Sister (studio album) by Sonic Youth

Sister by Sonic Youth
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 502nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 590 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1987 (8th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (70th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (502nd)
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Sonic Youth bestography

Sister is ranked 3rd best out of 35 albums by Sonic Youth on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Sonic Youth is Daydream Nation which is ranked number 64 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 20,590.

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Sister track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 590 votes)
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04/13/2022 22:15 Jamie  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 71465/100
 
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.7/100, a mean average of 79.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.4.

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70/100
From 02/15/2022 09:15
Too Sonic Chaos for my morning mood.
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90/100
From 01/03/2022 22:28
some hard hitting bangers and extremely good pacing. Might just be might favorite SY album.
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100/100
From 11/28/2020 17:09
I prefer this to Daydream Nation actually. This is as close to perfect noise rock ever got. The best Sonic Youth album
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From 04/22/2020 21:04
Sonic Youth's second best album. Only surpassed by Daydream Nation.
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95/100
From 04/20/2020 23:00
Great album. Don't know why it took me 7 years after hearing Dirty and Goo to listen to this, but I'm glad I eventually did. Schizophrenia is a noise rock anthem.
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95/100
From 06/26/2019 19:40
Good album, a little too much filler.
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90/100
From 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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Rating:  
80/100
From 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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80/100
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From 05/31/2018 23:25
While never painful, the album does not veer into experimentation extreme enough to pay off.
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85/100
From 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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