J Mascis, Several Shades Of Why (2011)
I’ll keep this brief, as should be the way with new albums since this is not a review (by the way, this is a review of J Mascis’ new album, from Pitchfork). I like this album a lot. I’ve been playing it regularly. I bought it pretty much on a whim. I bought it because it exists on vinyl. You see, I was in the shop having a browse and I’m thumbing through the new sleeves and I see J Mascis, Several Shades Of Why, I think I’d read (or more likely skim-read) a review (or more likely part of a review) saying it was good or at least that it was alright or as good as it could/should be. Anyway, I’m staring at the sleeve – really nice artwork, nice packaging, gatefold – and the guy in the shop says, “it’s really good, that. I really enjoyed it. It’s Dinosaur Jr for old people. Which is me”. And I thought that it seemed like a decent sort of a recommendation (and, actually, I was thinking about the “Dinosaur Jr for old people” bit and was thinking that sounds like me too actually) but instead I just asked if it came out on CD too. So that I could skip through the tracks faster and give it a quick demo. I did. And I bought the vinyl. Not the CD. It came (as many vinyl versions do nowadays) with the digital download code (I believe this is the best format). So I’ve been giving it a hoon on the iPod. But mostly listening to the record – it’s purple! J Mascis still sounds more like Neil Young than he does J Mascis. But that’s great. In fact I now not only think that this record sounds like Dinosaur Jr for old people…it also sounds like the record Neil Young should make for his fans but won’t. It also sounds not quite as good as your favourite Dinosaur Jr (for young people) records but way better than the J Mascis + The Fog records that you never bothered buying but thought about when you saw him those times with the loop pedal doing a few token new ones but mostly Get Me and Alone and all the Dino J stuff.
Sample Track: Can I
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