SONIC YOUTH – ” Sister ” Classic Albums

Posted: July 15, 2016 in MUSIC
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One of the best moments for any music fan is the discovery of a band or artist with a long, rich body of work. In addition to obviously offering tons of music, massive discographies are often stylistically compelling and offer the fodder of debate among friends and fellow music nerds.

However, which record should a new fan start with? Does an artist’s often uncorrupted debut offer the purest example of their sound? Are oft-cited classics the best first step, or do they offer a difficult path for newcomers to tread?

This influential noise rock band is on hold due to the marital separation of frontman Thurston Moore and bassist Kim Gordon. Other than being alt-rock icons, this extremely talented four piece released several fantastic albums of beautiful guitar clanging clamor over their 30-plus career together. Sonic Youth constantly toed the line between accessibility and ambition, which is why starting with 1987’s pre-fame Sister is perhaps the best for newcomers. Sister, released on iconic punk label SST Records, captured the band’s developing knack for melting pop melodies between slabs of abrasive noise rock. Further, Moore’s fascination with hardcore resulted in a full speed ahead energy on several cuts, like punk ravers “I Got A Catholic Block” and “Stereo Sanctity.” Elsewhere, the slow burning punk power ballad “Kotton Krown” remains one of Sonic Youth’s finest recorded moment.

One of the best moments for any music fan is the discovery of a band or artist with a long, rich body of work. In addition to obviously offering tons of music, massive discographies are often stylistically compelling and offer the fodder of debate among friends and fellow music nerds.

However, which record should a new fan start with? Does an artist’s often uncorrupted debut offer the purest example of their sound? Are oft-cited classics the best first step, or do they offer a difficult path for newcomers to tread?

With these questions in mind, we’ve selected one album from eights artists who boast towering, intimidating discographies of at least 13 albums or more. These eight acts are not only enormously prolific, but also fairly consistent, with no single album serving as “the” career definer (sorry Ryan Adams fans). Check out these entry point albums below.

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