A Thousand Leaves

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Truth be told, the grunge era never quite fit Sonic Youth. They may have been at the peak of their popularity, but they had traded their experimentalism for sheer, bracing noise. It may have sounded good, but ultimately Dirty didn't have the cerebral impact of Sister, largely because it was tied to an admittedly effective backbeat. Beginning with Washing Machine, Sonic Youth returned to more adventurous territory, and in 1997, they released a series of EPs that illustrated their bond with such post-rock groups as Tortoise and Gastr del Sol. Those EPs, as well as the epic Washing Machine closer, "The Diamond Sea," provide the foundation for A Thousand Leaves, the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Truth be told, the grunge era never quite fit Sonic Youth. They may have been at the peak of their popularity, but they had traded their experimentalism for sheer, bracing noise. It may have sounded good, but ultimately Dirty didn't have the cerebral impact of Sister, largely because it was tied to an admittedly effective backbeat. Beginning with Washing Machine, Sonic Youth returned to more adventurous territory, and in 1997, they released a series of EPs that illustrated their bond with such post-rock groups as Tortoise and Gastr del Sol. Those EPs, as well as the epic Washing Machine closer, "The Diamond Sea," provide the foundation for A Thousand Leaves, the band's most challenging and satisfying record in years. The blasts of dissonance that characterized their SST masterworks have been replaced, by and large, by winding, intricate improvisations. There's a surprising warmth to the subdued guitars of Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, and Kim Gordon, which keeps the lengthy songs captivating. Both Moore and Ranaldo concentrate on quiet material, which almost makes Gordon's noisy politicized rants sound a little out of place, but her best moments "French Tickler," "Heather Angel" have unsettling, unpredictable twists and turns that greatly contribute to the success of A Thousand Leaves. It may be their most cerebral album in ages, but that only makes it all the more engaging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/1998
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642520321
  • Catalog Number: 25203
  • Sales rank: 25,318

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonic Youth Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Lee Ranaldo Guitar, Voices
Kim Gordon Bass, Guitar, Voices
Thurston Moore Guitar, Voices
Steve Shelley Drums
Technical Credits
Sonic Youth Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Don Fleming Producer
Wharton Tiers Producer
Frank Olinsky Contributor
Marnie Weber Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sonic Youth's most underrated album

    sonic youth's A Thousand Leaves was blasted by many critics and fans, mostly from being a departure from previous ''grunge'' albums Dirty and Goo (which were quite successful). this is perhaps sonic youth's most important, lasting, beautiful work. how can you listen to ''sunday'' or ''hits of sunshine'' and not be moved? thurston moore never sounded so good, and kim gordon's songs are beautiful as well. not to mention lee ranaldo, whose ''hoarfrost'' and ''karen koltrane'' round out the list of top three lee songs (behind only ''wish fulfillment'' from Dirty). dont be misled by foolish people who give this album a negative review. try it, you'll buy it (how corny is that?)

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