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Sister (1987)

Artist: Sonic Youth
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Format: CD
Sku: 60180554
UPC: 720642451427
UPC 14: 00720642451427
Release Date: 10/11/1994
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Schizophrenia ~ Sonic Youth
2. Catholic Block ~ Sonic Youth
3. Beauty Lies In The Eye ~ Sonic Youth
4. Stereo Sanctity ~ Sonic Youth
5. Pipeline / Kill Time ~ Sonic Youth
6. Tuff Gnarl ~ Sonic Youth
7. Pacific Coast Highway ~ Sonic Youth
8. Hot Wire My Heart ~ Sonic Youth
9. Cotton Crown ~ Sonic Youth
10. White Cross ~ Sonic Youth
11. Master-Dik ~ Sonic Youth

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Sonic Youth: Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo (vocals, guitar); Kim Gordon (vocals, bass); Steve Shelley (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Walter Sear (programming).
Muze PNote Originally released on SST (134).
Muze PNote With SISTER, Sonic Youth moved even further from the self-conscious punk rock that marred their first releases, SONIC YOUTH (1982) and CONFUSION IS SEX (1983). Incorporating heavy echo effects--especially on bassist Kim Gordon's vocal turns like "Beauty Lies in the Eye"--and Steve Shelley's propulsive and nuanced drumming, SISTER shows the band refining its signature sound with vocal harmonies and great slabs of rusty guitar. The sound developed by the band here helped shape the course of American independent rock.
Muze PNote "Catholic Block" creates fascinating tensions between its various instruments, using an almost hypnotic pulse during the verses, while the bridges devolve into near-freeform experimentation. The distorted foundation of "Cotton Crown" ebbs and flows, laying a base that gives the almost ballad-like song an epic feel that suggest it could go on forever--it is one of the band's best moments. The record concludes with an odd-ball bonus track, "Master-Dik," a bizarre "white-guy" rap from a 12" single that includes a lot of naughty words, in addition to Thurston Moore singing along with a short sample from the Rolling Stones "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." SISTER is a state-of-the-art rock album that shows no signs of aging--a classic.

Producer: Sonic Youth

Engineer: Bill Titus

Artist Overview

Drawing equally from punk rock and new-music pioneers such as John Cage and Glenn Branca (whom guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo both played with), Sonic Youth employed a palette of white noise that deconstructed punk-rock orthodoxy into radical new configurations. Seemingly the opposite of what major labels would want in a band, Sonic Youth inked a deal with Geffen records in the late 1980s and caught the ear of a certain mainstream listenership. With the release of their 16th proper studio album, RATHER RIPPED, in 2006, Sonic Youth secured their position as icons of underground and alternative culture.
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Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Pump Up The Volume
Muze Music Compilations Project-Anthology of American Folk Music
Muze Music Compilations I'm Not There (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Juno
Muze Music Compilations Bridge School Concerts 25Th Ann Ed
Muze Music Compilations If I Stay (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Connors, Loren Mazzacane
Morricone, Ennio
String Quartet
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/11/1994
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1987
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 4245142
Music Label Name Label : Geffen
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00720642451427

Professional Reviews

Q (7/96, p.144)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "...The New Yorker's masterpiece....erased the more indulgent bits from EVOL and concentrated Sonic Youth's talent for gently tortured rock; an emotive, inventive pre-grunge..."

Alternative Press (p.200)
- "[I]ts inventive arrangements and distressed guitar work are shockingly accessible-sounding..."

Alternative Press (7/95, p.75)
- Ranked #3 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...The focus here wasn't clear, it was city blocks and bits of old farms tied together with broken guitar strings and awesome noise. The band were trying as hard as they could, and they got ultimate beauty both uncontrollable and irreplaceable..."

CMJ (1/5/04, p.20)
- Ranked #13 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1987"

Melody Maker (5/4/96, p.58)
- "...The mid-period Sonic LPs, specifically SISTER and DAYDREAM NATION, are generally regarded as their most fully realised..."

NME (Magazine)
(10/2/93, p.29)
- Ranked #80 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'

NME (Magazine)
(9/25/93, p.19)
- Ranked #37 in NME's list of the `50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.'

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