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04/18/2004: "nurse."

I got a copy of the upcoming Sonic Youth album Sonic Nurse in the mail yesterday. I was pretty excited about it, actually; I LOVED Murray Street, their last one, and all its super-tunefulness and tightly controlled storms and pretty melodies. The crowning moment of Murray Street, for me, was the luminous 'Marquee Moon'-ish 'Rain on Tin,' which I remember I played maybe fifteen times in a row when I first got the album. Perennial Sonic Youth-lover Christgau liked but didn't adore Murray Street, writing that it was the "diligently realized sound of exhaustion," but I think that describes Sonic Nurse to a T. My heart fell a little when I saw the awful Sonic Nurse cover art--not awful in an SY way (the out-of-focus photographs and messy handwriting), but awful in a super-slick bog-standard rock album way. Maybe that was the oh-so-hilarious point, but when I popped the album into the ol' stereo, I realized my worst fears--this is probably the most boring Sonic Youth album I've ever heard. It's not that it isn't nice, but where Murray Street still felt appealingly interesting, giving you some rough edges to grasp onto, Sonic Nurse is so muted and controlled and 'mature' that it's like a really competent indie rock record but nothing more. Even the noisy feedback codas never get the chance to breathe; they're cut into respectful little units and end too quickly. There are some good parts, but . . . maybe it'll grow on me. For now, though, color me disappointed.


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I have a long story of beeing disapponted by every new Sonic Youth albums that goes back to Sister. And then every album slowly, very slowly, grown on me... and become a album I love . It's strangeness that the process repeat same every time until Murray Street like that, first listen: "this is their first shitty albym, it had to happen sometime", then tenth listen:"it's wonderful, as always, wonderful".

francesco said @ 04/20/2004 02:53 PM EST

i'm a big sonic youth fan and look forward to the new one, haven't heard it yet....

hmm..you're disappointed though? i'll have to wait and see to form my own opinion

mishie said @ 04/19/2004 04:37 PM EST

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