Dinosaur Jr - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not
Dinosaur Jr are back. Let's face facts - in 2016 it is remarkable that there's a new Dinosuar Jr album to go ape over. After all, the original line-up of the band (J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph) only recorded three full albums during their initial run in the 1980s. Everyone was gob-smacked when they reunited in 2005. Even more so when they opted to stay together, as they have for 11 years now (on and off). And with the release of 'Give a Glimpse Of What Yer Not', this trio redivisus has released more albums in the 21st Century than they did in the 20th. It's enough to make a man take a long, thoughtful slug of maple-flavoured bourbon and count some lucky stars. The songs on 'Give a Glimpse' were recorded over the past year or so, again at Amherst's Bisquiteen Studio (located in a secret nook of J's basement). The sound is great and roaring with J's various bleeding-ear psychedelic guitar touches oozing their way into the smudge-pop modeling, while Murph's drums pound like Fred Flintstone's feet, and Lou's bass weaves back and forth between proggy melodicism and post-core thug-hunch. With all the insanity that is stalking the Earth in 2016, it's nice to have something to rely on. Who'd've dare to think it'd be Dinosaur Jr?