Review Summary: After "You're Living All Over Me", J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph succeed to impress us with a pretty cool noise album that came out on the same year as Sonic Youth's great "Daydream Nation".
Well, it isn't "You're Living All Over Me" but "Bug" is pretty good and it is certainly one of the best albums by the band. (although I have listened to only a few).
I would say that Bug has a dirtier sound that its predecessor: the cover gives a clue, look at this, it is really something dirty, something noisy. If the guitar is less impressive on this one (yes guys," You're Living All Over Me" is one of the best albums for that thing, J. Mascis is a god), the other instruments are equally great.
So, I can see people are sometimes using the word "grunge" to define one of their genres... Seriously, do you really think this is grunge ? (You must think I don't like grunge but I love it: Pearl Jam
is one of my favorite bands and I also like Nirvana
and Alice in Chains
) Well no, this isn't grunge, even if it's only a sub-genre or whatever it is called, especially that the word "grunge" is only a commercial term invented by journalists to define the Seattle scene. This is Noise, but this isn't noise (confusing, isn't it ?). This is some noise with talent... And you know, the term "noise" annoys me: why calling that "noise" ? It's true, it's far from being noise... Oh people, I'm angry with genres today and now, this poor band has no genre. Oh, you are going to say indie rock but i will tell you that indie is too big and all...
WELL, this album, we must talk about it ! "Bug" is a honest and modest noise record (finally, it isn't too bad to say that). The great songs "Freak Show", "Yeah We Know" and "Budge" are really the highlights here. Maybe another listen and i will end up calling all the songs great.
Oh, and I almost forgot: "Don't", THIS IS A REAL NOISE SONG, BUT GOD I LOVE IT.