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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 The blunt, chaotic sound of Sonic Youth's visionary but difficult early work had begun to give way to a more coherent and song-oriented attack on 1986's EVOL, and with 1987's Sister, Sonic Youth revealed that they were a great rock band as well as a great art band. From the shifting dynamics and disquieting mood of the opening track "Schizophrenia" to the ferocious coda of "White Cross," Sister was the work of a band that had grown impressively stronger and more unified in the 12 months since their previous long-player. The sheets of sound that issued from Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo's re-tuned and modified guitars were still the core of their sound, but Sonic Youth's songcraft was steadily improving as they made better and more effective use of their aural palette and created a melodic context that helped their noisy report make greater dramatic sense. After going through a handful of drummers, Steve Shelley finally gave Sonic Youth the combination of chops, imagination, and force that they needed behind the kit, and while he certainly improved EVOL (his debut with the group), it was Sister where he truly make his mark: the steady pulse and rhythmic shadings of "Catholic Block," "Stereo Sanctity," and "Tuff Gnarl" helped firm up the tunes and added some discipline to Moore and Renaldo's exploratory guitar work that, remarkably, made their twisted instrumental figures more impressive and no less distinctive. And the warmth and clarity of Bill Titus' all-analog engineering made the guitars (and Kim Gordon's bass) sound as glorious as they always deserved; while Sonic Youth had been a band with great ideas from the start, Sister was where the execution finally caught up with the concept, and it was their first truly great album. ~ Mark Deming

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.
Artist Followers
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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 Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations If I Stay (ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Connors, Loren Mazzacane
Gustafsson, Mats (Saxophone)
ICP Orchestra
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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