Dinosaur Jr

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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

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