Yes but at least pulseaudio seems easy enough to turn your back on. If you have a lowend system or just no tolerance for errors, you can rip out pulseaudio easily enough.
That doesn't seem to be the case.
I wish I could say that about systemd but that doesn't seem to be the case. It even violates that design aspect of Unix.
The real problem is that nothing was broken before. So the absolute best you can hope for is "it didn't break things".