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  • Audio CD (24 Nov. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In Spring 2010, Sonic Youth gathered at their Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken, New Jersey, to watch the rushes of a new film, Simon Werner a Disparu, by French director Fabrice Gobert. They spent the following few weeks recording music which was then shaped as needed to fit the various scenes. For this release, rather than present the small clips of music as used in the film, the band went back in the autumn to the original tapes and reorganized the various pieces for this original soundtrack release, sometimes montaging multiple tracks together, other times extending cues into new sonic realms. The film premiered at Cannes in May 2010 and opened nationwide in France. Original soundtrack inspired by French director Fabrice Gobert s latest film. Vinyl which is released in March includes digital download coupon with bonus track

BBC Review

While this release is marketed as the soundtrack to director Fabrice Gobert’s early 1990s-set, 2010-released high-school thriller of the same name – translated as "Simon Werner has Disappeared", but oddly titled Lights Out internationally – its 13 tracks aren’t exactly as they appeared beside the on-screen action. Rather than simply compile the shorter, scene-complementing cuts that they recorded after seeing Gobert’s initial rushes in the spring of last year, Sonic Youth – here with Jim O’Rourke aboard, albeit only for the closing Thème d’Alice – went back into the studio to rearrange their works. The results are every bit as enthrallingly out of step with the group’s ‘mainstream’ catalogue as previous SYR releases, but fashioned into something that’s perfectly coherent, and really quite a delightful listen.

Such is the success of this re-worked take on material a few months old that it could easily stand aside from the movie that inspired it – song titles and artwork aside, there are no dialogue cues to suggest a connection with cinema. Guitars clang and moan, drums thunder softly, a lonely piano sings out from a barren wilderness. Our players remain silent, the only language that constructed by pickups and plectrums, amplifiers and electricity. But what a story these compositions tell – a story that will seem different to every individual listener. Through the spaces between skin and string the mind wanders, its path determined only by imagination. That’s the beauty of this set: it builds no barriers, its sounds flowing free and easy. As pieces shift through motorik gears, the heart quickens a touch; as they slide into relative stillness, so too does their audience, becalmed and content. It’s call and response without words, an invisible bond that’s established with ease and impossible to break.

What might surprise the band’s buy-everything fanbase is just how little noise there is here – on tracks like Jean-Baptiste à la Fenêtre and Les Anges au Piano, there’s a real sense of simple prettiness prevailing over pandemonium. Yes, there’s a satisfying squall arising on occasion, and the odd diversion into some truly frightening territories – Thème de Laetitia is a wall of shrill noise designed, presumably, to have one covering their head with an empty (or not) popcorn box. But, for the most part, this is a serene listen. What it actually says about the film is debatable – nothing, to these ears, although there might be some compositional traits common to tracks centring on particular characters (or that’s a coincidence – I’m not sure yet). But it doesn’t really matter: Simon Werner a Disparu, the record, is a powerful piece of art in its own right.

--Mike Diver

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alastair Dougall on 24 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Writing as an occasional admirer [not a buy-everything fan] of Sonic Youth, this is an engrossing, at times exciting even mesmerising collection of instrumentals, soundtracking this [pretty obscure?] French movie. If the movie is anything like as good, it'll win an award! For me, Sonic Youth's actual songs have always been the least interesting thing about them - they're more like the first-stage rocket that sends the spacecraft into outer space. What I look forward to is when the band soar off into unexplored realms mixing rock, jazz, psych, ambient, you name it. Listening to the final 13-minute track here, Theme d'Alice, I think it's called [I don't have the CD with me as I'm writing this],with its propulsive changes and mood shifts, fulfils everything I could want from a Sonic Youth record. And the previous tracks are pretty cool, too. There's even a charming Erik Satie-style piano piece. Well worth the ticket price!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Declan Drohan on 14 April 2011
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...another example of the seamless, quality control present in all sonic youth output...whether soundtrack, syr 'artrok' or general sonic youth album release. Beautiful stuff.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Tipple on 30 May 2014
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The most mind numbingly dull album I have ever heard. Stultifyingly tedious. Music for depressives. The first album that I have ever thrown in the bin.
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2 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Steve Shakti on 14 May 2011
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The most annoying self indulgent nonsense that I have ever had the misfortune to listen to. The work is a collection of bored "musical" doddles and dead-ends masquerading as art. I feel that I have been mugged and laughed at by the band's hype machine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Sonic Youth as they have always been 8 May 2011
By G. Mosley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For decades, Sonic Youth has been everyone's influence. The genre people call "post rock" couldn't exist without them, as they single handedly bridge progressive rock, noise, punk, thrash, and basic rock and roll. However, they have always been a band whose music has had a message, and they have been involved in the world around them politically as much as aesthetically.

This soundtrack is just that: an instrumental record that captures Sonic Youth's core sound and casts atmospheres of anxiety, travel, and crisis without being itself narrative. Although the film the music accompanies may have a hard time penetrating the U.S. and U.K. markets, this soundtrack is fantastic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sonic Youth Being Sonic Youth 7 Oct. 2012
By L. Ricciuti - Published on Amazon.com
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If this ends up being Sonic Youth's last record, I think it's appropriate, positive note to go out on.

The music on Simon Werner a Disparu is ranges from pastoral to somewhat menacing, but it is never intrusive. It's not particularly demanding or challenging (at least to a Sonic Youth fan), but avoids being boring and never stays in one place for very long. Imagine a quiet, uneventful rural New England car ride. You stare out the window, watching the trees and telephone wires and pine needles go by, occasionally passing through a small town and looking at old houses and small locally owned convenience stores. Nothing is exciting, but you're not bored with it all. You passively take it all in and remain content. It's almost hypnotic after a while.

Sonic Youth has gone down this path before. The underrated Murray Street album is what comes to my mind first, especially the extended jam on "Karen Revisited". It also reminds me of The Destroyed Room odds-and-ends compilation. I'm thinking that it might be the Jim O'rourke influence, although he only appears once in this recording, playing bass on the last track. This is the first time that it has truly dominated an album's entire running time, with the songs all tied together, uninterrupted and unbroken. It's like a successful extended jam session that leaves everyone happy and tired.

Also, keep an ear out for the lovely minimalist piano in some of the tracks, which makes some moments especially delicate and pastoral.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
state of the art 21 Feb. 2011
By B. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
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once again sonic youth demonstrate that they will never compromise their vision as a band. the sound on this album is so strong you forget that it is a soundtrack for a movie.sonic youth are one of the great bands of rock and roll for all time and are the best post rock band in the world. if you like sonic youth you will enjoy this album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kind of cheeky ,make me an expression 28 Jan. 2013
By Dim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I listen to it like i always have an somthing other to fall back on.A very musica peak for the sonics,but nevertheless a stunning record that catches the right noise they have.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5 stars for a reason 12 Oct. 2011
By Doris Zichtl - Published on Amazon.com
I haven't rated this 5 stars lightheartedly. is this album a cornerstone in their history like Sister or Daydream Nation, a culmination of their sound as Washing Machine, a polished piece of perfection like Dirty? no. but it is pure, it is an emotional trip, it gives me goosebumps, it is unchallanged compared to other bands' music and simply equals 5 stars judged on it's own. it's better than their last album (Eternal, alongside Murray Street the ONLY regular SY album that's a litle discgrace to their standards delivered on regulars like the late NYC Ghosts and Flowers, Thousand Leaves and all others) and will never turn boring, just like the other fantastic instrumental SY soundtrack to the 1986 movie Made In Usa which accompanies me for 2 decades and still sounds fresh. yes, all these superlatives are neccessary in a review of a Sonic Youth album (except the above 2 mentioned).
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