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I love Sonic Youth's SYR series because, with a couple of exceptions, they've all been self-indulgent toss. They get it all out of their systems then come along with a 'proper' new LP that walks up to every other band while they're busy doing bench presses, holds them down and pumps in their face. It's utilitarian noodling and I, for one, am very grateful for it. SYR8 features a recording of a set ...

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Andre Sider af Sonic Youth by Sonic Youth With Mats Gustafsson and Merzbow
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6/10 Brett Staff review, 24 July 2008
I love Sonic Youth's SYR series because, with a couple of exceptions, they've all been self-indulgent toss. They get it all out of their systems then come along with a 'proper' new LP that walks up to every other band while they're busy doing bench presses, holds them down and pumps in their face. It's utilitarian noodling and I, for one, am very grateful for it. SYR8 features a recording of a set from Roskilde in 2005 while Jim O'Rourke was still kicking around with them, with Merzbow also dropping in for tea. Basically there's a lot of jazzing about, the occasional bit of shouting, maybe a few buckets being hit with sticks or something. I mean I'm all for avant-garde stuff and I probably have a higher tolerance for it than most but as Phil quite rightly says, there's really nothing much here to latch on to and it's very hard to imagine anyone genuinely loving the thing. I'm sure it'd be far more interesting if you were seeing them do it live and watching them play off each other in a more physical way, but none of that comes through on the recording alone. Still, at least there next studio LP's bound to be a beauty.



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