Sister (album) by Sonic Youth

Sister by Sonic Youth
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 517th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 533 votes)
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Sister is ranked 3rd best out of 33 albums by Sonic Youth on

The best album by Sonic Youth is Daydream Nation which is ranked number 66 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 22,377.

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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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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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From 06/26/2019 19:40
Good album, a little too much filler.
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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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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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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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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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From 11/19/2017 13:59
Great first half, but the second half loses me.
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From 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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