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Washing Machine Import

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 27 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000003TBS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
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1. Becuz
2. Junkie's Promise
3. Saucer-like
4. Washing Machine
5. Unwind
6. Little Trouble Girl
7. No Queen Blues
8. Panty Lies
9. Bonus Track
10. Skip Tracer
11. The Diamond Sea

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Product Description

One of their best! Magnificent 1995 album with lots of triple guitar action. Features "The Diamond Sea" and "Little Trouble Girl".


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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Format: Audio CD
Having bought several Sonic Youth (based on constant advice to get into their stuff) at the same time, I was blown away at just how good and amazing their materail is, as well as different each time around. While WM may not be the most innovative or lyrically powerful as other SY albums, it sets a mood which seems to give a modern touch to 60s suburbia or something, with a good mixture of the beautiful and the deranged...it's almost like it's through the eyes of a lost teenager running through a neighborhood at night, half hopped on LCD.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
WASHING MACHINE returns Sonic Youth to the ringing electric guitars, clever songwriting and multi-layered arrangements that are the band's calling card. Not the casual acoustic sigh of its predecessor, EXPERIMENTAL JET SET, TRASH AND NO STAR, WASHING MACHINE's electricity gives Sonic Youth new life.
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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Format: Audio CD
I have worn the t-shirt like a uniform for about 4 years now & it's held up well, as of course has the album. A double lp or 71 minute cd of pure brilliance, often soothing, sometimes punky & @ times otherworldly. Washing Machine itself is 1/2 the length of the Diamond Sea but still long in layman's terms, every second is fabulous though, over a very funky & fast riff Kim sings about taking her baby down the street to buy a "soda pop" [sorry it's not a term I'd normally use] & after the 3rd chorus the song completely changes, a bit more relaxed: "i was walking up Lafayette St., I looked up in the sky, I looked up in the clouds, & there's this face looking down @ me, & it's a woman's face & she threw a quarter dwon @ me & she said 'honey, here's a quarter, go put it in a washing machine' & I looked up.." then a truly awesome burst of sound from Thurston's guitar & the whole band goes off into sonic journeyland, droning then dying out & going into a delightful relaxing song called Unwind. Back to the start however, Becuz is amazingly tight & beautiful. Junkie's promise & No Queen Blues are 2 big punk rockers from T, the letter telling some girl it doesn't matter what the ... artists say, they're gonna keep on doing their thing & rightly so. Little Trouble Girl uses 60s girl group chorus w/ guest Kim Deal whilst in the verses Kim Gordon's character defends her boyfriend to her mother, sort of like Leader of the Pack for the 90s, more dreamy though. Lee has 2 songs, the very nice Saucer-like & more importantly the ...Read more ›
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