Sonic Youth
Silver Session (For Jason Knuth)


3.0
good

Review

by AlienEater USER (9 Reviews)
January 8th, 2007 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: it's like, feedback, man

Imagine the situation: you are attempting to vocal overdubs for your upcoming album; however, you have a problem. It seems as though a funkster metal band above you are blasting out some, uh, funky metal resulting in you not being able to sing properly. The question is, what do you do?

If you’re Sonic Youth, then the answer seems pretty obvious: make as much ***ing noise as possible.

“We decided to fight fire with molten lava and turned every amp we owned on to 10+ and leaned as many guitars and basses as we could plug in against the, and they roared/HOWLED like airplanes burning over the pacific"we could only enter the room with our hands against our ears and even then it was physically stunning"we ran a sick outmoded beatbox through the p.a. and it blew out horrendous distorted pulsations.” Thurston Moore

The result is pretty much Silver Session (For Jason Knuth). However, only telling this probably gives a completely impression about this EP. This session of noise was broken up into eight, easily listenable pieces, totalling at 31 minutes and 8 seconds. It does, on occasion, reach heights of noise, with ear piercing feedback and the pounding beatbox blasting out throbbing noises. However, this is only on occasion. For the most part, its mixing has formed something entirely different. At times, Silver Session almost has an ambient feel. Layers of feedback gradually appear and form a gentle structureless mass of low humming and buzzing. It becomes impossible to tell which instrument is which: they become one. It drones monotonously, rarely changing, if ever. Now and then, the feedback calmly pulses and throbs and vibrates at varying frequency and pitch. The feedback is, sometimes beautiful, in its repetitive, almost eerie or haunting way. Of course, it does, sometimes become too much and, eventually slightly tedious and dull.

Silver Session is an interesting EP, and it could be said to be one of Sonic Youth’s “weirdest!” , I suppose, along with some of SYRs. (Actually, this was an SKR, the ‘K’ refers to the Jason Knuth of the title, I believe: a fan who committed suicide). “In a way, it’s my favourite record of ours” says Thurston Moore. And I guess, in a way, it is. But, by some similar, equally twisted logic, it, in a way, is their worst record. And most people probably think that way.

I, however, don’t know which one is more likely.



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Neoteric
January 8th 2007


3243 Comments


I really want to hear this.

Good review.

MrKite
January 8th 2007


5020 Comments


Beef it up a bit, man.
This sounds interesting but I won't be picking it up I'd say I should probably wait a few albums before this.

Kaleid
January 8th 2007


711 Comments


This sounds very unusual.
I haven't heard any of their stuff. What's the best?

Neoteric
January 8th 2007


3243 Comments


Daydream Nation is the popular choice.

The Jungler
January 8th 2007


4827 Comments


This sounds very unusual.

I haven't heard any of their stuff. What's the best?
Go with Daydream Nation first.
This sounds interesting, though I can definitely see why you didn't rate it very high. I'd be interested in hearing this but definitely won't be buying it anytime soon.
Nice job on the review.

Eliminator
January 8th 2007


2067 Comments


This EP is cool.

relaxing.

francesfarmer
January 8th 2007


1477 Comments


Silver Wax Lips m/

Two-Headed Boy
January 8th 2007


4527 Comments


Sounds purty neat, if you ask me.

AlienEater
January 8th 2007


716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wasn't sure whether to give it 3 or 3.5. It's kinda in the middle.

theminustimes
September 19th 2007


261 Comments


i really badly wanna hear this

it sound so interesting

i love Sonic Youth They are crazy

Niklas
September 1st 2008


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just fuking love this

LearntoSwim
September 26th 2008


68 Comments


comma happy



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