Sonic Youth : Murray Street
...pretty and rather ineffectual halfway-house of an album...
Ironically, far from being an aural endurance test, 'Murray Street', is a pretty and rather ineffectual halfway-house of an album, wherein some not-very-strong songs leave you gagging for more obtuse noise. Part gunmetal grey pop-song, part experimental odyssey, 'Karen' is one of four tracks that get the balance and definition right, but, overall, SY fail to get into their groove between twisted, brutalised melody and spastic six-string experimentalism.
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