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|Sonic Youth||Primary Artist|
|Jim O'Rourke||Bass, electronics|
|Jim O'Rourke||Producer, Engineer|
|Frank Olinsky||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
nothing was grimy in nyc except the street under the tires taking the cognac-sipping golden girl to the nebulous shadowden of evanescing wraiths and luminous blossoms that emerged from the inner core of her so-called immaterial essence. it was all so shimmery golden in her glass falling on the bar-room floor shattering into diamonds like those faceted fruits dripping from her fingers, so glimmery but solid--will they last forever? the wooden floor will rot the beautiful shoe-besmirched flatway transforming into multiple inorganic forms instead of one, unified, solid structure and so will she decay into a microscopic array and so will all else even diamonds fade away due to radioactivity. yet she lacks no proclivity to make them come drawn to her like a magnet she says i feel so high i want my martini ultra-dry and every panting dog in this rotting venue will sigh because they'll swallow the lie they've been in love with all these years that some deluded highwayfools call music when their neuronal processes are on high-frequency the diamonds ripped her fingers she can no longer play guitar.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
I'm not a particularly eloquent person but i'll try writing the best review i can, as this album deserves only the best. i respect other people's opinions but i think the guy that gave NYC Ghosts & Flowers a bad review must be smoking something, because this album is sonic youth's second-best (behind ''washing machine'') and a true classic, even though it wont go platinum, or spawn any number-one hits. sonic youth dont care, though, they only care about one thing...their music, and that shows. ''nevermind (what was it anyway)'' is my favorite Kim song of all time, and even though people who liked the album hate ''lightnin''', i think it's highly creative and original (people also hated Kim's ''panty lies'' on washing machine'', but i think that might be the best Kim song on that album). Thurston sounds a lot different, a lot older, on this album, which bothered me at first but it grows on you. the title track is good, too, but not nearly as good as everyone says. if i had to pick the best song on the album, though, it would probably be ''free city rhymes'', which features really cool computer blips and beeps courtesy of producer jim o'rourke.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Sonic Youth show again that they have fully recovered from their short bout with alt. rock banality that was Dirty and Goo. (Both catchy and still Sonic Youth so cool, but lacking the guitar intricacy and expirimentalism of previous or later work.) Their past three major label releases have demonstrated a move back onto the avant garde. Like the brilliant Thousand Leaves, this album relies on quiet and subtle guitar interplay between Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo and occassionally Kim Gordon building to loud noisy cressendos. The first song is just as good as ones found on 1989's Daydream Nation or 1987's Sister. This band despite their massive number of musical descendants has never lost its position as the most forward thinking band in Rock and Roll over their 20 year career. They stand as the most important band in the 1980's underground scene. Their followers suddenly became popular in the form of Nirvana, Pavement, Helium, Yo La Tengo, The Pixies drawing them into the limelight but they quickly proved to avant garde for the radio listening public. They have maintained and refortified this position with all of there albums from the ninties. They stand comfortably in the underground rock and indie rock pantheon of innovators which includes The Velvet Underground, Can, the Stooges, Television, Patti Smith, the Ramones, The Clash, and The Pixies. Don't buy this album if it is your first SY record but buy others listen to them religiously then buy this. For current SY fans I strongly suggest this album.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2009
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