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Beyond [Dinosaur Jr.]

  • 1. Almost Ready
    2. Crumble
    3. Pick Me Up
    4. Back to Your Heart
    5. This Is All I Came to Do
    6. Been There All the Time
    7. It's Me
    8. We're Not Alone
    9. I Got Lost
    10. Lightning Bulb
    11. What If I Knew
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10812

  • Credits
    ProducerJ Mascis; J Mercis
    EngineerJustin Pizzoferrato; John Agnello; Justin

    Composer: J Mercis.
    Audio Mixer: John Agnello.
    Recording information: Bisquiteen, Amherst, MA (2006).
    Photographer: Philipp Virus.
    As one of the seminal college-rock bands of the late '80s/early '90s, Dinosaur Jr. definitively bridged the gap between the musical mindsets of '80s "alternative" and '90s "indie." Along the way, they influenced scads of young slackers wielding fuzzy guitars and moldy Neil Young albums. The recordings around which the band's legend largely revolves (GREEN MIND, YOU'RE LIVING ALL OVER ME, BUG) epitomized the slacker-rock aesthetic through J. Mascis's laid-back drawl and the band's Crazy Horse-meets-Replacements attack. After bassist Lou Barlow split for Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr. attained more commercial success before falling apart, the final album popping out in 1997. A decade later, Mascis and Barlow reunited for a tour that led to the recording of BEYOND.
    While the post-Barlow Dinosaur albums found Mascis pushing the edges of the group's original stylistic template, BEYOND is a resounding return to form. The crunching guitars and whomping rhythm section move as one, hammering out simple, forceful riffs and rhythms that evoke the band's glory days. The proceedings are invested with so much energy that even the notoriously laconic-sounding Mascis sounds hopped up on the excitement of rediscovery the magic and electricity that made Dinosaur Jr. special from the beginning.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "From the swirling haze of 'Almost Ready' to the electrocuted folk of 'Lightning Bulb,' even the production of BEYOND sounds plucked from the trio's BUG heyday."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.68) - "[With] J Mascis' guitar as blistering as ever and the group's considerable energy undiminished." -- Grade: B+
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Given that the core Dino signature has seeped into alt-rock's basic vocabulary, this exercise feels inimitable rather than dated..."
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