Sonic Nurse

Sonic Nurse
Studio album by Sonic Youth
Released June 8, 2004
Recorded July 2003 – February 2004
Genre Alternative rock
Length 62:48
Label Geffen / Interscope
Producer Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth chronology
In the Fishtank 9
Sonic Nurse
SYR6: Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui
Singles from Sonic Nurse
  1. "Mariah Carey and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Unmade Bed"
    Released: 2004

Sonic Nurse is the 13th album by Sonic Youth, released on June 7, 2004. The cover art was made by renowned artist Richard Prince from his Nurse Paintings series. Furthermore, one of Prince's photographic creations in this series is entitled "Dude Ranch Nurse" which is also the name of a song on this record.

"Pattern Recognition" is based on the 2003 William Gibson novel of the same name. They have used Gibson's work as influence before, notably on a few tracks from Daydream Nation.

"Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream" was previously released as "Mariah Carey and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream" on the first Narnack Buddy Series 7".

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars 2004-06-24
Entertainment Weekly (A-) 2004-06-11
The Guardian 3/5 stars 2004-06-04
Mark Prindle 7/10 stars link
Metacritic (77/100) link
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10) 2004-06-07
Prefix (8.0/10) 2004-06-08
Robert Christgau (A-) link
Tiny Mix Tapes 3/5 stars link


Track listing

All songs written and composed by Sonic Youth

No. Title Length
1. "Pattern Recognition" (lyrics/vocals Gordon) 6:33
2. "Unmade Bed" (lyrics/vocals Moore) 3:53
3. "Dripping Dream" (lyrics/vocals Moore) 7:46
4. "Mariah Carey and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream" (lyrics Sonic Youth, vocals Gordon) 4:51
5. "Stones" (lyrics/vocals Moore) 7:06
6. "Dude Ranch Nurse" (lyrics/vocals Gordon) 5:44
7. "New Hampshire" (lyrics/vocals Moore) 5:12
8. "Paper Cup Exit" (lyrics/vocals Ranaldo, background vocals Moore) 5:55
9. "I Love You Golden Blue" (lyrics/vocals Gordon) 7:02
10. "Peace Attack" (lyrics/vocals Moore) 6:10

Bonus tracks

No. Title Length
11. "Kim Chords" (UK & Japan bonus track) 5:59
12. "Beautiful Plateau" (Japan bonus track) 3:08
  • Both tracks are also available on The Destroyed Room: B-Sides and Rarities

Album charts

Year Album Chart Position
2004 Sonic Nurse Norwegian Albums Chart 21
Belgium Albums Chart 23
French Albums Chart 41
Italian Albums Chart 50
Irish Albums Chart 53
US Billboard Top 200 64
German Albums Chart 89


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