Dinosaur Jr: Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not (Jagjaguwar)

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Dinosaur Jr: Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not (Jagjaguwar)

Any band which refined and defined their sound and attitude over three decades ago is bound to have hit a burn-out/overly familiar factor some many years ago.


But . . .

Although Elsewhere has just written a retrospective piece about this musical idea (as much as a band) helmed by J. Mascis, we have to concede this new one sounds as thrillingly noisy, focused and as concisely realised as anything in that vast back-catalogue.

And from the start -- the stuttering guitar rock of the openers Goin Down and Tiny which nod  as much towards AC/DC fans as it does post-grunge rock'n'roll noise --  this one fairly flies out of the cabinets.

Yes, there is the frisson of the familiar alongside the firepower.

But here Mascis and longtime pal-cum-adversary Lou Barlow rack up a bruisingly addictive 45 minutes of raucous pop'n'roll.

These people understand verse-chours/verse-chorus + distortion + volume as much as they do their longtime take on a wired-up version of country-rock (Be A Part) and jangle-pop hot-wired into the overloaded grid (I Told Everyone).

There are breathing spaces amongst the widescreen sonics (Love Is and Left/Right are Barlow's REM-like folk-rock given a nudge into Dino.Cinerama) . . . but the real action happens when this is wound up and wired.

Dinosaur Jr have been a longtime Elsewhere rowdy but melodic pleasure, and this one vindicates that loyalty.

Highly recommended  . . . if you have a decent threshold for pop-rock noise at great volume.

Start with posted track, it's Merseybeat pop with Mascis' skew.

Lovin' this one loud.

And most often louderer. 

Dinosaur Jr is our New Favourite Band.


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