Dinosaur Jr - Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not LP

(Jagjaguwar, 2016)

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“The guitar splatter of Dinosaur Jr. is one of the most instantly recognizable sounds of the early-‘90s alt-rock boom. But even given the influence of the trio’s sticky noise-smooches, few of their successors have ever pushed a distortion pedal as well. Now deep into their surprising second tenure — returning for their fourth new LP since 2007, after taking a near-decade off — the band’s as unstoppable on 11th album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not as frontman J Mascis’ infinitely grey hair.

Opener “Goin’ Down” greets you with the lumbering zeal of a golden retriever. Its noggin-gripping hook and incessant rhythm (continuing their patented trick of conjuring hardcore’s oomph despite never actually being punk) duel with Mascis’ unmistakable drawl. And then “Tiny” does it even better, a lost Partridge Family hit thick with Lou Barlow’s bass bobbing up and down, before one of those Mascis solos comes flying in like your favorite uncle walking through the screen door at a 4th of July barbecue. At this point it’s apparent Mascis can whip up knockouts like this in his long afternoon slumbers, so calling it one of Dinosaur’s best-ever pop ditties is saying something.” - Eric Davidson for SPIN