I must admit that when this album came out back in '92 or '93, I was less than impressed. Grunge had exploded and all its fun and punkish, edgy extremity was being sucked out of it by the majors and MTV at breakneck speed. Grunge/alternative rock was fast becoming another rock/pop cliche of boys with guitars. I wanted DJ to go back to the fuzzy, fritzy, lo-fi Lou Barlow days but Where You Been couldn't have been more different from You're Living All Over Me. It was big, grand Neil Youngish rock. Still, it wasn't bad: Hide and On the Way rocked and screeched very nicely and Start Choppin' had a very nice, crunchy riff.
Only some years later did I put the pre-recorded cassette (remember those?) into my tape player again and realise this album is pretty much a classic. J's solos are astonishing (even more than usual perhaps) and the forays into acoustic and strings are thrilling yet fragile (at the time I thought they were uninspired!). Yes, the Neil Young influence is very evident (no bad thing) but, on further listens, Where You Been shares a lot with its more indie predecessors - it's just a lot bolder.
Like most DJ lps, Where You Been contains one duff track (Drawerings in this case) but there's so much that's great here that it's essential - as much as Bug - for anyone interested in the last 20 years of punk rock ... 'n'roll.