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4.0 out of 5 stars He's the master of his own groovy ship., 3 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Free So Free (Audio CD)
Time passes, bands and scenes come and go, and J Mascis is still doing his melodic rock and endless solos. Thank God. Things haven't changed much for J in the last decade or so: Keyboards and sound effects come and go, but it's still down to his skidding drums, roving bass and luminous, brilliant guitar playing. His tunes make me think of really well made, masterfully painted surfboards. It's cool to have someone like him who is so single-mindedly into his Thing that he's got it down pat, yet still surprises.
In the past the real sticking point with all of Mascis' stuff has been the singing and the lyrics. The guy must be knocking on 40, but he's still not escaped from the adolescent bedroom of his mind. In the past I've rolled my eyes whenever one of his "Me/Be" rhymes comes up. But on "Free So Free" you can see that he's opened up a bit, singing about his friends, freedom etc. And you've got to go with him, because you can tell it's heartfelt. Apparently he's taken up skydiving and was inspired by the freedom of the fall: you can certainly feel the rush and wonder of jumping out of a plane when you hear the gorgeous opening track- one of his best ever tunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The slacker's slacker makes late bid for album of 2002, 14 Nov. 2002
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As a long standing Mascis fan I had some reservations about More Light. I checked this out when people started making favourable comparisons with his old band Dinosaur Jr's "Where You Been?" which is in my view high my Top 20 essential albums of the 90s. I actually think they're right! Time will tell if this deserves rating alongside such a classic but, in the meantime, enjoy this corking album that should appeal to most guitar-based rock fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mascis does it again!, 21 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Free So Free (Audio CD)
What another great album form J Mascis and the Fog. 2000's More Light was a classic record far surpassing anything Mascis did with the outstanding Dinosaur Jr. Free So Free is even better. The guitars mingle together in perfect harmony with songs more like sound scapes than contructed songs. Wistfull tracks such as Freedom and Free So Free feature some of the most lilting and emotive work Mascis has produced evoking memerories of his live acoustic gig a few years back in London. But the record also has a very classic rock feel to it especially on the glam like rock and roll stomp that is Bobbin. Vocally Mascis is still found in full slacker territory with his whiny, nasal style having changed not one bit from his Dinosaur Jr days. However, lyrically mascis is at his best with some of his most heartfelt and emotive lyrics contained within. The lyrics seem to talk of contentment and accepting the way life is while still searching that elusive moment of true happiness. A musical, lyrical and emotional success Free So Free is fantastic. Oh and did I mention that J sure can play a mean solo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a return to form!, 30 Oct. 2002
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Wow, after being absolutley gutted at my other two favorite guitarists (John Squire and Bernard Butler) albums this year I was kinda dreading this one arriving, but I have to say I couldn't have been more surprised!
It is as good as my favorite Dino jr album (Where you been?) and that really is high praise indeed. I didn't like More Light - apart from maybe Ammaring, but this is so good it untrue!
Freedom is such a top opener for an album with Joseph Donald Mascis Jr going through all of his awesome guitar tones. It sets the tone of the record well as freedom seems to be the main theme in the songs. Bobbin is like J's take on T-Rexs Get It On. Free So Free is quite jazzy but with an incredible solo. The single Everybody lets me down is also a triumphant piece of rock veering out of control after the last solo!
Oh yeah, all fans of the idol are gonna want to know? Dave whats the best solo on the album? Easy - track 9 Say the Word, after one verse he launches into an orgasmic solo thats so long but so good its untrue, just when you think it can't get better he adds more and more sonic mayhem until you are reduced to a gibbering wreck - and then he drops back into the verse! what a genius!
This is the living proof J Mascis is God!
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