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  • Summary: The five-track release features rare and unreleased improvised songs from Sonic Youth between 2000 and 2010.
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  1. May 18, 2022
    It’s Sonic Youth at its most psychedelic, though not in the flower power sense that term can evoke. It’s fitting that during this period, they once headlined the Terrastock Festival, which highlights neo-psychedelic underground artists from all over the world.
  2. Mar 23, 2022
    While this collection is certainly no “lost” album due to its decade-long overview and the attention it gives to Sonic Youth’s more experimental side, Three Lobed has curated something that feels purposeful.
  3. Mar 17, 2022
    In/Out/In feels less like a random collection of toss-offs and more like a lost Sonic Youth album before everyone figured out who would sing each track.
  4. Mar 24, 2022
    Sonic Youth were always a very social band—supporting fellow musicians, self-releasing records with fans in mind, and generally making people feel part of an informal club that the four members provided a soundtrack for. In that sense, In/Out/In is as Sonic Youth as it gets.
  5. The Wire
    Mar 30, 2022
    The six loose, expansive tracks on this collection offer a glimpse into the more convivial domestic recording scenario the band were enmeshed in at that time. Free from the need to shape these ideas into conventional structures you hear the band at their most Can-like. [Mar 2022, p.52]
  6. Mar 17, 2022
    In/Out/In, a collection of five rare and unreleased tracks from the band’s final decade, isn’t going to change anyone’s minds about Sonic Youth. If anything, this decidedly lo-fi affair only reinforces what listeners likely already know: that the group could pivot easily between lovely little compositions and shrieking avant-garde noise that is practically anti-music in its deconstructionist tendencies.
  7. Mar 18, 2022
    In/Out/In isn’t a “new” album by any means so much as tracks that remained underdeveloped or unfinished at the time. ... [Basement Contender is] easily the gem here and provides a tantalising glimpse of what might have been still to come.

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