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UK pressing of 2004 album includes one bonus track 'Kim Chords'. Geffen.
If all Sonic Youth albums pretty much sound alike, as skeptics grumble, some Sonic Youth albums definitely sound more alike than others. And Sonic Nurse is one of those. Practically Sonic Youth concentrate, the disc manages to sound like a distillation of the band's career and a promise that they can keep doing this forever. Sonic Youth has trimmed away its more direct hooks, while also curbing its artier indulgences. That isn't to say that melody or noise is absent--especially when it's Kim Gordon's turn to rant on cuts such as "Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream"but that these elements are carefully balanced and defer to an overall sound that's richer than ever now that newest member Jim O'Rourke has fully integrated himself into the band's gestalt. The mood may be pastoral and domestic, but often, as on "Peace Attack," it's grounded in an undercurrent of concern. --Keith Harris
Top Customer Reviews
Lee's only song is Paper Cup Exit, and it's my favorite song on this record, right up there with Karenology and NYC Ghosts and Flowers. Thurston's tracks on here are all good songs, especially tracks 2 and 3.
Anyhow... yes... it's a very good record. The only negative things I can say about it really are in comparing it to some of their other records...
Verdict: better than NYC Ghosts and Flowers & A Thousand Leaves
not quite as good as Murray Street or Washing Machine
...But for all Sonic Youth's possible pretentiousness, they still remain pretty much at the top of their game. They've continously re-invented themselves, looking inwardly into their own endless experimentation and mixing it with their various influences which get overshadowed by the former, resulting in a musical comination that's unlike any other. Their site stated to imagine "'Jealous Again'-era Black Flag meets 'Bare Trees'-era Fleetwood Mac'". Haven't heard those particular records, but from what I've heard of Mac and Black, it seems appropriate= contrasting soft(Mac) and loud (Black) transgressions are in full form---but then filter that through Sonic Youth's passion for abstract harmonies, tunings, and noisemakings...
...THe songs are good in themselves, but looking at it from a concise approach, there are clearly flaws.Read more ›
Sonic Nurse has a lot of great songs "Dripping Dream", Lee Renaldo's "Paper Cup Exit", "I Love You Golden Blue", "Dude Ranch Nurse". I won't bore you and ramble on and on about why I love each song. The bottom line is their all good and if your a Sonic Youth fan you should be pleased with them.
Most recent customer reviews
It should be obvious to anyone with a modest amount of grey matter between their ears that music is in a desperate state. However, do not lose faith, there is hope! Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by S. suarez
Thumbing through the reviews here is interesting, as we see comparisons between Sonic Nurse and Goo, Dirty, Daydream Nation, Evol, Murray Street, NYC Ghosts & Flowers, the... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Amazon Customer
For real. I'm a big fan of Sonic Youth's early 1980s work: Bad Moon Rising, EVOL, Sister and Daydream Nation are all masterpieces in my book. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Philip Cannistraci
Sonic Nurse truely shows how amazing Sonic Youth can be, the streaming amounts guitars are better than ever... most songs reaching over six or seven minutes. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by lost_weasel
When listening to Sonic Nurse, I can think of no other band whose evolution has flowed so seamlessly. Unlike R.E.M., they have matured gracefully. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Michael Q. Berkley