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Sonic Youth
The Destroyed Room: B-sides and Rarities
Geffen Records
www.sonicyouth.com


Guitar-noise masters and unconventional melody-makers Sonic Youth have returned once again for your ear-bleeding pleasure. This time, it's with The Destroyed Room: B-Sides And Rarities, which follows up 2006' Rather Ripped and offers an insightful look into the creative process over the years of one of rock n' roll's greatest bands of the last 20 years. The Destroyed Room catches Sonic Youth on a Wednesday night, drinking beers and working out ideas. True to Sonic Youth formula, (or lack of formula), it opens up with 'Fire Engine Dream,' a 10-minute instrumental of panic-filled noise, and is followed up by 'Fauxhemians,' another long jam, although a bit more pleasant.

The album is hit and miss, as are most b-side releases. It's not until after the extremely annoying 'Razor Blade,' in which it seems Kim Gordon is making stuff up as she records, do we hear anything of real substance. Call it improv if you will. I called it annoying. That being said, Kim makes up for it on the next track with the wonderful 'Blink.' "My body moves / It goes without me... I blink, you die / Cause you believe in what I can't see." 'Campfire' is a really cool electronic song, which conjures up the sounds of a crackling fire, insects, birds, and shooting stars. 'Loop Cat' has a very science fictionary, ambient, down-tempo feel to it. 'Kim's Chords' is another instrumental jam, but a bit more traditional in the way of Sonic Youth, with chaotic repetition giving way to changes in beat and feel.

A few more instrumentals further and the album closes with two gems. 'Queen Anne Chair' and the epic 25-minute 'The Diamond Sea' are delightfully signature sounding Sonic Youth. The former is a noisy guitar pop song that gets your heart and fist pumping. The latter is an absolutely beautiful psychedelic walk through the city with the uncut version from the earlier Washing Machine release. As classical music has shown us, although the original was 19 minutes, a great song can be enjoyed continuously and added upon. Classical, no. Classic Sonic Youth, hell yeah!

-Leeny

Track Listing:
1. Fire Engine Dream
2. Fauxhemians
3. Razor Blade
4. Blink
5. Campfire
6. Loop Cat
7. Kim's Chords
8. Beautiful Plateau
9. Three-Part Sectional Love Seat
10. Queen Anne Chair
11. The Diamond Sea

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