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BMRA-Round 1-Daydream Nation vs. Throwing Copper

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Which one?

Poll ended at Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:47 pm

Daydream Nation
11
38%
Throwing Copper
18
62%
 
Total votes : 29

BMRA-Round 1-Daydream Nation vs. Throwing Copper

Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:47 pm

Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation
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Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

By refining the song-oriented breakthroughs of Sister and developing their fascination with noise and alternate tunings, Sonic Youth created a masterpiece of post-punk art rock with the double-album Daydream Nation. Though the self-conscious sprawl of the album might appear self-indulgent on the surface, Daydream Nation is powered by a sustained vision, one that encapsulates all of the group's quirks and strengths. Alternating between tense, hypnotic instrumental passages and furious noise explosions, the music demonstrates a range of emotions and textures, and in many ways, it's hard not to listen to the record as one long piece of shifting dynamics. But the songs themselves are remarkable, from the anti-anthem of "Teen Age Riot" and the punky "Silver Rocket" to the hazy drug dreams of "Providence" and the rolling waves of "Eric's Trip." Daydream Nation demonstrates the extent to which noise and self-conscious avant art can be incorporated into rock, and the results are nothing short of stunning.

Live's Throwing Copper
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Review by Gina Boldman

On Throwing Copper, Live tightened their sound, added crashing crescendos for dramatic effect, and injected some anger into their sound and songwriting. They also eased up a bit on the Eastern philosophy; the result is a more cohesive, memorable record overall, and quite an improvement from the sometimes overly precious Mental Jewelry. And for all of Mental Jewelry's ideologies, Throwing Copper is ultimately a more passionate and successful album, thanks to tracks like "I Alone," "Selling the Drama," and "All Over You," all of which received heavy radio play. The rebirth-themed "Lightning Crashes," the album's biggest hit, was written in memory of Barbara Lewis, a classmate who was killed by a drunk driver in 1993. Other standouts include the Kurt Cobain/Courtney Love-inspired "Stage," the apocalyptic "White, Discussion," the bass-driven, obsessive "Iris," and the dark "Dam at Otter Creek." Of course, Ed Kowalczyk couldn't resist throwing in a song like "T.B.D." (for the Tibetan Book of the Dead), based on Aldous Huxley's slow descent into death, aided by heroin. Its melodrama is a bit much, even for Live, and is just a sign of things to come on their next album, Secret Samadhi. But Throwing Copper is still a huge improvement from Mental Jewelry, and is the least overtly preachy Live album to date.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:48 pm

never really enjoyed Sonic Youth while Throwing Copper was one of my favorite album. It probably shouldn't be on a lot of greatest album lists, but it was an enjoyable cd
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Postby Another Blown Save » Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:03 am

Daydream Nation ;-D
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Postby davidmarver » Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:12 am

"Teen Age Riot" made me want to throw copper at that whole band. Throwing Copper it is.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:44 am

wow, I am not a big live fan but Daydream Nation is one of the greatest albums of the 80s, possibly of the rock era. Amazing record, if you have not checked it out, go download the sucker somewhere immediately. I could blather about it all night...
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Postby BritSox » Wed Dec 20, 2006 7:12 am

Hmmm. Sonic Youth albums are very important and accomplished, but just not that much fun. Not sure here. Might abstain.
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Postby Callahan » Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:27 am

Gotta go with Daydream Nation. Possibly the best record from an outstanding band.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:09 am

Easily Throwing Copper for me. Lightning Crashes made my skin crawl the first couple times I heard it.
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:13 am

i think i've only heard one Sonic Youth song in my life, so sorry, Throwing Copper it is
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Postby Coppermine » Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:05 pm

Gotta go with Throwing Cu ;-D
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