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More Light [VINYL]

J. Mascis & the Fog, J Mascis Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (23 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: City Slang
  • ASIN: B00004YVOC
  • 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: 636,764 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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