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Sando -
80
Whilst ‘Nurture’ is no doubt messy and rough around the edges, there’s a definite beauty in the sensitivity and vulnerability communicated through both the lush instrumental tracks and the grand singles. There’s warm humanity and avid passion in these electronics, two elements which give Robinson’s music such life
Sando -
40
Aside from “Bull in the Heather”, there aren’t too many other moments on here worth noting. I understand that the band wanted to move away from radio-friendly music by removing the hooks, but what I can’t understand is why a band would do such a thing and not inject a new point of interest. Where’s the crushing noise? Dynamic vocal performances? Intricate guitar play? Experimental arrays of foreign sounds and unorthodox instruments? It’s completely absent of ... read more
Sando -
65
Whilst it’s far from their best work, ‘NYC Ghosts & Flowers’ is an unfairly hated-on record from Sonic Youth. Generally, it’s quite a pleasing listen, with some of their most avant-garde ideas and most formless song structure of their career. As wallpaper, it ain’t too shabby, and it’s not unlistenable at all (eyes on you Pitchfork), but it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get a sudden urge to belt one of these songs out.
Sando -
75
Sure, some parts could do with a little freshening up, but Florence Shaw’s humorously colloquial and bizarrely surreal lyrics and deliveries are more than enough to keep you entertained for over 40 minutes. Imagine Courtney Barnett mixed with a sprinkling of Sleaford Mods and seasoned with a teaspoon of Sonic Youth
Sando -
80
Don’t even bother trying to get over the language barrier (if you’re a non-French speaker, of course) - I wouldn’t bother learning a new language just for the sake of an album, personally - just indulge yourself in 70 minutes of freewheeling, boundless art pop

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70-79
 
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50-59
 
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