Sonic Youth
SYR1: Anagrama


4.0
excellent

Review

by something vague USER (16 Reviews)
May 28th, 2006 | 14 replies | 6,035 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

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Instead of taking songs and crafting them into noise-rock assaults or chiming meditative love songs, Sonic Youth decided to take their time and slowly craft instrumental pieces. The result of this is the SYR (Sonic Youth Recordings) series, a departure but also a logical progression from the band's most recent works, Washing Machine and A Thousand Leaves. They brought in Confusion is Sex producer Wharton Tiers to fill in the spaces, and thus finalizing the band's dive into more free-spirited, nonchalantly artistic music that DGC would have easily rejected.

Released in May of 1997, Anagrama is nothing less than a brief slip of musical consciousness. "Anagrama" kicks things off, a winding 9 minute instrumental piece focused on chiming, expanding melodies and clockwork, almost Latinesque rhythms slowly building up to a wall of iridescent beauty. Repitition is not strenuous but welcoming, and once the song has fallen off a cliff, it lazily pulls itself up.

"Improvisation Ajoutee" is a brief lesson in percussive guitar, odd noises, and breezy percussion, while "Tremens" is a laidback, almost jazzy improv tune. Unlike the other songs here, it borders on trippy psychedelia and even DJ Shadow-like atmospherics with liquid, creepy guitar noodling that is sure to satisfy most. The crystal clear production aids the song even moreso, providing a glimpse into Sonic Youth's interplay and tonal/structural capibilties. "Mieux: De Corrosion" destroys the notion off a noise-less Sonic Youth outing with 7 minutes of industrial churning, phaser space attacks, and random guitar assaults, until it later turns into a heavy metal guitar drone and then I guess it went out for ice cream and motorcycle noises after that. It doesn't make sense, but hey...

If the SYR series has proved something to me, it's that Sonic Youth can do anything (and everything) they want and get away with it. Anagrama is a wonderful, yet brief, outing in Youthian improvisation, keen melodic sense, and noise. Noise.



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Two-Headed Boy
May 28th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Brief but very informative review, and you've piqued my interest, but I have many Sonic Youth purchases to go through first.

masada
May 28th 2006



2733 Comments


Nice blurb lol.

The Jungler
May 28th 2006



4827 Comments


Yeah, I pretty much agree with AV8RS, great job.

The Jungler
May 28th 2006



4827 Comments


Sheesh, way to double post me.This Message Edited On 05.28.06

pulseczar
May 28th 2006



2385 Comments


I heard Sonic Youth sucked at slow jamz.

AlienEater
May 29th 2006



716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have a load of these recordings, but I haven't got this.

masada
May 29th 2006



2733 Comments


[quote=pulseczar]I heard Sonic Youth sucked at slow jamz.[/quote] I heard you sucked at life lol.

Two-Headed Boy
September 22nd 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Two comments and two lol's from Eliminator. Perhaps a new record.

pulseczar
September 22nd 2006



2385 Comments


that sucking at life comment never stopped hurting :upset:

CanonInD
September 22nd 2006



359 Comments


you guys each have one spam can

stinkypoptart
September 22nd 2006



1169 Comments


ive been meaning to get into these guys, i like what ive heard.

rhyno
November 28th 2006



28 Comments


The first song is amazing, the middle two are pretty good, and the last song is annoying Merzbow-ish noise. I like it overall though.

any14doomsday
March 5th 2007



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

out of the limited sonic youth I have or have heard this is probobly my favorite.

JesusV4
June 8th 2010



391 Comments


Just finished buying all of SY's LPs. Maybe I should go for the SYR series now?



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