Think about what you love about Sonic Youth — the scalding interplay among the band, the tipping-point buildup, the noise. Now strip it all away so all you're left with is the skeletal songs performed on acoustic guitar, violin, and harp. That's pretty much what this solo album from main man Thurston Moore sounds like. Produced by Beck in the same maudlin style as his mopey breakup album Sea Change, Demolished Thoughts makes Moore's voice the focus of its nine songs. But Moore's voice isn't the thing most fans love about Sonic Youth. So you get a set of lazy-day tracks — some good, some endlessly dragging — that casually drift away before they're over. Sonic Youth are rarely this dull. — Michael Gallucci
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