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It's the perfect marriage of their guitarfrenzy and popsongsensibility mixed with those awesome drums
I love the whole valve-recorded vibe of it, the combination of the subject matter and the warm vintage sound is all so well linked in with the whole Philip K Dick thing.
+ The saturation is a guitar heaven.
+ I wish they did the duet thing they do on Kotton Krown more than just that once but I suppose that makes it extra special.
- Even tho it's cool to have the bonus track and all Master Dik proper destroys the mood, shoulda been a bonus on the Ciccone Youth CD I think.
I think EVOL would get almost the same sort of love if the mixing was better, the guitars are sort of mid-80s and distant on it.
Just below EVOL on the list as the best, I think. It's pretty much a perfect album.
but that could also be because Sister was the first record I heard of SY
guitars sound great.
It is a good sounding record, I think it's also a great summer album.
The first four tracks are great- it's also quite a consistent album as a whole- I think SY can be a bit patchy.
Does the whole dark, slightly unhinged, beat-poetry/No-Wave NY at the start of the 80s sort of thing that I really like about Sonic Youth.
I guess in a way I listen to the people they got me into Glenn Branca, Arto Lindsay, Ikue Mori, Rhys Chatham, Lydia Lunch etc... a bit more than them themselves but I'm pretty grateful that they got me into that stuff, and by a coincidence I listened to Daydream Nation for the first time in 3 or 4 years last night, and it's still pretty ace.
I saw SY live once in 2006 at this festival and after the SY gig Thurston unplugged his guitar and walked to a different hall in the venue, plugged in on stage there and played with Dream/Aktion Unit. The latter gig was so much more awesome and amazing than the SY gig. Lots of SY material is just straight forward in a way, while they and lots of people around them also have these experimental things going on, which are often way more interesting.
we drove across the USA a lot. We'd do some days just driving. I'd brought my walkman to listen to in the car but all my hundreds of compilation tapes got erased by the airport x-ray machine. I spent my allowance on 'Sister' and my brother bought 'Evol' at the first record shop we got to in America when we landed and we just listened to them and swapped them for 4 weeks solid. Without anything else.
Yeah, Sister rules. And I don't think there are many other pairs of albums I could've survived on.