Fresh from his recent purchase of a brand new VW Golf, J Mascis returns with his legendary band to prove that he still knows as much about slacker indie rock as he does about best value family hatchbacks. There's a limited coloured vinyl edition that we presume will be just as popular as Volkswagen's flagship brand.
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- JAG285LP-C1 / Limited indies only PURPLE vinyl LP on Jagjaguwar
- Includes download code
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Like his beloved Volkswagen Golf, J Mascis’s Dinosaur Jr are solid, dependable, possibly a little dull but get the job done. The main issue when listening to this is how to explain to Robin how good the original Dinosaur Jr sounded back in the ‘80s? Well time changes everything and whereas they then sounded groundbreaking and visceral, they now sound archaic but charmingly so.
Although their post-reformation records are solid, if you think these live up to or even better their original output you need your head examining. Dinosaur records these days are more of a three chord trudge through classic rock than some pre grunge weird chord noise experiment with pop. They’ve always had their scent of guy rock about them but they now sound like they could get on the cover of ‘Classic Rock’ mag without too many people getting upset. The first two tracks here are killer. Both ‘Goin’ Down’ and ‘Tiny’ would fit snugly on a best of, full of slashing guitar motifs and energy that belies their years. After that though we are reliant on whatever riffs Mascis finds when he opens the cupboard of a morning and a sense that as long as they sound like Dinosaur Jr everything is ok.
And invariably it is, ‘I Told Everyone’ has an almost Byrdsy jangle to it that also recalls Bob Mould’s later work. As usual Mascis plays about a billion solos that strangely never bother me - it’s just what he does. Lou Barlow gets his obligatory two tracks - 45% more plaintive than Mascis songs and half way through the second side I start to get a bit bored.
But this is no disaster, it sounds like Dinosaur Jr doing Dinosaur Jr. It will please fans and perhaps make you want to go to see them in concert. The old magic hasn’t completely deserted them but there are few actual real life thrills.
9/10 Greg B. Customer review, 3rd February 2017
Now entering their third decade, Dinosaur Jr. continues to advance their guitar-driven sound that has remained consistent since the late-80s. On ‘Give A Glimpse…’, the band has kept its aesthetic, but it keeps twisting it into new shapes. It might be their most personal album to date, and it’s as impressive and lasting as anything the band has made before. It’s fair to say they’ve played their part in shaping the fundamentals of indie rock, and for the time being, seems content on just melting people’s faces when they get the chance.
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