Thurston Moore
Psychic Hearts


4.0
excellent

Review

by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
January 5th, 2007 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent release from the Sonic Youth guitarist.

Thurston Moore is a great musician. Known for his work as Sonic Youth axe-man and vocalist, it’s common to think that he would finally break out and do something of his own while still faithful to his main band. Thurston’s guitar style is novel, his approach to his instrument is a world of swirling feedback and crazy tunings. Physic Hearts is a solo effort with Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth member) drumming. Many people ask, “how does this compare to Sonic Youth releases?”. Well the album is more acoustic-oriented which is something unusual for Thurston (he’s experimented with acoustics before but not for a whole album). Acoustics are used in interesting ways while still experimenting with tunings and are used as a background instrument.

To be more specific, the song “Physic Hearts” is mostly only two chords playing over Thurston’s hollow-sounding voice. This isn’t musically exhilarating but the main point of the song is Thurston’s singing which is more rhythmical talking than anything. His lyrics tell a story and seem intentionally shallow but none the less work well. Another example of acoustics is when there would be an acoustic line but also the same line on an electric playing at the same time. This is something that a typical Thurston wouldn’t do as his guitar partner Lee Ranaldo would just blast on away with him on two electrics. It adds another dynamic to the album and definitely another side of the man.

Steve’s drumming is very solid, the same as it usually would be on any Sonic Youth release except his drumming is highlighted a bit more since they seem better mixed. His drum sound on most Sonic Youth releases would sound small and his snare would usually sound like someone hitting a phonebook with the eraser end of a pencil.

To continue with the Sonic Youth comparisons, the songs are extra melodic and are rich with creamy melody lines. It would be obvious by now this isn’t on par with such highlight Youth releases such as Sister or the indie classic Daydream Nation but this release is improved from minor Sonic Youth albums. Physic Hearts is a lot more melodious than what Thurston is used to but keeps a sweet noisy, quirky sound that he has made himself known for. It is aggressive yes and contains heavier-than-normal passages stringed throughout the songs but as an overall piece, it is harmonious and smooth sounding. It is fair to say there is not a dud on the LP in fact the only low point of the album is the dragging “Elegy For All The Dead Rock Stars”. A song that can be perfectly listenable until it keeps going on and on until the point where it simply gets boring and aggravating.

In conclusion, this album is simply brilliant. It is melodically sweet while still pertaining to an eccentric sound and has some catchy and memorable guitar lines. Steve’s drumming is sounding great and really adds a background to it. Upon first look one would think this is an experimental album considering the artist and his will to experiment but amazingly, this is accessible and easy to listen to. Essential to Sonic Youth fans and Thurston Moore fans.



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The Jungler
January 5th 2007


4827 Comments


Cool, I like the idea of Moore over an acoustic, and Steve's drumming is always on par. Good review.

Ephex
January 5th 2007


730 Comments


I want this! Good review!

Eliminator
January 5th 2007


2067 Comments


lol @ rating

Tyler
Emeritus
January 5th 2007


7926 Comments


I've never really heard Sonic Youth, and I've certainly never heard this, but good review nonetheless.

Neoteric
January 5th 2007


3243 Comments


Thanks for the comments. And this is excellent stuff Eliminator.

Eliminator
January 5th 2007


2067 Comments


No it's not.

it's good, but it gets boring and some of the songs sound way too much like dirty and EJS stuff

how long have you even had this

AlienEater
January 5th 2007


716 Comments


i heard its not great

Neoteric
January 5th 2007


3243 Comments


I've had it for two weeks or so and I've listened to it quite a lot. And I personally don't think it sounds like Dirty or EJS but you'll probably try and prove me wrong here.

Zmev
January 5th 2007


983 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol @ rating


This.


Neoteric
January 5th 2007


3243 Comments


Bah -___-

Zmev
January 5th 2007


983 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=Mark Prindle on Psychic Hearts]This album is so Thurston POORE, it makes me want to take it out of the Thurston DRAWERE and throw it on the Thurston FLOORE. Then I might even grab the Thurston BORE and kick it out the Thurston DOORE and go down to the Thurston SHORE to pick up a Thurston WHORE. Let me tell you what you have in Thurston STORE if you decide that Dirty and Goodbye 20th Century CDs aren't sufficiently rotten to the Thurston CORE and you need some Thurston MORE to. oh. That was already - OK next slide.[/quote]

He tells it like it is.

Eliminator
January 5th 2007


2067 Comments


hahahahha

Two-Headed Boy
January 16th 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a good album.

AcidCaravan
December 17th 2012


206 Comments


This album is very very good. And I always thought Mark Prindle is a dick..

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