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Washing Machine

20 Mar 1999 | Format: MP3

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4:41
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4:02
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4:24
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9:33
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4:33
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Sep 1995
  • Release Date: 25 Sep 1995
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Geffen Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:07:58
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  • ASIN: B001KUL6BQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,895 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Creese on 6 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
Due to the fact this is a sprawling album which flows erratically, and contains compositions of fluctuating quality, it is easy to liken `Washing Machine' to `The White Album' (albeit an uncompromisingly alternative version of The White Album). I say this mainly because of the variety of the songs exhibited here, which showcase different sides of the band's sound, along with both albums' vertiginous scale of ambition.

The opener 'Becuz' starts the album in typically claustrophobic manner (it's no surprise Geffen Records objected to its original six-minute form, and promptly gave it a trim). This is swiftly followed by 'Junkie's Promise,' which at least attempts more of a verse-chorus structure, yet is sneered with contempt by Thurston Moore (who contends the song is NOT about Monsieur Cobain) to ensure the band's fierce indie credibility remains intact.

'Saucer-Like' is one of Lee's songs and it begins with a guitar that escalates madly like a kite caught by a strong gust of wind which refuses to be tied down. Surprisingly though, the backing vocals on the chorus turn out to be quite melodic, although it's hardly vintage SY.

The title track however, sparks the band and the album into life: the opening few minutes being a frenetic, almost funky workout, with Kim growling about soda-pops and the like. Gradually, this section fades out and is replaced with something that sounds altogether different in terms of tonality, but no less impressive. A more driving Krautrock beat and bass-line enters the mix, Kim's vocals abandon their coarseness and instead sing with wide-eyed wonder; Soon enough the guitars statically sizzle like blinding rays of sun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Tucker on 24 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have about 13 SY albums but this is the one I come back to the most. Sure, it's not for everyone, but if it was it would probably be crap. Its an album that's hard to describe; you just have to listen to it and then love it or hate it. It works for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Klingy on 7 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm surprised there aren't more reviews posted here for this brilliant album. Everyone and his mother knows that 1988's seminal Daydream Nation is a solid-gold alternative rock classic, but it isn't the only great Sonic Youth album and it's not even my personal favourite. I reckon that 1995's Washing Machine is one of their strongest, most fully realised works to date.

There are a few relatively poppy and straightforward moments on the record - the striking Kim Gordon-sung opener Becuz, the lovely and melodic Unwind, the sweet 60s girl-pop pastiche of Little Trouble Girl. But unlike the more compact and concise punk/grunge songs of the Goo and Dirty era, Washing Machine is largely an album of sprawling, trancelike, free-form guitar epics. Therefore it's probably closer in spirit to Daydream Nation, with a hint of Teutonic art rock like Neu! and Can thrown into the mix. It takes some getting used to, sure, but gradually the pastoral textures and droning feedback achieve a startling, powerful beauty. This is never more evident than on the nine-minute title track and the symphonic, 19-minute closer The Diamond Sea, which is surely one of the most exquisite pieces of rock music in recent decades.

Washing Machine is a rich, intense listening experience. Once you get into the hang of it, it becomes one of Sonic Youth's most addictive records. So strap on your headphones and drift away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By klaher on 26 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
After a brief flirtation with the mainstream with albums Goo and Dirty, they followed up with the poorly received Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. This album is denser than the 3 aforementioned albums, with more layers to decipher.

The album opens with blistering opener becuz. It's sung by Kim Gordon, but her more dissonant tendencies are kept in check here. It's a good driving rock song with a fair degree of squalling guitar noise in the bridge. Later in the song there is a great melodic outttro. Junkie's Promise follows, a sort of tough number sung by Thurston Moore. The album becomes calmer with Lee Ranaldo's Saucer-Like which features great guitar work before a dischordant ending.

After the noisy title track, things get calmer still with Thurston's unwind. The odd nursery rhyme sounding Little Trouble Girl follows, featuring not only Kim Gordon but also Kim Deal (Pixies). The melody of this is rather child-like, and something which I can't explain about the tone of Deal's vocals sounds very 90s.

After some noisy, more difficult tracks the album finishes with the 19 minute long opus that is The Diamond Sea. It starts off as a fairly conventional Thurston rock song, with a good melody and nice guitar parts, before the guitars take over and transform the song into a kind of noise piece. It's kind of in the vein of the Velvet Underground's Sister Ray, except with a sweeter melody and less drug references.
Washing Machine is a lot less immediate than Sonic Youth's early 90s album. It's dense and can be hard work to listen to, but it's an important step on the journey to the artist they have become.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Owen on 1 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
My favorite Sonic Youth album.

It has everything you could wish for- barbaric yet funky riffs, Kim in ever more messed-up character, an orgasmic drone-rock sunrise in the middle of the title track, a grotesque gavotte (Panty Lies), an astonishingly touching lyrical number that looks ahead to Murray Street (Unwind), and a huge grunge-mess ending.

I am still coming to terms with how wonderful this album is.
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