Written By: Filip Teovanovic
Originality: (4.0 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5.0 / 5) Lyrics: (5.0 / 5) Production: (5.0 / 5) Average: (4.8 / 5)
Thirty years of music career, and Dinosaur Jr. still know how to make their fans thrilled. Their last album Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is a subsidiary for my previous claim. With their sound, which is never senescent, Dinosaur Jr have influenced legendary bands such as Pixies and Nirvana, and I wouldn’t lie If I say that they were trailblazers of grunge and alternative rock. What’s important is that the band sounds as vigorous and powerful as they did at the very beginning of their career.
First two songs “Goin Down” and “Tiny” represent an impeccable interplay of sturdy guitars, twee melodies, Mascis’ authentic vocal, and his solo guitar sections we could never get tired off. Both of these songs can easily stand shoulder to shoulder with their grand hit “Freak Scene”. Barlow contributes not only with his unique, distorted, riff-infused style of romping bass guitar, but he is also a great songwriter. “Love is…” and “Left/Right” stand as an evidence for it, and the verses he wrote might be his best ones yet, including everything he had created with the bands Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion.
Although Barlow was the author of few songs on the past albums, now it finally seems like he has come out of Mascis’ shadow. Considering that he was once jettisoned out of the band, it seems like Barlow is finally satisfied with his role in the collective. Recently, he has tweeted a photo of Mascis holding his kid and wrote a caption: “Now that he held my baby, he can not kick me out of band anymore.” Great poets have great sense of humor. Murphis is equally relevant, and he proves it on every single song on the record. Plus, seeing him perform live is one of the Dinosaur Jr’s biggest assets. You can notice a big difference when he is not playing drums on the concert or when he did not participate in recording of an album.
Murph and Barlow seem like an inextricable rhythm construction around which Mascis builds his masterpieces. Mascis is a very reclusive, complex individual who does not like to give interviews. His communication with the world was always more efficient through guitar, verses and solo sections. Melancholy is suffusing over every single track on the album, no matter If we are talking about the explosive “Good To Know”, or almost a lullaby-like “Knocked Around” that invites you into a dream state before you receive a wake up call by a storm of guitars and verses Cause I’m miss you/And I’m lonely/And that’s far enough from our love. I have never heard Mascis’ solo that is not absolutely brilliant.
It is difficult to pick album’s standouts, because the whole material represents the very best of Dinosaur Jr. Personally, they are like a carrot cake to me – I can never get enough of it. Give A Glimpse Of What Yet Not is probably Dinosaur Jr’s most brilliant carrot cake in the past decade.