Murray Street (album)

Murray Street (album)
Murray Street
Studio album by Sonic Youth
Released June 25, 2002
Recorded August 2001 – March 2002
Genre Alternative rock
Length 45:37
53:11 (Japan CD)
Label DGC / Interscope
Producer Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth chronology
NYC Ghosts & Flowers
Murray Street
In the Fishtank 9

Murray Street is the twelfth album by Sonic Youth. It was released in 2002. It was the first album by the group to feature Jim O'Rourke as an official fifth member.

Members of noise improv group Borbetomagus appear on "Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style". The young blonde haired girl to the right on the album's cover is Coco Hayley Gordon Moore, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's daughter.

The back cover features a photograph of an office building on the west corner of Murray Street and West Broadway near Ground Zero in Manhattan. The address is 75 Park Place. Sonic Youth's studio between 1996 and 2006 was called Echo Canyon and it was located on Murray Street.



Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Blender 4/5 stars link
Mark Prindle 7/10 stars link
Pitchfork Media (9.0/10) 6/26/2002
Robert Christgau (2 star Honorable Mention)(2 star Honorable Mention)(3 star Honorable Mention) link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars link

Pitchfork Media placed Murray Street at number 108 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[1]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Sonic Youth

No. Title Length
1. "The Empty Page" (lyrics/vocals Moore, background vocal Ranaldo) 4:20
2. "Disconnection Notice" (lyrics/vocals Moore) 6:24
3. "Rain on Tin" (lyrics/vocals Moore)
(Track 4 on vinyl LP)
4. "Karen Revisited" (lyrics/vocals Ranaldo)
(Track 3 on vinyl LP)
5. "Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style" (lyrics/vocals Moore, background vocal Gordon) 4:27
6. "Plastic Sun" (lyrics Moore, vocals Gordon) 2:14
7. "Sympathy for the Strawberry" (lyrics/vocals Gordon) 9:06
Total length:

Japan CD bonus track:

No. Title Length
8. "Street Sauce"   7:34
Total length:

Album charts

Year Album Chart Position
2002 Murray Street Official Norwegian Albums Chart No. 16
2002 Murray Street Official French Albums Chart No. 48
2002 Murray Street Official Austrian Albums Chart No. 52
2002 Murray Street Official German Albums Chart No. 63
2002 Murray Street Official Irish Albums Chart No. 67
2002 Murray Street Official UK Albums Chart No. 77
2002 Murray Street Billboard Top 200 No. 126


  • All songs by Sonic Youth: Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke
  • Published by Sonik Tooth (BMI) and Field Code Music (BMI)
  • Recorded and mixed by Jim O'Rourke @ Echo Canyon, NYC, August 2001-March 2002
  • Assistant Engineer: Aaron Mullan
  • Produced by Sonic Youth
  • Mastered by John Golden
  • Horns on "Radical Adults": Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich
  • Cover photo: Monique Voorhout, "Stella and Coco in Hoofdplaat, 2001"
  • Band/fan photos: Stefano Giovannini
  • Tray card photos: Thurston Moore
  • Art direction: Frank Olinsky


Preceded by
Vespertine by Björk
The Wire's Record of the Year
Succeeded by
Cuckooland by Robert Wyatt

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