As Taylor-Taylor describes it, "There are two different approaches to mixing. One is very slick and clean, and Welcome to the Monkey House fits more into that category. Are Sound, however, has a sneakier profile. It seems very lo-fi and earthy, but the fact is, it's extremely precise."
Are Sound is the preferred mix by Warhols guitarist Peter Holmstrom, who claims Monkey House "was not the version I wanted released".
The album received a lukewarm critical reception in comparison to Welcome to the Monkey House. Uncut magazine wrote, "an LP that once raved shamelessly now shuffles, twitchily."The A.V. Club, which praised Monkey House, called this mix "basically a tasteful killjoy. The bass is reduced to human levels, most of the synths are purged and the drums sound thin and trembly. The first Monkey House is full of consistently aggressive hook-mongering; this version is all deliberately becalmed jamming and repetition."