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J Mascis's new solo offering is quite a... dare I say restrained affair. Gone (but not forgotten) are the usual traits that I would usually associate with the Big J...or Jizzy M if you're feeling Hitman & Her about it. Like dressing like somone who's just walked backwards through a grunge wardrobe (sez me..I'm still flexing the classic long sleeved thermal undershirt and T-shirt look made famo ...

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Several Shades of Why by J Mascis
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8/10 Dave Staff review, 09 March 2011

J Mascis's new solo offering is quite a... dare I say restrained affair. Gone (but not forgotten) are the usual traits that I would usually associate with the Big J...or Jizzy M if you're feeling Hitman & Her about it. Like dressing like somone who's just walked backwards through a grunge wardrobe (sez me..I'm still flexing the classic long sleeved thermal undershirt and T-shirt look made famous by the Chris Cornell in "Singles".) and his eschewing of the blazing lead guitar riffs that endeared him to me and countless other wusses the world over. It's a collection of tender cuts, almost all played on an acoustic guitar, did I hear a twelve string there?? I reckon soooo. It is a Mascis record, his voice is still as Neil Young ish as ever but things have been toned down. It's also totally drum free, which isn't that much of a bad thing... I guess you have to let songs breathe somtimes. The last thing you want on an acoustic almost folk record is some Darsch throwing drum patterns all over the shop. Each song is played with utmost tenderness and sensitivity. It's a bit "My So Called Life", you can imagine loads of grungy teens navel gazing each other to death. My favourite track so far is the beautiful "Where Are You" it's a sweet song and its very moving. A great if subdued offering.




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