Dinosaur Jr - Hand It Over LP
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Released 25th August 2014.
Dinosaurs bedrock sound still hasnt changed - its still a sprawling, electric mess of hard rock filtered through folk-rock song structures - but Mascis plays with the arrangements, adding strings, trumpets, and on a handful of tracks, My Bloody Valentines slippery guitar orchestrations and vocals (Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher both sing on the album). These addition make the music sound fresh, but they would only be window dressing if Mascis songs werent as strong a they are.
The opener, I Dont Think, leads off with a thunderous, bass-driven boom enveloping a falsetto vocal, then lapses into a wistful folky chorus. Alone is a three-chord feedback masterpiece which is the closest clone of Neil Young ever recorded by Mascis (and thats not a slight; its brilliant in its own right). A firm favorite is Loaded, with its agonized, gut-twisting vocal and chainsaw guitar line. Getting Rough is played on a banjo and might be taken as Js reflection on - and farewell to - Dinosaur Jr.
With almost every track, Mascis has worked the song structure, vocals and instrumentation to their most intriguing possibilities.