Murray Street Enhanced
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Japanese edition of 2002 album includes one bonus track, 'Street Sauce'. Eight tracks in all.
As Sonic Youth will testify, it's not easy being avant-rock superstars. Follow your urge to experiment and you risk alienating your more conservative fans. Stop experimenting and you lose the impetus that made you so exciting in the first place. Such is the dilemma faced by this exceptional band in 2002, now wryly rechristened as Radical Adults in one Thurston Moore lyric. Given the bewilderment that's unfairly greeted recent attempts to push their remarkable music to new extremes--notably their contemporary classical project, Goodbye 20th Century-- Murray Street initially feels like something of a compromise; the band themselves admit it's more "song-oriented" than their last few albums. But, hell, what a magnificent compromise. Named after the New York street where their studio is situated--and where a plane engine landed on September 11--Murray Street is potent, accessible, daring and often obliteratingly lovely. For a start, the first three songs ("The Empty Page", "Disconnection Notice" and "Rain on Tin") easily rank alongside the highlights of Sonic Youth's previous 15 albums: obliquely melancholic, tuneful but unorthodox, all enriched by great cascades of intricate three-guitar noise. When the Youth spin off on one of these bright and wild trips, these rich musical elegies for their city, they remain one of the world's great musical wonders. --John Mulvey
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There's a new album coming out and I hope that we can pick up more fans by being vocal about the previous releases.
This album was short, as compared to other S.Y. releases, and considering what was happening while they were making it, (09/11) the short track list is understandable. This doesn't really change or influence the sound of Murray Street, (with the possible exception of "Disconnection Notice"), it fits right in with the progression and changes in style found on "A Thousand Leaves" and "NYC Ghosts and Flowers".
Kim is still Kim, but only gets to rant out two songs, a slight disappointment for those of us who like that sort of thing.
Thurston arguably has the best track, "Disconnection Notice" while Lee Ranaldo always has the best vocals... and yet another song about Karen... great track though.
If you are a newbie when it comes to Sonic Youth, (Hey we all were once, right? My first one was "Goo".)then I highly recommend Murray Street as a starting point.
I must warn you that this album is very mellow as compared to their earlier work. If you were to buy something like "Murray Street" and "Bad Moon Rising" together, you'd discover that Sonic Youth covers a very wide range of sound.
But I think that's what I like most about them.
P.S. The "SYR" albums are good, but I believe they are an aquired taste. I like them, but I also like Tangerine Dream, so who am I to judge? :)
Anyway, what does the album sound like, you might ask? Well, if I say so myself, pretty great. My own personal experience indicated that this album requires an ear for detail and repeated listens to get into, so I recommend to any listeners that they give this album some time and attention before rendering a judgement one way or another. Based on what I've read, this album isn't as extravagant or adventurous as Sonic Youth's previous work, but that doesn't mean it's without its charm.
"Murray Street" as a whole has a rather trippy and melodic vibe; I could even go so far as to describe much of the material here as "laid-back," but not at all in a bad way. The musicianship here is very high-quality, but the band members clearly aren't out to beat you over the head with their chops; one reason this album took me a while was because the subtleties of the music were gradually revealed to me with each subsequent listen.Read more ›
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After meandering with avant-classical music for a while, Sonic Youth returned to making the type of music they have done extraordinarily since the late 1980s. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by K. Bentley
Sonic Youth have left the noise behind and turned out an album of amazing, beautiful songs with echoes of all the bands you've ever loved. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by William Whyte
i bought this cd last week because it was the only sonic youth cd left in the store. I had no idea what it was gunna be like. THis cd is sick. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by matt
This CD comes as a breath of fresh air as it is both original and captivating. You don't even have to be a Sonic Youth fan to enjoy it, but SY fans will impressed with this record... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by Arthur E. Hancock
Sonic Youth is one of the greatest bands of our time... with sounds and vocals mimicing their heroes the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth have helped push music to its limits and... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by Zombie!
this album has to be the best album of the 2000's (along with 3 Radiohead albums and Riot Act from Pearl Jam). Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Raw Burt
I found this record to be quite dull. The songs are fairly indistinguishable, with the exception of the Lee Ranaldo vocal. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003
It's always hip to like Sonic Youth, and therefore I think people tend to give them 5 stars without giving the albums accurate critical analysis. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by Hippie Smell
I have absolutely no complaints here! The loveliest rock album of the past five years at least. They are just so in control of their thing - this is where you get your portion of... Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by Ollie