Sonic Youth
Sonic Nurse


4.0
excellent

Review

by something vague USER (16 Reviews)
April 29th, 2006 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Sonic Youth sucks. They really haven't done a single thing that will ever qualify as music, believe it or not. Hell, even if you're desperate enough to sit there and recall every sad excuse for a song, you'll never come to an absolute conclusion (and seeing as you've checked every Sonic Youth song, you probably have no life). But don't take my word for it; Joe Satriani's hypnotizing bald shine is of wet dream status to me. That man can really handle his wood. But superawesome guitar hero fetishes aside (He's oh so super colossal), this is a music review, despite actually reviewing this pathetic excuse for an album called Sonic Nurse. Here's the story: Richard Prince, some painter dude that I don't really care about, got his paint on and came up with some sweet paintings. You dig? These paintings, revolving around nurse figures, ooze with warm colors and layers of it, mish-mashing together to form this fuzzdrogynous, sedate atmosphere. Note: Dude Rance Nurse is the sexiest one.

These quaint lil' paintings reflect the overall feel of Sonic Nurse in a pretty typical way. No dude, really. Every song here is flooded with warm, and usually clean, guitars chiming and blending together, a firmly loose rhythm backing, and basically and overallily, the best songs that Sonic Youth have written since the days of Washing Machine. One improvement noted often by other reviewers abroad is the return of Kim Gordon as a major contributor of songs that don't suck (cough"Plastic Sun"cough). Her songs here are some of the finest, including the relatively upbeat opener "Pattern Recognition", the viciously wonderful "Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream", where over oddball sqeels and dissonant rumblings, she pokes fun (sarcastically) : "Maybe you need an emo boy" ; "How was yr. date with Eminem? Did he bake you and forsake you?". As far as sheer cutting goes, it's probably the best of lyrics on the album. Don't forget the waaaeeehhhrhhoooooohh!!!! sounds either. Kim also rocks the Earth in "I Love You Golden Blue", her best song since the other achingly beautiful "Little Trouble Girl" nine years previous.

This isn't to dismiss the rest of Sonic Youth in all of their sexy art noise guitar destroying glory, either. Actually there probably won't be any guitar destroying on these songs, wooooops. "Dripping Dream" is one of the most impressive outings on Sonic Nurse, where cacophonous noise morphs into a sincere, oodles-of-woozy clean guitar meditation trips and back. Although the some parts may seem awkward in comparison to the ones that came before, the all somehow work out into one master plan of the song. "New Hampshire" rocks the jazz-like steady drum beat intro plenty of guitar overtones and loose but also structured melodies that weave in and out of the song. Not only that, but it's able to sport and awkard note pattern that flips the song into some other region (which also involves naming people like Johnny Winter, B.B. King). I'm sure it's about something, but who needs meaning when we can have *** like this? Ahhhhhhhh Lee Ranaldo!!! Yeah he has a song: "Paper Cup Exit". Once again, the mutations are present, and so is his world-of-calm vocals that are always of something to look forward to. Don't let Butch Vig hear this, though. The song goes from oozy pretty melodies to tense verse sections and somehow even more tense chorus sections and whatnot. Like many of the songs on Sonic Nurse, it has a deft sense of dynamics and variation that keep every song interesting, something that not even Sonic Youth have been good at.

When I sit down to ponder different elements of Sonic Youth's career, one thing that remains clear about the "4th Level" of their careers is their sense of melodic ingenuity, which when added into their natural experimentations and other sense, makes one hell of a collection of songs. What best represents this stage of their career is the final two songs of Sonic Nurse: "I Love You Golden Blue" and "Peace Attack". The former arrives with light drones and noises fluttering about, but then slowly persuades itself into a gorgeous, leaping, semi-ballad full of lyrics that sung as plaintively as they deserve to sound, thuogh bordering on nonsense: "I don't glitter like the stars above, I don't glow like neon alone". The importance isn't placed upon the lyrics, but more so on the feel they generate, a common thing throughout Sonic Nurse and even Sonic Youth's career, baby. "Peace Attack" closes it all out, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. While Sonic Youth had flirted with some political and social ideas before, such as on "Flower" and "Youth Against Fascism" (actually, they did a lot), "Peace Attack" is perhaps the most poignant and meaningful of them all: "Nature sex yawn winking / Reminder / Of the great / Of the great anti-hate / Springtime is wartime / All eyes to the crimeboss". Thurston croons overtop calm guitar strums and reserved drums, sounding like Beck but with a few more years on his shoulders. And while the song never veers too far from it's chosen path, it rises and falls, as does the rest of Sonic Nurse. It finds Sonic Youth as a band in it's proverbial comfort zone; a warm, almost natural place for the band, ironically enough. Hoepfully, they won't suck for too much longer.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zesty Mordant
April 30th 2006


1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. I'm thinking that I actually like this better than Daydream Nation
"Unmade Bed" is so damn good and "Dripping Dream" and "Stones" are pretty cool too.
"Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream" is pretty crappy however.

slack
April 30th 2006


249 Comments


Great review. Dripping Dream and I Love You Golden Blue are my favorite songs.

pattern_recognition
April 30th 2006


950 Comments


Decent review. I have a love/hate relationship with Sonic Youth. Daydream Nation, Dirty, and Goo are the only albums I really dig.
And for the record, my username is not a reference to the first song on this album.

Neoteric
April 30th 2006


3243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice.This Message Edited On 04.15.08

The Jungler
April 30th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, I've really only heard Unmade Bed off this and it ruled.
I'm glad someone has finaly stood up to the Satriani lovers cause godammit, he annoying.

smokingmonkey#666
April 30th 2006


5 Comments


sonic youth, one of the most influencial bands of the late 80s/90s, did not suck. without them there may not have been a nirvana

The Jungler
April 30th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^he was being sarcastic...
Read some of his (or Eliminator's) other SY reviews.

masada
April 30th 2006


2733 Comments


No Sonic Youth really does suck.

Satriani 4 Life.

NEDM
April 30th 2006


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Congrats on the new PC and ace review coming back.
Sonic Nurse will always own DN for me.

Zesty Mordant
April 30th 2006


1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's too many "vagues" on this site. I thought this review was done by VagueDan.
Goddamit


masada
April 30th 2006


2733 Comments


I was first.

The Jungler
April 30th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I made my name before I knew of Something Vague, I would change mine but I don't know how.

pulseczar
April 30th 2006


2385 Comments


This better mean you got a computer, faggot face.

masada
April 30th 2006


2733 Comments


"Incenerate" from Rather Ripped kicks copious amounts of butt. "Reena" is pretty cool too.

I'm starting to look forward to it.This Message Edited On 04.30.06

XxcheetoxX
April 30th 2006


78 Comments


Yo B, I found that Ciccone Youth album if you want it.

Two-Headed Boy
June 11th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gotta tell ya, this album owns. It may not be as good as DN or Sister, but it holds its ground amazingly solid.

The Jungler
September 1st 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is pretty freakin' amazing. I would give it a 5 if it weren't for 1 and 4.

aslo
September 1st 2006


12 Comments


i picked it up new for like $5 and i thought i totally got my money worth for it but i guess they just fit my style overall id say its a good album but i like their earlier stuff more

Eliminator
September 1st 2006


2067 Comments


Best 21st century Sonic Youth album so far no doubt turkeys.

Every song is awesome, but "I Love You Golden Blue" and "Peace Attack" kill everything else on it somehow.

francesfarmer
September 1st 2006


1477 Comments


I'm in desperate need of this album.



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