The Destroyed Room: B-Sides And Rarities

Album Review of The Destroyed Room: B-Sides And Rarities by Sonic Youth.

Home » Indie » The Destroyed Room: B-Sides And Rarities

The Destroyed Room: B-Sides And Rarities

Sonic Youth

The Destroyed Room: B-Sides And Rarities by Sonic Youth

Release Date: Dec 12, 2006
Record label: Geffen
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

70 Music Critic Score
How the Music Critic Score works

The Destroyed Room: B-Sides And Rarities - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Devoted to the more open-ended rarities that have gathered in Sonic Youth's discography in the decade spanning from Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star to Sonic Nurse, The Destroyed Room serves as a reminder that even the band's sketches and non-album tracks remain fascinating. Pieces like the Murray Street outtake "Fauhemians" and "Campfire," which originally appeared in the 1999 collection At Home with the Groovebox and sounds like static kisses, are great examples of Sonic Youth's ability to make dissonant, weird, and otherwise unexpected sounds feel soothing (something they've done especially well in recent years). Likewise, "Fire Engine Dream," the ten-minute Sonic Nurse-era jam that kicks off The Destroyed Room, is pretty subtle despite its hypnotic fuzz; along with the shimmering sound collage "Loop Cat," it shows that the band's seemingly far-flung experiments are balanced with structure and restraint.

Full Review >>