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Thurston Moore

  • Psychic Hearts [DGC, 1995] *
  • Trees Outside the Academy [Ecstatic Peace!, 2007] *
  • Demolished Thoughts [Matador, 2011] A-
  • The Best Day [Matador, 2014] **
  • Rock and Roll Consciousness [Caroline, 2017] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Psychic Hearts [DGC, 1995]
bosser tunes than Free Kitten--bosser guitar, too ("Queen Bee and Her Pals," "Ono Soul") *

Trees Outside the Academy [Ecstatic Peace!, 2007]
Nicely discordant as Samara Lubelski's violin is, it ain't Kim or Lee, much less both ("Wonderful Witches + Language Meanies," "Never Day"). *

Demolished Thoughts [Matador, 2011]
Just like Paul Simon, Moore constructs a singer-songwriter album where the attraction is, of all things, the music. Stranger still, it's the guitar strumming. Just as Moore's tunings sharpen noise-rock intellectually, they tone up pretty-folk physically--as do Samara Lubelski's violin and producer Beck Hansen's synths. The melodies are strong, and Moore's murmur serves them well. But ultimately singer-songwriters are supposed to deliver lyrics, and unlike Simon's, these come with postage due. Beyond "Benediction"'s comfort and "Orchard Street"'s flaming youth, confusion is still sex in Moore's philosophy. For all we can tell, he thinks it's love, too. A-

The Best Day [Matador, 2014]
Mantras-meditations-celebrations-boasts ("Speak to the Wild," "Tape") **

Rock and Roll Consciousness [Caroline, 2017]
Tectonically propulsive riffing signifying besotted erotic enchantment ("Exalted," "Smoke of Dreams") **