Sonic Youth - SONIC NURSE (2LP) Vinyl


Since 1990's GOO, Sonic Youth has increasingly refined its edgy avant-garde noise excursions with a unique approach to traditional rock song structure. 2004's SONIC NURSE continues the trend. The guitars still squall (as one would expect from a band specializing in distortion since the early 1980s), but that squall seems carefully orchestrated now. The effect is due, in large part, to the presence of professional soundscaper, producer, and musician Jim O'Rourke, who mixed SONIC NURSE, and has been working with the band since 2000.
The opener, "Pattern Recognition," brews a quiet hurricane of drums, interlocking guitar rhythms, and high-end leads under bassist Kim Gordon's deadpan vocals. Guitarist Thurston Moore's equally understated singing moves through cresting and ebbing six-string waves on the lyrical "Unmade Bed," the pulsing "Stones," and the quiet, anthemic "Peace Attack." Throughout, Sonic Youth's trademark intensity prevails, but under cover of a sophisticated and dynamic balance born from years of experimentation.

  • Format: Vinyl
  • Genre: Rock