Ah, Sonic Youth. They have been many things over the years, as you well know, but accessible has not usually been high on the list of words that would best describe them. For fans, their prolific history has been a boon, and for the collectors among those legions, searching out the more obscure tracks has indeed been challenging.
Fortunately for the rest of us, Destroyed Room collects a lot of songs that we would not have otherwise heard. In all their glory, here we have experimental fuzz-noise instrumentals, tuneful b-sides that really should have been on an album, somewhere, before now, and all those jangly, senses-jarring experiences that only Sonic Youth can successfully provide.
Only the hardcore fans will play this one with any sort of regularity, but then again the same could probably be said of most of their albums. Amazingly, most of the songs here stand well with and up against each other, somehow crafting a cohesive-sounding album out of songs recorded at different times and for different projects.
We expect no less from these pop-punk-noise pioneers. Of course, knowing how many off-tracks and rare things are probably out there somewhere, the band could likely (and hopefully will, someday) release a boxed-set of at least 4 or 5 whole discs of highlights from their various projects. But I’m sure not complaining that this record is a single disc. Not in the least. It’s yummy, indeed.