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Music Marathon 2009 Part 9 (Sonic Youth – The Swell Season)

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The semester’s started, so I’m squeezing these in where I can…

Sonic Youth – The Eternal
If there’s an ongoing motif of post-2000 Sonic Youth album reviews, it’s the preoccupation with their ever-impending return to form.  By “return to form,” reviewers and fans tend to be pretty unanimous in their meaning – we want another album like Daydream Nation.  Sure, we music fan types tend to flit around the subject for fear of coming off as nostalgists or being against a band’s artistic growth.  But let’s be frank here… Sonic Youth has had at least 15 years of moving away from that style in an attempt at growth, and they’ve kind of blown it.  So starting with Murray Street, SY fans were all so taken with the idea of the band backing off on the soundscapes and making with the “Teenage Riot”s that they took any bit of propulsion as a good sign.  This kept up through Sonic Nurse and Rather Ripped, but in each instance, the performances were too relaxed, the guitars too clean, the vocals melodies harnessed too tightly to the riffs.  Read the rest of this entry »


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February 6, 2010 at 10:18 am

Music Marathon 2007, Part 19 (Spoon – Stars)

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The gap between listening progress and blog progress is pretty impressive at this point. I’m well into W at this point (and I’ve been padding my listening with other stuff, so as not to get too far ahead), but here we are about halfway through S. Anyway…

Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Starting with the excellent 2002 LP, Kill the Moonlight, each Spoon release has become an exercise in minimalism. While that album may still hold the title as the band’s most stripped down, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga takes the simplicity developed on that album and its slightly less successful follow-up, Gimme Fiction, and smooths it out into the band’s most immediate, enjoyably pop-oriented project yet. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm