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Sonic Nurse [VINYL] [CD]

Sonic Youth Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (15 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Goofin
  • ASIN: B00025OINS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Continuing to live up to their name in sound, if perhaps, no longer in body, Sonic Youth have, in Sonic Nurse delivered one of the finest albums of their seminal 23-year career. Being three tracks and 15 minutes longer than its predecessor, Murray Street, and not dissimilar in its melodious appeal, in many ways Sonic Nurse offers more of the same. Again refraining from the wanton experimentalism that has peppered much of their work since Washing Machine, Sonic Nurse mixes walls of feedback with smooth basslines and guitar hooks that range from the thunderous to delightfully deft.

The 17th album from the ever inventive quartet, Sonic Nurse finds the band refining their three-pronged guitar attack in favour of subtlety, mixing upbeat rhythms with guitar lines that seduce before threatening to scramble from the fret board. Alongside the lush musical menace comes extolled exasperation aplenty, not least on the Bush-battering "Peace Attack". Brave in its refrain, spellbinding in its delivery, Sonic Nurse provides an essential dose of refined garage rock that carries a delicious kick. --Christopher Barrett


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant 17 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
i never expected that sonic youth would make it again to the top of my albums-of-the-year top. i mean as a big fun, i always counted them in my top ten, but this album is undoubtedly their best since long time
tha ballance between experimentation and kicking rock songwriting is to be taught in any school of rock
i hear new bands of 20-year-olds and the kids are already old and boring
these fellas in their 50's they totally justify their name once again
sonic youth, tell the nurse to keep waiting...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous, and Sublime 21 May 2005
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Format:Audio CD
Sonic Youth are so on form right now, that this album is just unbelievable! Having been a fan for well over a decade , I always wonder how they can come up with fresh creativity, but this album is excellent. This is their most epic album since Washing Machine. The quality of the songs in terms of range and depth are wonderful. Particular highlights are Kim numbers 'I love you golden blue', and the chaotic scramble of 'Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream'.
Also featured is one of Lee Ranaldo's finest songs the political anti-Bush administration 'Paper Cup Exit'. Elsewhere, in 'Stones' you have wonderful riffs that recall such era defining highs as 'Sugar Kane' from the Dirty album.
The whole album is much more melodic and warmer than recent outings, and is very focused.
SY seem to be enjoying their status as Grand Purveyers of Slacker Cool, and it shows. This is an album, demonstrating a band so comfortable with where they are at, and for anyone who has found them largely innaccesible this is probably a very good place to start. It's wonderful, and with great album artwork by legendary NY artist Richard Prince you cannot go wrong. 5 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nurse! Nurse! 14 May 2004
By Alan Moore VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Yet another SY album is out, and no noubt once again we'll hear the refrain 'back on top form' or 'best album since Daydream Nation' which seem to come with almost everything they put out.
Cutting to the chase, this is nothing new from Sonic Youth -- it's yet another refinement of the formula they had perfected by 1995's Washing Machine LP. It doesn't scale the heights of 97's 1000 Leaves either, but feels like a continuation of Murray Street. Murray Street was flawed, containing only three (or four, depending on your point of view) outstanding tracks from seven. In the weeks I've been listening to Nurse, there's only on track I skip -- '...Arthur Doyle Hand Cream.'
The album is a pastoral as 1000 Leaves was, yet has that more electric tinge than was present on Murray Street. The Youth seem to be mellowing with age (even Peace Attack, the 'anti-Bush' song, is mellow in sound, if not sentiment).
Rejoicing from long-time Youth fans will be heard when the standout track (I Love You Golden Blue) hits their ears -- it plays like a warmer version of the quiet parts of The Diamond Sea. It also has Kim Gordon's first soft vocal that isn't just mumbling in a long time -- she sounds nothing like on Lightnin' or Contre de le Sexisme, and in fact sounds more like the breathy vocals she mastered on Dirty's JC and most of her tracks on Experimental Jet Set. She sounds at once fragile and sexy, and the song sends a shiver up the spine every time it is played. I would recommend the album on the back of this track alone.
For those panicking that the noise levels have dropped, the first track on the LP, pattern recognition, recalls the sound of Confusion is Sex in some guitar lines, while the 'modem guitar' effect from Murray Street's Disconnection Notice can be heard buried deep in the mix at several points.
While this album is unlikely to convert listeners already bewitched by SY's 23 year journey into sound, it is a great addition to their already considerable works.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep sleep 11 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well, I am not familiar with Sonic Youth. But I listened to this album, then I listened two times more, and I bought it.

This is a masterpiece. U hear 'Pattern Recognition' for first, a riff overdosed, screaming hard ride. The shift between Kim's and Thurston's voice and between feelings gives a real color to the disk. As we are coming along, once just 'Dude Ranch Nurse' can be heard. I had to get some takes to get inside this, really...I was always into deep and dark things, but this is a feeling I rarely ever get. Those melodies, the singing, the whole sound gently puts inside a strange, inhuman, breathless world. These are probably one of the most strong line I've ever heard:

"Let nurse give you a shot

It's something to do...

I could love you

I could have you

Deep sleep coming along"

Yeah deep sleep. A slight nightmare. And 'New Hampshire' wakes you up. And finally 'I Love You Golden Blue' should be highlighted. It's not a nightmare, just something beautiful melancoly. Good enough for epilogue, on which 'Peace Attack' is the point.

So all in all..perfect start, perfect finish. Perfect.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars as good as ever 7 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had lost touch with Sonic Youth over the last few years and on the evidence of this release they seem to have mellowed out somewhat (and also acquired a fifth member in Jim O'Rourke). This is a beautiful album - laid-back and sprawling tracks, opaque guitar lines topped with their usual cooler-than-anyone vocals.
Best tracks come from Kim Gordon - the wonderfully messy "KG and the Arthur Doyle handcream" and the spaced-out drone of "I love you Golden Blue" but overall there isn't a weak track here (except perhaps the bonus track). Well worth getting if you were a fan of SY in their heyday.
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