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Album Review

Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not


Honed to perfection.

Released: 5th August 2016

Rating: ★★★★

It’s a sign of a great album that it instantly feels like you’ve heard every song, every riff, every solo, countless times before and it’s immediately embedded in your head. It feels like you could say that about every Dinosaur Jr album since their late 80s breakthrough yet their eleventh record, ‘Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not’ succeeds in making an age old formula sound as fresh and stirring as ever.

All the classic Dinosaur Jr sounds are in place right from the opening blast of ‘Goin’ Down’ and it’s instantly addictive riff. The album is honed to perfection. It’s immediately apparent that this is a more focused set than 2012’s wayward ‘I Bet On Sky’.

As usual, the songs are high on melody, punctuated by turbocharged J Mascis solo’s but there’s a charming tenderness at work on bruised, wistful laments like ‘Lost All Day’ that lift them beyond simple punk thrills.

Despite sounding like every Dinosaur Jr album in history (very much a good thing), the album does offer some new sounds and expansive songwriting. The most obvious progression comes from the pen of Lou Barlow who provides the folky ’Love Is’ and the slow burning, yearning epic ‘Left/Right’.

Elsewhere, J Mascis is the focal point as he’s always been. It doesn’t quite matter how many hundreds of J Mascis guitar solos you hear in your life they never sound any less sweet. Pick of the bunch here is the short, sharp exhilaration on rocking single ‘Tiny’.

So, it’s same as it ever was for Dinosaur Jr and you guess that’s pretty much the way everyone wants it to be. When Dinosaur Jr are making classic indie rock flecked with air punching guitar solos then all is good in the world. And that’s sometimes all you need. Martyn Young