"Tonight I think I'll walk alone. I'll find my soul as I go home"

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Sister (album) by Sonic Youth 

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Sister
Sister by Sonic Youth (1987)
Overall rank: 535th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 483 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1987 (10th)
Top 100 albums of the 1980s (78th)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (535th)

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Sonic Youth bestography

Sister is ranked 3rd best out of 33 albums by Sonic Youth on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Sonic Youth is Daydream Nation which is ranked number 55 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 38,014.

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Members who like this album also like: Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth, Doolittle by Pixies and Loveless by My Bloody Valentine.

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From DeusExMackia 08/16/2018 20:12
A savagely good record.

Sonic Youth's "screw you mom", flannel shirt wearing, ever-so-slightly-edgy teenage phase. More accomplished than previous works, but less monumental and less polished than what would follow, meaning it delivers that rough, bitter taste that made this era of SY so damn good in absolute spades.

It takes time and consideration to be appreciated, but beneath its raw, feedback-driven and strangely subtle overtone is a beautiful creation that strings together the last remains of punk and post-punk, with hints of alt rock and art rock, all of which is brought together in a tumultuous 40-something-minute record. Not an easy album to listen to, but one that - like much of Sonic Youth's discography - is extremely satisfying.
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From Brad1770 07/15/2018 06:05
Loosely based as a concept album inspired by the life and works of science fiction writer Philip K.Dick , Sister is album number 3 in the SY holy 5 (Bad Moon Rising into Evol into Sister into DDN into Goo)

Sister is a masterful release that rightfully received its due critical praise many years after its original release . Tracks such as "Schizophrenia" , "Beauty Lies in the Eye" and "Pacific Coast Highway " are SY classics and among their best pieces in a stellar career

My only criticism would be the inclusion of the Crime cover "Hot Wire My Heart" , it really doesn't fit into the over all flow of the album plus quite frankly down right sucks , I always skip past this track

I will always argue 'Evol' was Sonic Youth's first truly great album , but 'Sister' is just , only just behind it

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From titansaurs28 05/31/2018 23:25
While never painful, the album does not veer into experimentation extreme enough to pay off.
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From LedZep 02/13/2018 16:25
Very noisy and experimental, demands at least several careful listens. Can't say I understand it 100% yet, but I like some individual songs.
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From planetneutral 01/29/2018 14:42
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From Jbalbinolr 11/19/2017 13:59
Great first half, but the second half loses me.
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From PaperVinnie 10/17/2017 18:15
Daydream Nation was the first Sonic Youth album I owned, It's my favorite album and Sonic Youth is my favorite band. But as others have stated; you should probably listen to this album before DDN. DDN is almost undeniably the better album, but this is the album that Sonic Youth finished perfecting their sound, and the blueprints were laid for all their albums that followed. Although I've already said DDN is definitely the better album, this one still lives in it's shadow, and really deserves a lot more credit than it gets.

Essential Tracks: Schizophrenia, (I Got A) Catholic Block, Kotton Krown, White Kross
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From cmoshier 09/09/2017 04:27
Best Tracks: Schizophrenia, Pacific Coast Highway
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From garycottier 06/17/2016 16:16
Sister, is really the last of the earlier more challenging albums. Not quite as good as, EVOL, in my opinion, it still is a very good record. After this LP Sonic Youth would become that slightly more accessible. The end of chapter one, then.
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From Cojo7 03/27/2016 01:48
I would recommend listening to this before Daydream Nation, or you might be a bit underwhelmed. I listened to Daydream and found this a little lacking at first, but it eventually clicked. I still like Daydream a tad more, but this is still a masterpiece and Schizophrenia is better than everything on Daydream in my opinion.
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