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J. Mascis & the Fog, J Mascis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: City Slang
  • ASIN: B00004Y7VU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Same Day
2. Waistin
3. Where'd You Go
4. Back Before You Go
5. Ground Me To You
6. Ammaring
7. All the Girls
8. I'm Not Fine
9. Can't I Take This On
10. Does The Kiss Fit
11. More Light

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Odd how time plays tricks. Alongside the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr's first couple of albums (You're Living All Over Me, the on-fire Bug) inspired a musical genre: grunge. Now, frontman Mascis has returned to reclaim what is his. Pop, however, being a fickle beast, will probably ignore him. Pop's loss. More Light is a brilliant, brilliant record. On his first solo album since Dinosaur's split, Mascis has rediscovered all the melodies and harmonies and molten guitar solos which made early Dinosaur required listening. (Back when Lou Barlow was still in the group.) Part of this is down to the presence of My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields on wall-of-sound extra guitar. The songs, however, are all Mascis's own. "Waistin'", with its laconic chorus and pealing guitar, is a call-to-arms to rival even Dinosaur's slacker anthem "Freakscene". Drums are straight out of the Black Sabbath school of minimal and heavy; a 1960's organ also sweetens the mix. "Where'd You Go?" is harder, and rocks like the singer has just heard Neil Young for the first time. A music critic once claimed that J plays guitar like he skis--recklessly, but fully in control. Never has that simile held truer. --Jerry Thackray

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Electric Guitar Bliss 26 Mar 2001
By Rappers
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't really aware of Dinosaur Jr's work but I may make myself aware after buying this. J Mascis's voice takes a while to grow on you but once it does you'll love it. The opener "Sameday" is awesome with Guided By Voices' mainman Bob Pollard helping out on backing vocals. Mascis blazes some great guitar work over the songs but isn't afraid to mellow things out abit, check out the lovely "Ammaring". More Light seems to sound like nothing else out there at the moment and gives you faith that guitar music is well and truly alive. Don't bother with corporate bands like U2 listen to this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He's back and he's still a bit grumpy 26 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Dinosaur Jnr, headed up by J Mascis, were probably the laziest band around. Along with The Pixies and Mudhoney they were at the forefront of the US Underground scene that ended up spawning Nirvana and the whole grunge thing. But thanks to J Mascis's problems in doing promotion, concerts or getting out of bed they were never in a position to cash in. Which is a shame, because they could sure write tunes. Freak Scene and Feel The Pain are possibly two of the best songs ever written, but the albums would almost always have one or two worthwhile songs with lots of filler. Pity really. Fellow member Lou Barlow left pretty early on to form Sebadoh and spent his first few years moaning about Mascis, incidentally.
After their last album, Dinosaur Jnr released one more song (the bizarrely chirpy, and rather good, Take A Run At The Sun), then broke up. So we come to this, the first solo album from Mr Mascis, and it's, well, pretty good really. It follows the same formula of fuzzed up guitars and forlorn singing from the man, but he seems to have got himself focused a little better than usual. The album fairly flies by and you're left thinking two things. First, cool album. Second, why didn't he do this before?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where'd you go? 24 Aug 2011
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Phew. Dinosaur Jr disbanded after the excellent, but rather mellow, 1997 album Hand It Over. It was a shame but at the time they had been together for a great many years and it seemed that it was de rigeur for established bands to break up right, left and centre. Also the musical climate was evolving into the snippet-pop we sadly enjoy today due to a severe lack of attention-span caused by the 21st century 'life-in-the-fastlane' lifestyles. People were bored with grunge, bored with britpop and would soon be bombarded by 'nu' music that was neither new or original. The nu-metal explosion of the turn of the century did ultimately herald some excellent bands but there was an awful lot of chaff (cough, Papa Roach, cough) and dross (cough, P.O.D.) amongst the Slipknots, 36 crazyfists and Killswitch Engages of the movement. Ironically those influential bands like Dinosaur Jr have now been dragged back to the fore due to the realisation that 'nu' is bad and why try to reinvent the wheel (of rock) when you could just keep driving on the old ones fine? However, it was good news indeed when, merely a few years after the DJ split, J Mascis returned with what was basically a DJ album under his name and a new backing group. Which was the only difference really.

As for the music. It is as tight, tuneful and idiosyncratic as any other DJ album. The man can write tunes - period. That's not to say it's a classic. It's not up to the raw standard of You're Living All Over Me or Bug, the over-polished genius of Green Mind or even the fuzzy country-grunge of the inimitable Where You Been. But it is better than their reunion album, Beyond, in 2007. 'Sameday' hits you with a breezier side to Mascis' usual melancholy. It's a great, optimistic opener with bags of rhythm and melody.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "happy" Dinosaur Jr. record? Must be a concept album. 29 Oct 2000
By Mark Lawton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
J. Mascis takes a big risk here. When an artist who has built a career singing epic songs about alienation and sorrow turns in his or her "happy" or "love" album, there is always the risk that it will come across as trite or insincere. There are only 3 possible outcomes from releasing a CD like this:
1. He alienates the core fanbase who were expecting the usual sweeping sorrowscapes. They may think he's "selling out" (as if "happy" somehow equalled "sell-out").
2. He re-establishes himself with folks who dug his basic sound but were turned off by the relentless negativity of his previous albums. However, how many people will be willing to give him a "second chance" at $17 a pop?
3. He brings in a whole new crowd, gets played on Total Request Live, and makes millions. To quote J. himself, "yeah, right".
Given these odds, what would possess him or her to press on anyway, the heck with the consequences? Why, love, of course. Almost every song on this CD is ripe with genuine expressions of woozy joy, made all the more poignant when contrasted to his past work. There is also an interesting subtext to several of the songs here; a dialog between the artist and his fans, in whcih he is gently asking them to "lighten up" a bit.
So, how does J. Mascis do at "happy"? He pulls it off with as much sincerity and depth of feeling that he brought to sadder subjects. Fear not, his amazing mastery of the guitar is strong as ever, but applied in a slightly different way. This is a high-wire act that he pulls off quite well indeed. I am so glad he chose to make this record. Respect must be paid at long last to J. Mascis. Buy this CD and hear a true artist risking everything just to tell you it's gonna be alright after all. This is food for the soul. Absolutely priceless.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "More Light" From a Dark Star 25 Oct 2000
By Wendy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's been several years since J Mascis' last album with the now defunct Dinosaur Jr, but his new album "More Light" is well worth the wait. If you're not familiar with this artist, his voice is definitely an acquired taste. His music, however, is an interesting mixture of sonic boom and yearning emotion. The later is displayed on "Ground Me to You" which is certainly one of the best songs on the album. Many of Mascis' songs over the years have centered on painful yearnings about love and relationships and the tortured quality of his voice goes perfectly with this beautiful track. "Waistin'" is another song in a similar vein. If you're looking for guitar pyrotechnics, check out "Back Before You Go" and "Same Day." These are guitar heavy songs with incredible fret work. Another amazing solo can be found on "Does the Kiss Fit," which has a little more of a funky groove than what Mascis usually produces. When J fronted Dinosaur Jr, he also controlled nearly every aspect of the band, often playing all of the instruments on many of the tracks. Clearly a genius, he may also have been a bit of a control freak and the music often seemed bogged down in a sludge of distortion and depression. Now that he is backed by "the Fog," the music seems more creative than on his last two albums. And for virtually the first time on a Mascis creation, there are backing vocals other than his own! There are also pianos, banjos, barking dogs, and other assorted sounds that create an interesting texture for this cd. "Where You Been" was definitely the high point in Dinosaur's career. "More Light" is a return to form for this Boston native. And in a world of alternative music where most current bands are just ripping off ones of the past, this is a refreshingly original album from one of today's most creative artists.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No dinosaurs here... 25 Oct 2000
By James Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Aptly attributed to "the fog", the former Dino Jr. leader returns to the world of electricity with "More Light". His trademark guitar screech (I mean that as a compleament) and crazed vocals are in high form. Mascis may well be one of the few "indie guitar gods", since the genre favors songwriting and posturing more than fretboard antics. Featuring Robert Pollard from Guided by Voices on vocals (not that you can hear 'em)and Kevin Shields from My Bloody Valentine lurking about, this album seems more varied than the Dino days, but still packs a punch. If you get a chance, catch him on his brief tour- Mike Watt is on bass, making it a true "punk supergroup".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back J 5 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm the biggest basher of post Lou Barlow era Dinosaur Jr. around. I always felt that J lost a few steps after Bug and a few thousand after Where You Been. Sure the later albums had some cool tracks, but the majority was not good. This is J's strongest album in almost a decade...hands down! The production is fresh and clean (Kevin Shields! When is the next MBV album???) and there are some new sounds floating around which hit the mark. J, you've won me back to the fold!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should we be surprised at how good this record is? 25 Oct 2000
By "langee" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Upon listening to this record one time through, I can say that it is as strong if not better than any Dinosaur Jr. material I have come in contact with. D Jr.' later albums were struggling to find stand out tracks with strong hooks and melodies. More Light is not light in that respect. Kevin Shields brings a subtle spacy psychodelic sound to the tracks that really give this solo effort a reborn and unique feel. This album is an instant pleasure and Mascis should be commended for an unwavering style that is refreshing given the current trends in music.
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