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A Thousand Leaves
Sonic Youth
A Thousand Leaves
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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The ageless Sonic Youth return with a new, yet familiar, excursion into their own particular brand of ultra-amplified, dissonant rock. The quartet's CD A Thousand Leaves evokes fond memories of yesteryear's noisy, now-clas...  more »

      
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All Artists: Sonic Youth
Title: A Thousand Leaves
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Geffen Records
Original Release Date: 5/12/1998
Release Date: 5/12/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Vocal Pop, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 720642520321, 0720642520321

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The ageless Sonic Youth return with a new, yet familiar, excursion into their own particular brand of ultra-amplified, dissonant rock. The quartet's CD A Thousand Leaves evokes fond memories of yesteryear's noisy, now-classic, avant-garde approach, while retaining snippets of traditional pop elements heard on several of their previous major-label releases. As Sonic Youth's music has gained a larger audience, they've preserved doses of the crunched melody and meandering structure that has always been their trademark. The new release sounds relatively unabashed, with wandering songs like "Female Mechanic Now on Duty" spewing extended barrages of feedback and Kim Gordon's dry, unsettling scowls at the listener. Look deeper, however, and there's a quiet resonance among the racket, with tracks like "Sunday" and "Snare, Girl" making use of Thurston Moore's cooler vocal tone and jagged, cascading guitar passages. --Matthew Cooke

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Sonic Youth's modern masterpiece...
Aron Hsiao | New York, New York | 05/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Along with Washing Machine, A Thousand Leaves is a clear indication that Sonic Youth have transcended the barriers of punk, noise, avant-garde, etc. and have become coincident with the core of modern music and modern lyric poetry across all genres and forms. A Thousand Leaves, sporting long, autumnal, melodic meditations like Hits of Sunshine and Wildflower Soul along ennui-laden snapshots like Hoarfrost and Sunday, is a kind of symphony for the pop/rock age and is as deep and haunting as anything the classicists ever scribbled down on paper.Now, I've heard and read any number of reviews referring to A Thousand Leaves as 'more experimental' and 'not very pop oriented' but of course these phrases are coming from the mouths of those that do not know much of the history of Sonic Youth or much of truly experimental music. Neubauten's 'Drawings of Patient O.T.' it's not -- in fact, I wouldn't refer to A Thousand Leaves as 'experimental' music in any sense of the word... But by the same token, if you're looking for hooks, hooks, hooks or the McDonald's-style music that SY cashed in with (and more power to them) during the 'grunge era' then this isn't the album for you.If you own Sister and Daydream Nation, however, or even just Washing Machine, and listen to them all the time, unable to keep from tapping your feet and swaying just a little... Then A Thousand Leaves is another perfect Sonic Disc for you."
Their best album; a true masterpiece
Justin Oser | 03/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have almost every Sonic Youth album, including their supposed best "Sister" and "Daydream Nation" and this blows the rest of them away. It has lots of noise, which I love, but some of the best stuff on here has no noise. "Hoarfrost" is the most beautiful Sonic Youth song (maybe any song) I've ever heard, "Snare, Girl" is also quite beautiful. If you like albums full of songs that aren't afraid to go on for as long as it takes to make a complete song (the average song on here is almost seven minutes) and a good balance of noise and beauty, this is the album for you. I don't know if they'll ever top this one, but I can only hope their next album will."
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
Robert | Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada | 01/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i love this album so much, i remember back in the day all my friends thought it was too weird and want to listen to shitty music like Sublime or Tool, i was like SONIC YOUTH!!! why? because they're wicked, listen to this cd alone with some LSD!! and you'll see/hear/love this album as SONIC YOUTH's GREATEST ALBUM!!!Amazing..."Sunday" was the single"