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Old 04.28.2009, 03:24 PM   #121
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i found two links. one in a blog and other in a music forum
quality seems good
PM Link? I've been listening to it streaming all day, but have a long drive tomorrow and wouldn't mind putting it on in the car
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Old 04.28.2009, 03:25 PM   #122
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Old 04.28.2009, 03:36 PM   #123
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I obviously need to let all of this sink in and listen to it a lot more, but my super-quick first impressions:

1. Sacred Trickster- An ok song, awesome opening to the song. Fitting as a quick opener.
2. Anti-Orgasm- This has some awesome fucking noise that we have not heard in quite some time. And have not heard in quite this way. Definitely one of the better tracks, it has a bit of everything. But not a stand-out track... and I mean that in the best possible way, as it implies an air of similar quality throughout the rest of the album.
3. Leaky Lifeboat- Beautiful opening. On the montage preview I was not at all excited for this. And it's awesome. Some amazing guitar sounds. New guitar sounds for them too.
4. Antenna- Sunny opening. Vocals not so hot, for me anyway. The vocals are similar to what they've done post-NYC Ghosts + Flowers. This is the only song that didn't excite me on first listen, and it was by no means bad. For all I know I could end up getting way into it next time around.
5. What We Know- Awesome opening. This album has lots of strong openings. My favorite Lee song in quite some time.
6. Calming the Snake- Fits into the album at this point nicely. I don't think it's lacking in any way.
7. Poison Arrow- Lou Reed-like vocal delivery from Thurston. Apparently lots of you thought this too. Ha ha.
8. Malibu Gas Station- Opening melody reminds me of the snow levels in Donkey Kong Country. Recent 'Daydream Nation' touring definitely influenced this one.
9. Thunderclap for Bobby Pyn- Some 'Nurse' sounds in a little bit of the guitar work, but not much. A good song.
10. No Way- This sounds way better recorded than when it did live almost a year ago whe I first heard it. Some nice rocking in this one. Some of the vocals sound like recent album vocal stylings, but inoffensively so.
11. Walkin Blue- The opening to this gave me a boner. Parts sound reminiscent to past Lee songs? Or am I just remembering the montage? But definitely awesome.
12. Massage the History- Acoustic guitar in Sonic Youth songs is weird to me. Otherwise enjoyable.

In sum:

All of the songs are rocking, but largely in a slightly relaxed way. The rock is there, the noise is there, the melodies are there. And it feels comfortable. Aside from the opening track, the tempo is pretty moderate. Ideas don't overstay their welcome. And I like this. Unlike the last two albums, I don't feel a nostalgia of songs past in the music. This album has its own awesome distinct feel, which 'Nurse' and 'Rather Ripped' were lacking. This 'feel,' which all of my favorite Sonic Youth albums have in spades, will become more clear as more time passes.

As for comparisons to other albums:

A Thousand Leaves- I don't hear it. There are a few meandering melodies, but not nearly as meandering, mellow, or expansive. I wouldn't compare the two at all.

Nurse- Nope. Aside from a couple of riffs here and there, I don't see this as Nurse 2.0 in the slightest. None of that jammy bullshit. Sure, 'Massage the History' is in the same vein as 'I Love You Golden Blue,' but 'I Love You Golden Blue' is nothing like the rest of 'Nurse.' This is completely a distinct album. At best, you can place it in a timeline, but that's it.

Goo- Uh, where? This comparison is confounding to me.
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Old 04.28.2009, 03:38 PM   #124
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Old 04.28.2009, 03:42 PM   #125
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Old 04.28.2009, 03:43 PM   #126
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Glad to hear everyone is liking this. I just can't bring myself to listen to a rip of a web-stream, so I'll wait until the release date.
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Old 04.28.2009, 03:44 PM   #127
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8. Malibu Gas Station- Opening melody reminds me of the snow levels in Donkey Kong Country. Recent 'Daydream Nation' touring definitely influenced this one.

Haha how cool I want to hear this now
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Old 04.28.2009, 03:44 PM   #128
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AHAHAHA this made my day
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Old 04.28.2009, 03:49 PM   #129
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so, if i haven't pre-ordered the album, is it still possible to hear the stream?

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Old 04.28.2009, 03:50 PM   #130
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It's not really the consensus per se. It's that...SY, for me, breaks down like this:

1. Early/Harsh/Dark=SY EP-EVOL
2. Epic Era=Sister/DDN/Goo
3. Being hounded by Grunge=Dirty/EJSTNS
4. 90s back to form=Washing Machine/1000 Leaves
5. Early 00's finding a new way=NYC/Murray Street
6. Mid 00's losing the way=Sonic Nurse/RR

The Eternal would, on first listen, create a #7. I not going to try to say The Eternal touches #s 1 & 2. But I could say it's the best they've done since Dirty barring Murray Street, "The Diamond Sea" and a few songs from EJSTNS.

Sounds about right. Though I'd call the late 90's period something a bit different than "back to form" because Washing Machine and ATL are nothing like their earlier stuff IMO
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Old 04.28.2009, 03:54 PM   #131
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Old 04.28.2009, 03:55 PM   #132
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Sounds about right. Though I'd call the late 90's period something a bit different than "back to form" because Washing Machine and ATL are nothing like their earlier stuff IMO

True, I couldn't think of anything to call it. "Diamond Sea" just throws everything for a loop...
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Old 04.28.2009, 04:00 PM   #133
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Listening to this right now.. I really like how it does remind me of Rather Ripped, since I'm one of the few who enjoyed that album, but it's also more remniscient of A Thousand Leaves kind of. If not in sound, then in theory: The Eternal seems to combine their prettier and noisier moments, which is why ATL kicks so much ass
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Old 04.28.2009, 04:02 PM   #134
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Sounds about right. Though I'd call the late 90's period something a bit different than "back to form" because Washing Machine and ATL are nothing like their earlier stuff IMO

I'd put 'NYC Ghosts + Flowers' in the same category as 'Washing Machine' and 'A Thousand Leaves.' 'Murray Street' was the departure and beginning of a new period there. And I wouldn't call that period 'losing the way' as a result. Moreso just... derailed exploration of an idea? In which 'The Eternal' forms the next category, but not as a clean break, but as a bridge.
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Old 04.28.2009, 04:07 PM   #135
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Eh "What We Know" seems like they're going through the motions more than anything
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Old 04.28.2009, 04:15 PM   #136
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It pisses me off slightly that it's leaked already, less than one day in; in truth, I bought more for the live LP than to hear it early, but still.

I've only listened to a few tracks. I'm tempted to listen to the whole album, even though I wanted to keep some of it.
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Old 04.28.2009, 04:19 PM   #137
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Old 04.28.2009, 04:26 PM   #138
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Pretty good stuff.
Favorites at the time: Anti-Orgasm, Malibu Gas Station, Walkin Blue, Massage The History.
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Old 04.28.2009, 04:27 PM   #139
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Thunderclap is a LOT better than the preview made it out to sound
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Old 04.28.2009, 04:32 PM   #140
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