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Trees Outside the Academy

Trees Outside the Academy

17 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 Sep 2007
  • Label: Ecstatic Peace
  • Copyright: 2007 Ecstatic Peace
  • Total Length: 46:07
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  • ASIN: B001L8XNT0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,317 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Casey on 23 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
If you're a Sonic Youth fan, you will love this album. If you're not a Sonic Youth fan, you will love this album!
Thurston has crafted a masterpiece with this album of stunning acoustic and electric guitar work, subtle drums, mellow strings and beautiful vocal harmonies.
The songs fit together perfectly as a collection, with more up-tempo and feedback swathed numbers adding a dynamic between the calmer and more delicate tracks; something which is sadly missing from the recently released Demolished Thoughts (although that is also a fine piece of work.)
Stand out songs are opener Frozen Gtr. and the sublime Honest James, but the rest of the album is just as good. There's still space for some experimental, dissonant feedback, but nothing close to any SY album.
For less than £4 you can bag yourself a true, refined masterpiece - GO BUY IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on 9 Oct 2011
Format: Audio CD
There's not really much I can add that has not already been written. I rate it as highly as any Sonic Youth album, and can't really understand why it is not more well known. Can highly recommend to anybody.
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By S. Hammond on 15 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've only recently discovered this relatively obscure album and wholly agree with the earlier reviews. Its a great guitar album - mostly acoustic but definitely not folky just sublime rock - akin to Dinosaur Jr but with much less emphasis on grungy electric guitar although J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr does play lead guitar on several tracks! Fantastic album.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Piers Moktan on 28 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
Like Einstürzende Neubauten, Thurston Moore and Sonic Youth have been knocking around for what seems like aeons, and like Einstürzende Neubauten, he (and they) show no signs of going stale. The twenty-first century has even seen Sonic Youth acquire a new pedigree (`Sonic Nurse' and `Rather Ripped' were both superb albums). Similarly, Thurston's `Trees Outside The Academy' has made quite a few people's best-of-year lists, and deservedly so. Solo it may be, but indulgent it is not - this is a suite of sung songs, with the guitars generally veering away from overly-electrified angles, and back-up provided by Samara Lubelski's violin, Steve Shelley's drums, and even Christina Carter's amazing free-form vocals.

The cuts here evince that same self-assured charm that Sonic Youth demonstrated on 1988's unrepeatable marvel `Daydream Nation'- every track unfolds naturally, with guitars, vocals, drums, and violin all in perfect synchrony. The full-on maelstrom often characteristic of that classic work may be missing, but it nonetheless feels so right, and this being Thurston Moore, experimental distortion is not entirely absent, just kept in its place, subordinate to a (slightly) more relaxed ethos. Anyone who considers themselves a Sonic Youth fan will simply have to invest in this superb collection of riffs, vibes and harmonies.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. French on 13 Oct 2007
Format: Vinyl
You'd think it'd be a pretty bleak day when you could compare Thurston Moore, of all musicians, to the placid mellowed acoustic writing of guitarists like Nick Drake. However, much like fellow gods of feedback the Velvet Underground's third album, you could almost be angry at them for selling out into an easier, softer sound, if it wasn't so damned good. Invariably Thurston still stands for alot about the American underground scene to alot of people, and those people may well resent that he's not churning out more Teenage Riots, however they're ignoring what Trees Outside The Academy shouts from it's very first notes; that Moore's sound has matured for the better. The album is both a subtle yet extremely poignant effort. It's unintrusive yet deeply haunting at times- particularly refering to the two standout tracks The Shape Is In A Trance and Silver>Blue. However, overall Moore has crafted a brilliantly freindly and pleasant LP, it's a perfect soundtrack to a lazy afternoon, however don't get the impression this is background music, at least once you'll stop dead in your tracks at the beauty of the songwriting on this record. Strongly Reccomended.
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