Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not Jagjaguwar
SOMEHOW, Dinosaur Jr.’ s unexpected reunion has made the indie- rock heroes stronger than ever.
The biggest development for Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not — the fourth album since the trio of singer- guitarist J. Mascis, singer- bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph rejoined forces in 2005 — is that Dinosaur Jr sounds comfortable together again.
Mascis’ mix of revved- up guitar and laid- back vocals on Goin’ Down shows how the band’s early work influenced current bands like Japandroids. The poptinged rock of Tiny could easily be a Foo Fighters hit until Mascis starts shredding halfway through. In fact, Mascis’ intricate guitar work has such a starring role on Give A Glimpse that the band used a compilation of all his solos on the album as promotion before its release. The grunginess of Mascis’ guitar and Barlow’s bass on I Walk For Miles shows why Dinosaur Jr. is now revered by generations of indie rockers. However, it’s the new risks, like the way the gorgeous Knocked Around goes from a countrified Afghan Whigs beauty to a raging, punk- fueled romp, that make Give A Glimpse so special. Glenn Gamboa/ Newsday/ Tribune News Service