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5.0 out of 5 stars challenging, yet strangely fun
What can I say, Ive owned this strangely anthemic work for two years, and I find that listening to this album actually makes me want to make music. I enjoy the layered clanging interplay between the two guitars, which seems like a logical progression from the intelligent punk of television. There are random patches of ambience, stooges tracks played backwars between...
Published on 29 Aug 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Neither One Nor The Other
This album is strange -- it contains a classic Sonic Youth tune (Death Valley 69 featuring Lydia Lunch) yet the album itself is pretty weak. It's rescued by the bonus tracks pasted on the end (this is the version released in 1985, the original came out a year earlier) which iclude the brilliant Halloween and Flower, which is quite good too.
Wheras the earlier...
Published on 29 Aug 2001 by Alan Moore


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5.0 out of 5 stars challenging, yet strangely fun, 29 Aug 2001
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This review is from: Bad Moon Rising (Audio CD)
What can I say, Ive owned this strangely anthemic work for two years, and I find that listening to this album actually makes me want to make music. I enjoy the layered clanging interplay between the two guitars, which seems like a logical progression from the intelligent punk of television. There are random patches of ambience, stooges tracks played backwars between songs, a inspired blend of hardcore, avant-garde, jangle and surf punk, the gradiation of atonal sounds, working from quiet, peaceful to white noise. The first few tracks, the intro, "brave men run (in my family)" "soceity is a hole" and " i love her all the time" are all classics in abstract noise, i cant think of any other band that makes sounds like this. The highlight of the album is surf-punk lydia lunch collaboration "death valley 69", a ode to charles manson. The only actual bad excursion is "satan is boring", a few minutes of nothing much whatsoever. You can hear the origins of the noise-pop and riot grrl styles coming into fruition here. This really is like aural possesion. The bonus tracks, from the flower EP actually significantly add to the overall quality, theyre more in the stoner rock style, the feminist chant of "flower", the intimate seduction of "halloween", and the spaceship exploding-cum-needle being lifted from turn-table ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars America the DeBraved, 21 Mar 2010
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80's was the golden rennaissance decade. A mono record player relayed this vinyl and we sat around transfixed, a beautiful piece of atonal noise sculpture emerged from the machine.

There was life on Mars and beyond as the sounds evoked places on the short wave dial not previously existing in the subconscious. The No Wave had turned tidal, brought into semblance with a new type of musicianship. Not the tedium of wandering the blues scale but the discovery, new forms of life can be extracted from the guitar. Seemingly it had not all been done, this showed there were things left to discover.

Supporting Mary Chain at the Hammersmith Palais, they played the album live and loud, it emerged a moment of transfixation. The Mary Chain blasted another feedback dimension, a fugue of noise with allegories of 60's melodies shining through the fugue of noise.

Sonic Youth noise wasn't the blast of a Boeing take off but the jagged smashes of steel banging on the outside of a high rise corrugated building trapped in a high wind. Not syncopated but rhythmically deadly. Sonic Youth use two vocalists a women and a male, another departure as usually one or the other controls the space. With few women involved in the industrial post punk scene Sonic Youth were unique.

The songs blend, mesh, cling, clang, scrap and thrash into eventual melodies. Just don't expect to get it in one sitting after being infected with daytime Radio Melody or Kerrang. There is something subversive weaving out of the noise, a snake sculpture with two bared fangs leaving you infected and wounded but also needing to return for more like an old biblical southerner.

Brave Men Run is Kim Gordon howling a sonic song of survival by stating the obvious. A neat interplay of words underscoring macho posturing. Society is a hole is the no wave thinking politically and digging nihilism whilst I love her all the time is one of the few love songs to emerge within the scene.

This has a jazz inflection in conception, making it hard to digest derived partly from the atonal deutsche rock. However the roughage of middle europe combined with the no wave sensibility creates a hybrid aesthetic the wilful can easily ingest as the serpent comsumes its pray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flower Power!, 16 May 2011
This review is from: Bad Moon Rising (Audio CD)
Forget the power of Women..USE the power of Men.. the word is LOVE!..Kim gives her ALL on this C.D...sonic youth at 1985..and menencing Top Buy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth at their menacing best!!, 14 May 2010
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You gonna say 'What is this noise?' the answer is..don't play with fire..with Kim singing 'Support the power of Women,use the power of men'..Flower..Sums up this whole C.D...a complete classic 1985
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goo it ain't...., 2 May 2010
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...but that's far from a bad thing.

I wouldn't use this album as an in to Sonic Youth, it doesn't have the accessibility of a Daydream Nation, or a Goo. Fine albums both, but this is a good example of their other side. The side of Sonic Youth which makes improvised blowouts and loves free jazz.

Although the almost a-melodic aspect of this record means that it isn't likely to be played at your local indie disco that doesn't render it pointless. I think that Sonic Youth have persisted so long because their back catalogue has entries like this and because they are so open to new musical experiences.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Neither One Nor The Other, 29 Aug 2001
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This album is strange -- it contains a classic Sonic Youth tune (Death Valley 69 featuring Lydia Lunch) yet the album itself is pretty weak. It's rescued by the bonus tracks pasted on the end (this is the version released in 1985, the original came out a year earlier) which iclude the brilliant Halloween and Flower, which is quite good too.
Wheras the earlier releases (Sonic Youth EP, Confusion Is Sex, Kill Yr Idols EP) were all pretty sure where they stood, this one is halfway between those and the follow-up, Evol. Unfortunately, the Youth hung on to the Gothic overtones of the previous releases, but without the freaky David Lynch tones of the previous releases, it just sounds dated.
What's strange is this is the first SY album to get released in the UK... the weakest of the early years material. But as most people know, whenever they put out a weak record, they generally follow it with a gem... after this came Evol, Sister, Master=Dik, and Daydream Nation. Buy it to complete yr collection, but don't expect it to be a highlight.
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