Dinosaur Jr. Unleash The Warm Fuzzies

noah | June 22, 2009 10:00 am

Our look at the closing lines of the week’s biggest new-music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to Dinosaur Jr’s Farm,which arrives in stores tomorrow: • “With Farm coming out around the same time as the first installment in Neil Young’s Archives project, it’s tempting to make a grand statement about Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. as heirs to the Young and Crazy Horse throne. Young’s genius is pretty inimitable, but there is something about this band–the way they mix noisy guitar and punk-ish slam with sugared melodies and faded choruses–that’s Young-worthy. And as long as J, Lou, and Murph keep shooting as high as Farm, they’ll end up with the kind of discography worth buying over and over again.” [Marc Masters, Pitchfork] • “A rarity amongst those who choose to reunite, Dinosaur Jr not only set the standard in terms of musical quality, but they actually make you look forward to what’s going to come next. Bring it on!” [Julian Marszalek, BBC] • “Mascis can still make his guitar squeal a story, and his mumble has never sounded stronger. Lou Barlow, per the blueprint, contributes exactly two solid, Sebadoh-ish songs. Apparently, you can go home again, and it’s still plenty loud and comfortable.” [Josh Modell, Spin] • “But whereas the clash of Mascis’ and Barlow’s songwriting styles on You’re Living All Over Me and Bug solidified in epic pre-grunge tension, Farm paints a picture of a bucolic Dinosaur Jr. Rather than riff on welling turmoil, they thrive on a rare and renewed sense of chemistry and maturity. ” [Chad Radford, Creative Loafing Atlanta]