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Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond Vinyl LP (Out Of Stock) - direct audio

Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond Vinyl LP (Out Of Stock)

Fat Possum Records

  • $ 1998

Dinosaur Jr. Beyond Vinyl LP

Since bassist Lou Barlow left Dinosaur Jr. in 1989, the band--whose last record was 1997's expansive Hand It Over--has largely become an alter-ego moniker for guitarist/vocalist J Mascis. But now the original trio (including drummer Emmett Murph Murphy) has reunited for the first time since Barlow's split, and the 11-song outcome makes one ask: Why did they wait so long?

Mascis's thunderous Almost Ready, featuring both his combustible guitar and weary vocals, is the perfect blast-off, allowing Murphy's backbeat to set a turbulent pace early, and while songs like Been There All the Time and the Neil Young accolade This Is All I Came to Do have Mascis as primed as ever, Barlow (whose '90s-era Sebadoh set the bar for lo-fi bands) reappears with two of the record's strongest tracks: the poppy Lightning Bulb and Back to Your Heart, which recalls late-in-the-game Hüsker Dü.

These 50 minutes of music are as cohesive as they are conquering, and whether the same can be said of the once-prickly relationship between Mascis and Barlow will ultimately decide if this is a one-off reunion or if the real Dinosaur Jr. is back for awhile.

Dinosaur Jr. Beyond Track Listing

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

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