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Dinosaur Jr. Audio CD
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There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearing "Don't Pretend You Didn't Know" with keyboards, it's clear from the moment he starts his vocals that this is the one and only Dinosaur Jr., long reigning kings of Amherst, Massachusetts (and anywhere else they ... Read more in Amazon's Dinosaur Jr. Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XTRA MILE.
  • ASIN: B008HN05HK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Don't Pretend You Didn't KnowDinosaur Jr 5:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Watch the CornersDinosaur Jr 4:59Album Only
Listen  3. Almost FareDinosaur Jr 4:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stick A Toe InDinosaur Jr 5:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. RudeDinosaur Jr 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Know It Oh So WellDinosaur Jr 4:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pierce The Morning RainDinosaur Jr 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. What Was ThatDinosaur Jr 5:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. RecognitionDinosaur Jr 3:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. See It On Your SideDinosaur Jr 6:390.79  Buy MP3 

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It’s been 27 years and ten studio albums, but Dinosaur Jr show no signs of stopping with I Bet on Sky, the third album to be released since the original trio of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph regrouped in 2005.

BBC Review

Three albums in to the Dinosaur Jr. reformation, and it’s very much as if they’ve never been away. The fractious history of the original three-piece – J Mascis (guitar, vocals), Lou Barlow (bass, vocals) and Murph (drums) – is well-known, but since bygones were allowed to be bygones in 2005, the band appears to have succeeded where other reconstituted bands fail, producing work that is arguably the equal of their 80s heyday.

And so it is with I Bet on Sky. Mascis’ unmistakable cracked croak of a drawl – always understated, sometimes close to a slacker’s croon – meets his riff-laden guitar in a happy synchronicity of soft and strong.

The Barlow/Murph rhythm section rein in the more out-there moments, anchoring See It on Your Side when its guitar solos threaten to overwhelm, while still allowing the at-times astonishing set-pieces on tracks like Pierce the Morning or I Know It So Well to shine through.

A large part of Dinosaur Jr.’s appeal has always been in their successful marrying of heaviosity with a warm, tuneful, almost soulful pop sensibility. This album’s most appealing moments are found in such combinations. Opener Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know’s lovely call-and-response chorus is one, and another comes with the purposeful Watch the Corners.

Better still is the questioning, angst-ridden Suck a Toe In (“Can I go to bed? / Slap me hard instead / Seems like the best way to clear the cobwebs in my head”), endowed with a beauty along with its melancholy courtesy of its melody and – again – the tender vocal delivery. Barlow’s Rude is another highlight: upbeat and to-the-point, this is as close as the band will ever get to a perky folk tune, and much better than that sounds.

That the band’s Awkward Teenager attitude is still in place after all this time – Almost Fare sees out gauche heroes hesitantly trying to approach a girl: “What should I do? (…) Touch her hand”; Watch the Corners contains the eternal adolescent complaint, “It’s never fair” – is in equal part amusing, poignant and admirable. Which serves as a good précis of the appeal of this heroically evolution-resistant band.

--Joseph 'JP' Patterson

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top 28 Sep 2012
By col
Format:Audio CD
liking this muchly. they exude a confidence, now, that they didn't years ago.
j's drawl still sits on top of the arrangements perfectly...soft but emotive. the keyboards add depth to the mix when they appear and the guitar and bass sounds are perfect...raw and smooth at the same time.
i'd say it's more upbeat than farm but hangs on to a sense of melancholy.
buy it if you're already a fan. buy it if you're new to their unique sound and writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Gets Better And Better... 7 May 2013
By Bassman
Format:MP3 Download
Third album since the reformation of Jay, Lou, and Murph.

This, for me, is the best yet. If parts of 'Farm' paid slight homage to 'Zuma'-era Neil Young with some lengthy jams, then 'IBOS' has more in common with Dino's own 'Bug'.

No excess - just an album of perfect length straight to the point. I was lucky enough to see Dino again this year, playing parts of this record - awesome gig, awesome band, and 'IBOS', awesome album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Bet On Sky 12 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Every time Dinosaur Junior release a new album the music is even more superior than the previous one. They are getting better all the time and this album is no exception. Music fans must check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great album, good follow up to the also very good The Farm. Well done J, you've done it again. Great for use in the gym
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