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Beyond CD (2007)

Artist: Dinosaur Jr.

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Although always as loud as God, it was easy to convince yourself the music of Dinosuar Jr. was far more passive than aggressive. This myth exploded in a hail of flaming toads in the spring of 1989, when the band's original trio line-up burst like a ripe sac of pus. In the intervening years there have been various versions of Dinosaur Jr., several of which made use of ur-drummer, Murph; but none of them included prodigal bassist, Lou Barlow. Until now. Until Beyond.

Beyond is a monster of form. From the staggeringly paced guitar spew that opens "Almost Ready" to classic soft/throb dynamism of "What If I Knew," Beyond is an exquisite slab of pure Dinosaur Jr. It's hard to understand the alchemical relationships that exist within certain bands. Some groups can change line-ups without anyone noticing. But that was never really the case with Dinosaur Jr. The pieces that fell away over the years were missed. But now they have all been collected together in one place. For how long no one can say. So just dig it while it is.

Because Beyond is beautiful.

Track Listing
1. Almost Ready
2. Crumble
3. Pick Me Up
4. Back to Your Heart
5. This is All I Came to Do
6. Been There All the Time
7. It's Me
8. We're Not Alone
9. I Got Lost
10. Lightning Bulb
11. What If I Knew?

Specifications

Label FAT Possum/red
SKU 204339314
UPC 767981108124
UPC 14 00767981108124
Format CD
Release Date 5/1/2007
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Author Dinosaur Jr.
Credits
Guitar, Vocals J Mascis
Bass Lou Barlow
Drums Murph
Artist Bio
Dinosaur Jr.Every Dinosaur Jr. album has its share of great songs, but there was something almost holy about that first trinity and the band that created them. It?s true this piece began by calling them passive, but most fans knew it was only their surface that was placid. At its best, the trio?s music (its guts) was like a version of The Stooges that didn?t have Iggy - just one of the Ashetons mumbling vocals while they all slugged the crap out of their instruments. Dino Jr?s sound was actually a roiling sea of emotion and rage and a sense of aggro that had been forged into a bizarre metal-punk-pop-whatsis by obsessive listening to Sabbath, the Birthday Party, The Cure, Blitz and Neil Young. Do you remember that Little Rascals film where Alfala eats a hot dog and a hamburger immediately before he gets into a boxing match? An animated hot dog and hamburger get into a boxing match in his stomach. Well, Dinosaur Jr.?s influences were like that - except it was more like a Texas Cage Match where Neil and Nick yanked on each other?s hair while Nidge and Robert and Ozzy threw buckets of boiling urine into everybody?s eyes. How could any band be expected to contain such carnage without cracking?The reunion was undertaken in ?05. At first it was tentative - a TV show here, a club appearance and some Japanese dates there. Just to support the reissues, you understand. But it actually went okay! I mean, it felt cool and it sounded great. In the 15 years since the original trio had toured a lot had changed. The mix of influences and the sheer volume of the music were no longer a semiotic problem for fans. Heck, some of Dino?s songs were now viewed as Classic Rock - and even the squares were finally ready for it.Touring continued into ?06 and the band?s strengths were constantly increasing. When their equipment van was swiped a couple days before the Osheaga Festival in Montreal, it didn?t faze them. ?No big deal,? J says. ?That show was amazing,? Kim Gordon says. ?It was almost like they?d been reborn as a hardcore band."
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ReviewSource Now Magazine
Review Having experienced first-hand the strained intra-band relationships of Dinosaur Jr. when the three original members were supposedly on good terms, I find the idea of their going back into the studio together to record an album after nearly 20 years of keeping a safe distance a truly remarkable turnaround. That the music of Beyond rocks so righteously in a way that sounds like a conscious progression from where they left off with Bug, rather than a misguided attempt to recreate the past, makes this unlikely recording comeback all the more incredible. It has all the earmarks of classic Dino, but they've become much better musicians with something to prove. Beyond is way better than you'd ever think possible.
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Reviewer Tim Perlich
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Artist Dinosaur Jr.
Music Format Compact Disc
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Boston Globe ...picks up where 1988's "Bug" left off...with the old love of volume and excess still sweetly intact.
Mojo ...the better-produced natural successor to 1987's epochal You're Living All Over Me.
Stylus Magazine ...contains plenty of songs that rival Mascis's best work.

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