It's a question elicited by any great album, but one that accompanied Sonic Youth's return to It's a question elicited by any great album, but one that accompanied Sonic Youth's return to glory, Murray Street , in particular, and will likely arise in response to any remotely decent effort from the group herein. It might have dawned on some fans only after hearing Murray Street that Sonic Youth's mean age was then roughly 45, and that the group arguably hadn't produced a record of such caliber since they were in their late 20s. And while age is certainly unavoidable, as sensitive fifty-something poets constantly remind us, it shouldn't come as any great surprise that the band still pack some alternately-tuned potency in their aging physiognomies: There are manifold examples of musicians in most every genre, besides younglings rock and hip-hop, who have continued playing, if not composing, masterfully, well into their 70s. Like the best jazz musicians, Sonic Youth have turned their love for experimental rock into a habit; perhaps more so than any other band, they've transcended the temporality of quality output in rock music.
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The album's cover art was designed by artist Richard Prince from his Nurse Paintings series. Furthermore, one of Prince's photographic creations in this series was titled "Dude Ranch Nurse", which is also the name of a song on this record. Sonic Youth had used Gibson's work as an influence before, notably on a few tracks from Daydream Nation The album has a score of 77 out of from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews". Prefix Magazine gave it a favorable review and said, "With Sonic Nurse , it's truly possible to see 's excruciatingly indulgent NYC Ghosts and Flowers as a speed bump on an otherwise smooth decade of record-making. Their last, 's bittersweet Murray Street , was a return to form, and the epic Sonic Nurse will only supply more evidence for Sonic Youth's canonization". Music UK gave the album 8 stars out of 10 and said, "What emerges is Sonic Youth at complete ease with themselves and their music, operating simultaneously at the peak of their powers and with a powerful, audacious restraint". The balance between noise and melody is right, with each emerging and vanishing at just the right point". Club also gave it a favorable review and said the album "compiles a laid-back hour of elaborate plucking and rhythm from five veteran musicians who reserve musical violence and poetic anger for when it feels most appropriate".
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Epic jams and experimental grooves from one of the greatest bands ever. If all Sonic Youth albums pretty much sound alike, as skeptics grumble, some Sonic Youth albums definitely sound more alike than others. And Sonic Nurse is one of those. Practically Sonic Youth concentrate, the disc manages to sound like a distillation of the band's career and a promise that they can keep doing this forever. Sonic Youth has trimmed away its more direct hooks, while also curbing its artier indulgences. That isn't to say that melody or noise is absent--especially when it's Kim Gordon's turn to rant on cuts such as "Mariah Carey and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream"--but that these elements are carefully balanced and defer to an overall sound that's richer than ever now that newest member Jim O'Rourke has fully integrated himself into the band's gestalt. The mood may be pastoral and domestic, but often, as on "Peace Attack," it's grounded in an undercurrent of concern. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Skip to main content.
Picking up where Murray Street 's languid experimentalism left off, Sonic Youth 's somewhat awkwardly named Sonic Nurse shows that the band still sounds revitalized, and may have even tapped into a more fruitful creative streak than they did on their previous album. Anyone who has stuck with Sonic Youth this long knows more or less what to expect from them, but the group still has the potential to surprise; one of Sonic Nurse 's biggest surprises is the return of Kim Gordon. Of course, the rest of the band finds moments to shine: Thurston Moore 's "Dripping Dream" begins as absurdist, angular rock although he still has the ability to make phrases like "We've been searching for the cream dream wax" sound like the coolest thing ever and stretches out into a beautiful epic, with the interplay of feedback and guitar lines giving it a comet-tail majesty.