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10/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 15th October 2014
Dinosaur Jr's second album is probably the best featuring the original line-up all though the previous self titled album and the follow up to “You’re Living All Over me”, "Bug" are both excellent.
Opening with J Mascis' frantically strummed wah-wah guitar and Lou Barlow's primal howl, "little Fury Things" makes you sit up and listen. "Kracked" hints at J Mascis' ability to write an alt. rock pop song and "Sludgefest" highlights his adoration of 70s metal with its monster riff. "Raisins" is absolutely brilliant, a great chorus, both lyrically and melodically, showing J Mascis' love of pedal stompin’ and talent for writing vague, slacker perfectly metered poetry, “I’ll be down / I’ll be around / I’ll be hanging where eventually you’ll have to be”.
"In A Jar" is simply immense and up there with Dinosaur Jr’s best songs such as “Freak Scene” and guitar behemoth “Start Choppin”. Beginning with Murph’s round-the-kit drum attack comes one J’s best lines, “I’ll be grazin’ by your window/ Come and pat me on the head/I just wanna find out what you’re nice to me for”.
Lou Barlow has two songs on here; the experimental “Poledo” a first glimpse of his now familiar lo-fi acoustic style of songwriting followed by a selection of tape samples, and “Lose” which, although not of the same standard, hints at the great heights he will later reach with Sebadoh.
This reissue also has their marvelous cover of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” tagged on the end. This is an essential slice of North American 80’s alt rock.
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