March 22, 2011

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World Premiere: Thurston Moore's Beautiful 'Benediction' (Stephen Thompson, March 22, 2011, NPR)

Thurston Moore has nothing to prove. At this point, his band Sonic Youth is three decades into the career Kurt Cobain coveted at Nirvana's peak: a just-right mixture of experimentation, success and artistic freedom. Moore is married to his bandmate Kim Gordon, with whom he makes everything from off-kilter pop songs to jagged noise freak-outs, and he gets to make the occasional solo record, on which he can indulge or rein in his impulses at will. [...]

A glorious bit of Velvet Underground-esque balladry, "Benediction" moves elegantly through five minutes of subtle, gentle grace, propelled sure-handedly by Samara Lubelski's exquisite violin. As its title suggests, the song addresses the way lovers plea for security and constancy from each other; for a connection that can never succumb to betrayal or loss. "Benediction" unfolds like a prayer, but when Moore sings, "I know better than to let her go," he knows he can only speak for what he can control.

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