Rourke and Willie Winant) for putting integrity before profit and bringing some of the most inventive minds of the last century to a wider audience.
This album will still be relevant long after their "normal" albums have slidden into mere nostalgia.
Most recent customer reviews
Well this is one Sonic Youth's more experimental releases ( if you hadn't gathered by now ) and it's fair to say that this is a challenging listen. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by filterite
i used to love sy. during the washing machine tour they played the academy friday night, saturday afternoon for matinee and saturday night. i was at all three shows. Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by Daniel J. Hagerman
Worth getting for the Yoko Ono composition alone. Now that is something I never thought I'd say.Published on April 28 2001 by Michael D. Kittell
Sonic Youth has, of course, always pushed the envelope for music in terms of structure, tonality, and harmony. (Dissonance can, after all, be beautiful. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2000
Like most others, even as a long time fan, I was quite blown away by this, it being the 1st time I'd really questioned waht my heroes were doing. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2000 by Funkmeister G
what the hell? a lot of this is painful to listen to. i dont understand why theyre doing this. sonic youth is the best band in the world and it seems like theyre just messing with... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2000 by Phil Maher Forcefield
Perhaps one of the riskiest works by Sonic Youth lately, the efforts behind "Goodbye 20th Century" have paid off well. Nonetheless, there are a few mishaps. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2000
Goodbye 20th century is the fourth installment of Sonic Youths self produced EPs, and in a way it deserves its title. Read morePublished on Dec 13 1999 by Dec880@hotmail.com