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Dinosaur Jr - Farm

Dinosaur Jr, Farm

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

DINOSAUR Jr were one of a number of bands that reunited amid claims that they were just trying to revisit former glories for a quick fix of cash.

The release of comeback album Beyond went some way to dispelling such fears, however, and now Farm proves that their decision to reunite was about music and continuing to please the fans rather than self-gain at the expense of fans.

Farm is everything you’d expect from the slacker rockers… an album that’s as laidback and stoner sounding as it is graced with epic warped guitar solos, melody, and self-indulgence.

It’s an epic 60-minute, 12-track collection of songs that shows that the old Dinosaur boys are far from becoming extinct yet!

At times wholly 70’s guitar-epic, at other times perfect for sitting by a babbling brook with Joni and Neil, the album encompasses Dinosaur Jr.‘s signature palette – soaring and distorted guitar, unshakable hooks, honey-rich melodies, with songs that get into your head and, bouncing around happily, stay there.

Try listening to See You on a sunny afternoon, while nursing happy memories of the night before, and not feel good about yourself. If you currently get your musical kicks from bands such as Kings of Leon, then this one will mesmerise in just the same fashion. The guitar licks, in particular, are lush… while J Mascis’ gruff vocals have seldom sounded so lived in.

But such moments come in stark contrast to the gargantuan lengths of guitar epics such as I Don’t Wanna Go There (an eight minute plus slice of despair that should really appeal to Pearl Jam followers), or Plans (which clocks in at just under seven minutes).

You could argue – and the non-converted probably will – that the Dinosaur Jr signature sound seldom strays too far from the tree. It’s either slacker/stoned, or grungy and distorted. But hey… everyone’s entitled to an opinion.

But try really listening to some of the guitar work and you can’t help but be mesmerised. I Don’t Wanna Go There, for instance, packs them in and is as muscular and thrilling a track as you’re likely to hear for some time.

The rousing, warped licks of former single Over It are made for stomping along to and are made for giving the stereo speakers a run for their money, while Plans drips with lush riffs that lazily (at first) meander into a song that’s both tender and deeply melodic.

In short, Dinosaur Jr are back with a vengeance and – complete with original line-up – look set to hang around for quite some time yet. If they continue to put out albums as good as this, that’s a very good thing.

Download picks: See You, I Don’t Wanna Go There, Over It, Plans, Pieces, There’s No Here

Track listing:

  1. Pieces
  2. I Want You to Know
  3. Ocean in the Way
  4. Plans
  5. Your Weather
  6. Over It
  7. Friends
  8. Said the People
  9. There’s No Here
  10. See You
  11. I Don’t Wanna Go There
  12. Imagination Blind