I Bet On Sky (CD)


Dinosaur Jr.

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Brad Schelden, Hollywood 12/07/2012

This is probably the oldest band on my Top 50 of 2012 list! This is their tenth album and they have been putting out albums since the mid '80s. I didn't really get into them until the early '90s. And I honestly have not really listened to most of their new albums after 1994. But this album made me so happy. I was happy to have them back in my life. And happy that they had made another great album. This is very much a Dinosaur Jr. album. There is no mistaking that voice of J Mascis.


09/18/2012

Dinosaur Jr. have been on a tear since reuniting in 2005, releasing now three albums, rather than touring just on old hits. Whereas Beyond and Farm seemed intent on creating the same sort of body-realigning noise of their older albums, I Bet on Sky highlights the band’s more sensitive material. “Can I walk alone? … How far should I go?” J Mascis sings on the beguiling “Stick a Toe In,” a striking reminder that Mascis is as strong a songwriter as he is a shredder. “Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know” uses its guitars to texture a song-first composition, while “I Know it So Well” surprises with bluesy swagger and wah-wah guitar fun. A wonderful addition to the newly reformed Dino Jr. on this album, too, is the return of Lou Barlow as a songwriter and singer for the band, turning in a couple of the album’s most tuneful tracks, “Rude” and “Recognition.” They still unload plenty of guitar noise, like on the solos of “Watch the Corners,” but I Bet the Sky is also a nicely rounded album and shows there’s more to Dinosaur Jr. than guitar theatrics.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Don't Pretend You Didn't Know
Dinosaur Jr. 05:31
2.
Watch the Corners
Dinosaur Jr. 05:00
3.
Almost Fare
Dinosaur Jr. 04:52
4.
Stick A Toe In
Dinosaur Jr. 05:22
5.
Rude
Dinosaur Jr. 02:50
6.
I Know It Oh So Well
Dinosaur Jr. 04:42
7.
Pierce the Morning Rain
Dinosaur Jr. 02:45
8.
What Was That
Dinosaur Jr. 05:27
9.
Recognition
Dinosaur Jr. 03:51
10.
See It On Your Side
Dinosaur Jr. 06:39

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