The Destroyed Room: B-Sides And Rarities Image
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  • Summary: Not the most accessible (sound-wise) of Sonic Youth's releases, this 11-track disc compiles some of the least accessible (availability-wise) of the band's obscure recordings, which have been remastered.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 91
    An impeccably selected hodgepodge.
  2. Each track offers something worthwhile, yet none raises any question as to why it ended up here.
  3. The Destroyed Room is a creative -- and quintessentially Sonic Youth -- approach to the rarities and B-sides comp.
  4. Fans and casual enthusiasts will no doubt be bewildered by the extra experimental outings of an already daunting band--but for completists, this is the last word.
  5. 60
    This largely instrumental set is a nicely ambient version of their usual hellacious harmonics, but also a reminder how the band have attained creative control on a major label. [Feb 2007, p.85]
  6. 60
    Some of the tracks sound pretty tossed-off, but it's nice to hear such a brainy bunch not overthinking things. [Feb 2007, p.86]
  7. Track after track in an aimless blur of humming amps, pointless mucking about with effects, dreary jams propelled by meandering guitar interplay, and bleak, endless droning.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7