The Destroyed Room: B-Sides And Rarities

  • Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Dec 12, 2006
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 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.
  2. Some of this record is excellent and after all this time they can still sound like four teenagers kicking up a racket in a rehearsal room.
  3. More for the dedicated convert than the curious.
  4. Even when they're abrasive, though, the songs are fascinating for what they show about the band's creative process.
  5. Nonessential stuff, for sure, but worthwhile for anyone interested in hearing old pros kicking back and working out ideas.
  6. Under The Radar
    60
    Often more exciting, edgy and experimental than their recent official work. [#16, p.97]
  7. Uncut
    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]
  8. Spin
    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]
  9. At 11 tracks, it doesn’t exactly famish the vaults, and its instrumental-heavy tracklist prohibits it from being a good newbie recommendation.
  10. The majority of this record meanders along like a fuel-starved express train whose driver has taken an extended lunchbreak; experimental noise follows more experimental noise.
  11. Billboard
    40
    Overall, worth a spin or two, but one hopes there's a better stash left to sample. [16 Dec 2006]
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Joe
    May 24, 2009
    7
    A nice album.
  2. Seeds13
    Feb 9, 2007
    5
    Knowing all too well that the style of Sonic Youth is to just make experimental noise, I expected a 6 out of this record and that's what Knowing all too well that the style of Sonic Youth is to just make experimental noise, I expected a 6 out of this record and that's what it is. Some songs flat out blow to me. Some songs are insanely catchy. But mostly, since some of them gave me a positive charge, it was worth the listen. They'll come up in playlists here and there. Worth nothing more, nothing less. Full Review »
  3. rodolfos
    Dec 19, 2006
    9
    Casi es un disco perfecto