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Acoustic Dino does the biz,
This review is from: Several Shades Of Why (Audio CD)
I approached this solo effort with some degree of concern. Mascis is best known for those overlong guitar solo's and not so much for a delicate voice - something that could be described as tortured at times. So a solo album of mainly acoustic material and much more emphasis on the voice was more than a little bit of a worry. However, like another venerable crooner Neil Young, Mascis has managed to pull this trick off reasonably well.
The guitars are strummed and plucked and sound light and airy with clear vocals and choruses. Occasionally a song will have a long outro and Mascis will be joined in the vocal department to provide some harmony and these are the tracks which seem to work the best. Is It Done is a good single and works lightly and melodically and hangs in the memory for some time after the final bars. Sometimes you are thinking of Sun Kil Moon when listening to this. Can I is a cross between Neil Young and Dinosaur Jr and works really well - its probably the only darker number that does work so well.
Mascis has produced an album here that is enjoyable, will get you nodding your head along and is suited to a nice summers day. It doesn't quite reach this listener on a deeper level than that. If you like Dinosaur Jr though you should be quite well pleased with this effort though.