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It wasn't broke, so he didn't fix it...
on 25 November 2003
It was always going to be difficult following up an album like Where You Been and this, almost inevitably, suffers a bit in comparison. Which is not to say there's anything much wrong with it, however.
The opening seconds reveal the difference between the two albums. Where Where You Been had the instant rock attack of Out There, Without A Sound has the pop of a cork being drawn from a wine bottle and the mellow country-ish chug of Feel The Pain (which employs the Start Choppin trick of having a big frenzied rock riff chucked into the middle of it instead of a chorus). I Don't Think So is in similar wistful vein, and while there are some more aggressive moments later (Grab It in particular) overall it's a more low-key affair than its predecessor. Any album featuring J Mascis' sublime guitar playing is always worth a listen, though.