Thursday, January 17, 2008

Better With Age

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Dipping into the back catalog, I listened to Sonic Youth's Murray Street, Sonic Nurse, & Rather Ripped today. These LPs are terrific examples of a rock group that not only "ages gracefully," but actually improves immensely. While some may point to Daydream Nation or Evol as the band's seminal works, 21st-century SY surely makes a case otherwise. The band sounds tight but retains the trademark dissonance (in a more controlled form). &, although some hipster-lo-fi-wanna-bes might find it a detriment, the production quality is far superior. Not to mention O'Rourke's handy work on MS & SN injects a fresh dynamic/perspective to a group that had been around for decades.

1 comment:

Johnny Cakes said...

Warchevski's got it right folks! My position is that the 'change' in SY's sound was not coincidental to the 'arrival' of Jim O'Rourke as a proper band member. Check out my blog soon, as I will post some clips from axeman Moore's 2007 solo outing.