Favorite

Sonic Youth 

Murray Street (DGC)

It takes only one spin of Murray Street to conclude that the recent addition of underground composer, producer, and guitarist Jim O'Rourke to Sonic Youth's lineup isn't big news. Actually, O'Rourke was far more prominent last time out, when he was simply the band's producer. On 2000's Nyc Ghosts & Flowers, his ambient noises and laptop tricks underscored the album's avant-garde subject: the edgy history of New York's bohemian exiles, from reprobate Kansas writer William Burroughs to mad Cleveland poet d.a. levy.

But on this second installment of the group's New York City trilogy, O'Rourke hangs back, allowing the group's three longstanding songwriters to step up and survey familiar terrain -- the street where Sonic Youth has its practice space -- with their most direct numbers since they turned their backs on alternative rock. Lee Ranaldo courts mystery and chaos on the sweeping "Karen Revisited," Kim Gordon kicks against the pricks on the acidic "Plastic Sun," and Thurston Moore shines repeatedly as the group's humanitarian ambassador. Foremost is his gorgeous "Disconnection Notice," which brings the real news: Sonic Youth has had enough of romantic exile. Murray Street, after all, sits only three blocks from Ground Zero.

More by Franklin Soults

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Calendar

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Staff Pick Events

  • Magic of the Movies @ Blossom

    • Sun., July 24
  • BlueWater Brass Quintet @ Cain Park

    • Tue., July 26
  • Red Stage Summer Music Series @ Beck Center for the Arts

    • Wed., July 27, Wed., Aug. 10, Wed., Aug. 24 and Wed., Sept. 7

Facebook Activity

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation