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At some point they meandered and then found a way to try and hold on to the innovation whilst the rest of the world caught up. Whilst the Swans went on to experiment with different textures, Sonic Youth toned it all down to fit into being nearly there without completely surrendering. Adrift between the Velvets cult and another indie thing.

Kim's vocals are the highlight on this record as it is more melancholic slowed down retrospective recollections rather than a straight ahead launch into the future. Still worth a listen to them create those tonal clashes only they can ushe
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on 15 May 2000
Two years after a thousand leaves, the sonics are back with this new record. In a way it goes where the previous record left off. The three guitars playing different riffs, composing together a beautiful wall of sound. There's more singing on this new one, and thurston and kim sometimes sing together.(renegade princess, small flowers crack concrete). Kim uses her normal singing style, thurston often uses a kind of spoken word vocal. The title track is sung by Lee and is and new highlight in their carreer.This record is very consistent as all the songs are great maybe except for lightning strikes (like contre le sexism). The only downside is the short length. BUY IT
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on 20 May 2000
Feels odd writing a review when I've only had this a week - I was amazed to find it had been two years since A Thousand Leaves came out, and I'm still just getting to know that record... This follows along similar lines, it's jazz-poetry for guitar. In a similar vein to Mogwai's Come on Die Young, but less restrained and minimalist, more intuitive. I like it.
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on 7 March 2001
From the reviews in the press, I thought this album would be disappointing. It isn't. There is some great guitar interplay, and it demonstrates that knack that SY and very few other bands have, making the discordant sound beautiful. My only complaint is the vocals, which are a little high in the mix, and don't seem really to fit with the restrained nature of the album on some tracks (the crescendo on renegade princess especially) and the lyrics some a bit too much like second-rate kerouac & ginsberg at times, but even third rate ginsberg is better than the lyrics most bands write. Overall, v. good.
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on 7 September 2012
This is not a very memorable album. Sounding a little affected and like a spoilt kid in parts, if you know what I mean. Sonic Youth redeam themselves later on with the Sonic Nurse album, but this is start of the slide I feel. Not a keeper.
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on 24 May 2004
this album contains some of sonic youths best music and greatest lyrics. it is a must have for any sonic youth fan!!
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