Dinosaur Jr.: Farm (2009)


DINOSAUR, JR.
FARM; 2009
JAGJAGUWAR RECORDS
MY RATING: 81/100
I was never THAT into Dinosaur Jr. back in the day. I had good pals that worshipped J. Mascis and all, and I really dug a handful of the tracks on WHERE YOU BEEN, but to me the band seemed awfully one-dimensional, essentially an excuse for an alternative guitar hero to display his sickening guitar prowess. Isn’t that why we had cock rock? As a testament to the power of all-the-fuss, though, I dipped my toes into BEYOND a few months back, and found an exhilirating, fresh, tuneful rock record. Some people said it was all the chemistry of the original lineup getting it back together, but I’d assign the beast’s present winning streak to the wisdom and foresight of middle-age. After a while, the best artists finally figure out what it is they’re really good at. Some then rebel against it; some, however, embrace it. With FARM, the Dinosaur 3 have settled into the suits they wear so well and created one hell of a great rock and roll record AGAIN. I mean, I’ve heard the old stuff, and BUG is a pretty good record, true, but all twelve tracks herein are just so gorgeous and chunky and sludgy that it makes me want to learn to play guitar all over again. “Plans?” “Pieces?” NICE!!! Barlow contributes some fine stuff too, “Imagination Blind” being his best work since BAKESALE. All in all, this one is gloriously visceral, ebbing and flowing in all the right ways. Kudos for selecting a great cover, too.
TRACKS:
1. Pieces (5/5)
2. I Want You To Know (5/5)
3. Ocean in the Way (5/5)
4. Plans (5/5)
5. Your Weather (4/5)
6. Over It (3.5/5)
7. Friends (4.5/5)
8. Said the People (5/5)
9. There’s No Here (3.5/5)
10. See You (4/5)
11. I Don’t Wanna Go There (5/5)
12. Imagination Blind (5/5)

Dinosaur-Jr-FarmDINOSAUR, JR.
FARM; 2009
JAGJAGUWAR RECORDS

MY RATING: 81/100

I was never THAT into Dinosaur Jr. back in the day. I had good pals that worshipped J. Mascis and all, and I really dug a handful of the tracks on WHERE YOU BEEN, but to me the band seemed awfully one-dimensional, essentially an excuse for an alternative guitar hero to display his sickening guitar prowess. Isn’t that why we had cock rock? As a testament to the power of all-the-fuss, though, I dipped my toes into BEYOND a few months back, and found an exhilirating, fresh, tuneful rock record. Some people said it was all the chemistry of the original lineup getting it back together, but I’d assign the beast’s present winning streak to the wisdom and foresight of middle-age. After a while, the best artists finally figure out what it is they’re really good at. Some then rebel against it; some, however, embrace it. With FARM, the Prehistoric 3 have settled into the suits they wear so well and created one hell of a great rock and roll record AGAIN. I mean, I’ve heard the old stuff, and BUG is a pretty good record, true, but all twelve tracks herein are just so gorgeous and chunky and sludgy that it makes me want to learn to play guitar all over again. “Plans?” “Pieces?” NICE!!! Barlow contributes some fine stuff too, “Imagination Blind” being his best work since BAKESALE. FARM is gloriously visceral, ebbing and flowing in all the right ways. Kudos for selecting a great cover, too.

TRACKS:

1. Pieces (5/5)
2. I Want You To Know (5/5)
3. Ocean in the Way (5/5)
4. Plans (5/5)
5. Your Weather (4/5)
6. Over It (3.5/5)
7. Friends (4.5/5)
8. Said the People (5/5)
9. There’s No Here (3.5/5)
10. See You (4/5)
11. I Don’t Wanna Go There (5/5)
12. Imagination Blind (5/5)

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One Response to Dinosaur Jr.: Farm (2009)

  1. djpatroclus says:

    If you’re British and have been waiting for Dinosaur Jr to grace our shores with their new stuff then look no further:

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