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US LP pressing on 180-gram vinyl. 'EVOL' was a major leap forward for Sonic Youth, but 'Sister' is a masterpiece, demonstrating the group's rapidly evolving musicality. More than ever before, Sonic Youth's songs sound like actual songs, and their collages of noise, distortion, and alternate tunings are now used to provide texture and depth to the music, which is original, complex, and rewarding. Not only is there the full-throttle roar of 'Tuff Gnarl,' but there are shimmering layers of ambient harmonics and dissonance that are as haunting and challenging as any of their barrages of feedback. Furthermore, 'Sister' has a warm sound, which lures the listeners into music that's defiantly arty but never indulgent.
Having successfully balanced atonal freak-outs with rock song structure on their previous release, EVOL, Sonic Youth went further towards convention with this concise, "all rock" (their words) album. Recorded on old tube equipment instead of then-emerging digital technology, the album's 10 songs have an impressively warm, cozy vibe even as they tear up the pavement underneath. "(I Got a) Catholic Block," "Pacific Coast Highway," and a vicious cover of Crime's "Hot Wire My Heart" are propelled by the newfound power of drummer Steve Shelley, who doesn't let the band's arty self-consciousness inhibit the songs' natural drive. --Rob O'Connor
Top Customer Reviews
Not quite the best review in the world, but thats because Im trying to listen to the album and not focusing on the review.
Sonic Youth easily surpassed their influences such as the Velvet Underground and the Stooges 15 years ago making everything before obsolete. Their imitators, such as Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, and the Pixies, never even came close to matching Sonic Youth's sound also making them obsolete. The only post-punk / indie rock records you'll ever need is "Sister" and "Daydream Nation". Even Sonic Youth were never able to match those albums.
As opposed to Pavement and the Pixies, Sonic Youth brought energy in to their brand of art noise. "Sister" was pop punk made with noise. They exerted energy on songs like "Catholic Block", "Pipeline/ Kill Time," and "Hotwire My Heart". They also do an excellent job building intensity with they guitars even though the end result is anti-climatic on songs like "Stereo Sanctity" and "Schizophrenia".
Some of the songs are fairly energy draining and poorly placed on the album, but they're not nearly as energy draining and unenthusiastic as their imitators. "Beauty Lies in the Eye" and "Kotton Krown" get into a hippy type trance, but the noises they use sound much better than any hippie noise.
Sonic Youth have an ironic sound. The music is actually very soft and comforting, but the noises they use to create it are pretty harsh. They're without question a very unique and influential band.
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The album starts off with the great Schizophrenia, which is definately one of the best opening songs on any album. The song is incredibly catchy and never loses its vibe or energy.
The one-two punch of this album is really something, as Catholic Block starts off. This is easily one's of SY's most melodic and catchy songs of their year.
Beauty Lies In The Eye is one of Kim Gordon's better songs, and is really quite a depressing song. She delivers the lyrics well in whispers.
Stereo Sanctity is a truly great song, simply for it's melody and amazing bass lines, they just work perfectly with all the noise going around it. This is easily one of my favorite
demonstrations of catchy bass guitar in a song.
Tuff Gnarl is a perfect example of SY's obvious tendencies to fool with the listener. THe song starts off kind of poppy and light but then just breaks out into one huge noise jam-fest. Both halves of the song are equally excellent.
Pacific Coast Highway is a collaboration with vocals between Gordon and Moore and is really a nice addition, this is something that was devoid in Evol. PCH resembles Tuff Gnarl in the soft to jam-fest category except its not as radical.
Next up is Sonic Youth's cover of Hotwire My Heart which manages to be as good as the original, although radically different.
Kotton Krown is just catchy, to put bluntly.
Master Dik is almost Sonic Youth's only rap-rock song. It's also one big jam. It's pretty good, but I don't think it manages to stand up against with some of the other songs.
Sonic Youth again manage to create another classic album, that is near flawless. I'd say this is a bit more easier to get into than Evol but I'd recommend something like Goo to the new listener..
Most recent customer reviews
the first song alone has more guitar effects than most bands can conjure up in an entire album, or most guitar players could ever play. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Brad Stewart
i think this is actually BETTER than Daydream Nation. it's more concice of an album (1/2 of the running time of DN) and just as adventerous. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Brad Stewart
To me Sister is the weakest of their experimental/college rock trilogy, what ever you want to call it. Read morePublished on April 2 2004
SISTER IS MY SECOND FAV ALONG SIDE OF THE MY 1ST FAVORITE SY DISC
DIRTY.I LOVE THE WAY THEY RECORED THIS ALBUM WITH OLD SOUND TUBE
EQUIPMENT. Read more
Well, this was my second cd I bought by Sonic Youth, and it definitley has its ups and downs. The problem with many songs such as Tuff Gnarl, Scizophrenia, Pipeline/Kill time and... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003
I have no idea how anyone can rate this record below 5 stars, that is unless you started listening to Sonic Youth around Dirty, then I guess you have an excuse. Read morePublished on May 18 2003 by doug
I find this record to be so bad, that I actually listen to it from time to time, to figure out if I'm wrong. This record is so bad its unreal. Read morePublished on April 25 2003
SY create some of thee most beautiful landscapes with their music. this is not one of their best albums but still one of their better ones. Read morePublished on March 5 2003 by Daniel J. Hagerman