Sonic Youth “Sonic Nurse” (2004)

July 17, 2011

Sonic Nurse (awesome title) is the 13th LP by the alternative rock kingpins, Sonic Youth. If you have never heard of them, you know shit about rock and you’d better crawl under that stone you came from. Or listen to this masterful symphony of neurotic yet luring melodies as soon as possible. Kim Gordon’s take on the opening Pattern Recognition hypnotises. The song itself is beautifully raw and slightly cacophonous. Unmade Bed is more subtle and it’s Thurston Moore’s vocal this time. Not at all surprisingly, he is equally skilled. The penultimate I Love You Golden Blue deserves the highest attention. Gordon sings on the brink of whisper and you wonder if she is heading towards a breakdown more than once. It’s an extremely introverted performance, one of the standouts of a superb exercise in what might be a rock’n’roll psychology and neurology.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: I Love You Golden Blue, Pattern Recognition, Unmade Bed

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