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The Eternal is Sonic Youth’s 2009 celebration of newfound freedom. After many years signed to an ever precarious corporate label, the band has been liberated and is releasing this CD with their friends at Matador. Inspirations ran high in preparation for the recording. Abandoning the time tested routine of writing and rehearsing a cycle of songs in one time ... Read more in Amazon's Sonic Youth Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00027EFIY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pattern Recognition
2. Unmade Bed
3. Dripping Dream
4. Kim Gordon And The Arthur Doyle Hand Cream
5. Stones
6. Dude Ranch Nurse
7. New Hampshire
8. Paper Cup Exit
9. I Love You Golden Blue
10. Peace Attack
11. Kim Chords (Bonus track)
12. Website Link

Product Description

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 By raresteak on 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 By A Customer on 21 May 2005
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 By Alan Moore VINE VOICE on 14 May 2004
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 By Attila Zahorak on 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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By Rooksby on 16 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of SY since 198something. I first saw them, purely by accident, on the Bad Moon Rising tour (supporting Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, what a night!) & was instantly hooked, along with a lot of other listeners, I expect? SY were absolutely stunning back then, & completely different to all the other "alternative" (ugh!) music we were listening to - unashamedly sporting hippyish tie dye, happy to profess a liking for Iggy AND Madonna, & not afraid to display their wicked sense of humour (pretty uncool back then). I worshipped them for several years, but fell out with them & their music circa Dirty - a disappointingly opportunistic record, it suggested that they were being trend-led for the first time, rather than setting the pace themselves. Never, er, mind.

A decade slipped by before I bought anything else by them - 2002's Murray Street, my interest fired by Jim O'Rourke's unexpected recuitment - & I was so impressed with how they'd allowed their sound to gracefully mellow out, without sacrificing their experimental edge, that I predictably ended up working my way backwards through their catalogue, picking up the bits that I'd missed (A Thousand Leaves is particularly impressive). Their NEXT album, 2004's Sonic Nurse, is my personal favourite of their post-Goo period I think?: 10 fine songs, plus an excellent bonus track (2 if you're VERY lucky). Only Kim's vocal (on "The Arthur Doyle Hand Cream") grates, though perhaps that was intentional?
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