Thurston Moore, 'Demolished Thoughts' (Matador)

Demolished Thoughts
Critical Mass
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Label: Matador

by Joe Gross

Awash in sparkling guitars and the occasional odd sound effect, Demolished Thoughts is a noisenik's idea of California dreaming; it's also the acoustic record Sonic Youth fans always knew this vintage psychedelia superfan had in him. The punch line? Even with soul brother Beck at the production helm, these tunes are structured just like recent Youth tuneage -- on "Benediction" and "January," buttery strings sub for feedback roar, guitars strum rather than crunch and, as always, Moore sounds half awake yet totally present.

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