Dinosaur Jr.
You're Living All Over Me


4.5
superb

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
February 20th, 2006 | 1200 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist


My first taste of Dinosaur Jr. came from skateboarding. Most of my taste in music evolved from what my favorite skateboarders (and my guitar teacher) were listening to. Before this most of all I listened to was 60s pop music and 90s pop music (give me a break I was in 3rd grade). I had heard a few of Dinosaur�s songs but I really felt cool when me and my brother found a used copy of your living all over me at my local thrift store for only 3 dollars. Now that I think about it, what can you get for 3 dollars, a fast food meal? New dress socks? I was defiantly lucky to pick up a great album like this.

The first song off YLAOM is one of DJ�s most famous early songs. Little Fury Things is a pshycadelic/punk/grunge masterpiece. Chock full of catchy vocals, Alice and wonderland references and insanely fuzzed up guitars. One unique thing about YLAOM that is established by the first song is the volume of the drums. Unlike, say the flaming lips (one of my favorite bands) the drums are very quiet and not as stand-out. Some might say this is a bad thing, but I think it�s really cool, especially the fact that Murph (DJ drummer) still keeps a beat above all the feed backing guitar.

Kracked starts of with an amazingly catchy riff and continues with Poppy vocals and full kit drum fills. The song soon drops off into a 16th note ride beat under a few fairly basic guitars. While Little Furry Things shows off J. Mascis�s amazing guitar style, this solo is where his talent really hits you. Full of unorthodox effects and insane bends, the solo drops out into a distorted bass line after around 45 seconds. If you haven�t realized what kind of ride your in for with the rest of the album you clearly have not been listening to this album hard enough. Kracked ends with some another chorus. The lyrics in this song aren�t anything special, but its still great.

The next song, Sludgefeast, starts out with some Led Zeppelin heaviness and then another J. solo before some melancholy vocals come in. Enough can�t be said about the guitars on this album. Listen to this song and they basically speak for them selves. Parts of this song seem a little cheesy but Murph and Lou Barlow�s beat holds it together. The last minute of the song comes in a little randomly and houses yet another solo giving Sludgefeast a total of 3 solos.

The second 3rd of this album starts out with the curiously titled rocker The Lung. One thing that bugs me about this song is how it randomly speeds up going from the first verse to the chorus. After a minute and a half the vocals come in before shortly being interrupted by a guitar solo. This particular solo is a standout for me, the tone is warm and distorted with gallons of beautiful sustain. The solo is long but manages to stay consistent and not be too cheesy.

Raisins is the next track and one of the catchiest IMO. The first few lines, paired with the guitar riff seem far too strange to be considered �catchy� but by the time you reach the chorus you will know what I�m talking about. After the chorus the bridge takes a strange turn, with what sounds like a man singing underwater. This lasts about 30 seconds before another short chorus and a RIPPING guitar solo. The song ends abruptly after another chorus and goes straight into

Tarpit. If you ever wondered what the genre Slowcore is take a listen to this song. Too slow to be a hardcore song and too heavy to be considered a �ballad�. This one is probably my least favorite track on this CD, I�ve been raving about J.�s guitar playing but on this song it just seems a little tired. By the end of the song everything is drowning in a blizzard of effects wizardry that has been building up since the last chorus, This seems like an appropriate way to end the 2nd part of YLAOM.

A lot of today�s emo/indie albums have a stalker anthem. You know the track about how the singer wishes he could spy on a girl or where he sneaks into her house, something vaguely creepy like that. In a Jar is DJs stalker jam. It�s a pretty basic song, one for once the bass is the real stand out instrument on this track. The guitar has a few nifty riffs but the first half of this track is Lou�s chance to shine. Then comes the solo, a short fast, distorted screamer which is interrupted by screaming, which of course, sounds like its coming from a person in a jar.

The next song is called Lose, which starts off the bat which an insane 30 second solo. The fast-paced song continues with vocals from, correct me if I�m wrong, Lou, the bands bassist who will later go on to sing solo and in bands like Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion. I actually prefer Lou�s lo-fi vocals to J.�s. This song is chock full of guitar solo�s with a total of 3, not including the main riff, which is incidentally 1 long solo. Word to the wise do not listen to this one in the dark. One part of this song scares me every time I listen to it. Listen to the song I think you�ll understand what I mean.

Poledo, the 2nd to last song on the CD is a huge difference from the rest of the album�s guitar based hard-core indie rock. The distortion is out and chorused acoustic guitar and Lou�s voice is in. The song was supposed to be a sonic personal ad, which eventually paid out landing Lou his first real girlfriend. A couple minutes in the song goes haywire. Dj scratching, sampled voices and hazes of guitar effects. The song is amazing and worth every minute spent listening to it. One of my favorites off the record.

The final song is a hard-core infused cover of the cure�s Goth-wave classic Just Like Heaven. This track appears on the rerelease while a DJ cover of "Show Me the Way" appears on the original. I sort of dislike some of the guitars in this song and would definitely say the cure one is better, but this is certainly worth a listen. DJ really makes this song sound like their own and it�s a great way to end an excellent album.

Dinosaur Jr is:
J. Mascis (guitar, vocals) Lou Barlow (bass, vocals) and Murph (drums)
Standouts:
Little furry things
Kracked
Raisins
Lose
Poledo

If you are a guitarist you owe it to yourself to buy this own, it is one of the finest guitar records ever cut. Whether you buy it from FYE for $17 or for $3 in the thrift store above your local music club is up to you (I highly recommend the latter though.) This is the best piece of ear-bleeding country you will everywhere.

-Joe



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Besides from the production and J's voice, this is absolute essential stuff....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Zebra
Moderator
February 20th 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid review however your paragraphs were too big at points and I had to stop reading to take brakes.
This is a decent album, but I don't think that it's worthy of a 4.5/5. 'Tarpit' is my favorite track off the album, and it's sad to see that I'm one of the only people who enjoy it.

The Jungler
February 20th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the positive rating, I'll break up the paragraph a little more.

Tarantino's Tarantulas
February 21st 2006


819 Comments


I havent really listened to this that much, but Ive always liked The Lung. Sludgefeast is a great guitar song, but the vocals and lyrics irritate me

andy is dead
February 21st 2006


4 Comments


Doesn't Show Me The Way appear on this album?

The Jungler
February 21st 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A Rerealesed version of YLAOM had Show Me the Way as song 10 instead of Just Like Heaven.
Ive never heard the Dinosaur Jr version of that song, is it good?This Message Edited On 02.21.06

moosepirate
February 21st 2006


12 Comments


Actually, the reissue has Just like Heaven instead of Show me the way, and for better or worse, has been reproduced. The Merge reissue cleaned it up some. Might want to mention that in your review.

Ficus
February 22nd 2006


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a great album, and the review's pretty decent. However, the first track is "Little Fury Things"

AlienEater
February 23rd 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think this is their best album. I can't find anything wrong with any of the tracks.This Message Edited On 05.20.06

Pechorin
March 10th 2006


160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the eponymous album and Bug better than this one, but that doesn't mean it's a bad one. Decent review, though it was a bit tough to read at times.

EDIT: I like DJ's version of Show Me the Way. The beginning is very muddy, but after that it's pretty good. But insead of the Bm chord played in the chorus, he plays a D. It really changes the tone of the chorus a lot to be honest.This Message Edited On 03.09.06

The Jungler
March 10th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I fixed everything in this review and split up the paragraphs. So it should be easier to read. Enjoy.

joh soxe
March 10th 2006


44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love this album, it gets a bit unremarkable after 'in a jar' i feel though. i prefer 'green mind': that album simply doens't have a bad track on it. but of course this album is, as you've highlighted, a lot more about solos and the solos are fantastic

The Jungler
March 10th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really? Lose and Poledo as of now are my favorite tracks off here.

aristotelis
May 23rd 2006


115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can someone suggest me some other good bands of this type of music?please...

The Jungler
May 23rd 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pixies, Sonic Youth, early Flaming Lips are the only bands that come to mind, though if broaden your question to include all 80's indie rock you might find some bands that you like. I guess you could say they sound a little like Nirvana, just 10x better.

Zebra
Moderator
May 23rd 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't pulled this out in a while and probably should do so. I've always prefered Bug but this album has some killer songs. The big problem is that the second half of the album is a lot weaker then the first half.

aristotelis
May 25th 2006


115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

100x better.actually from the grunge groups I have only heard nirvana,pearl jam and screaming trees.and nirvana is my least favourite...

aristotelis
May 25th 2006


115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for the information...I saw that you have give 5 to the funeral from the arcade fire.you are absolutely right,this group is the awesome...

Neoteric
December 29th 2006


3243 Comments


Are you sure that's the right tracklist up there? Just Like Heaven isn't on mine.

The Jungler
December 29th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Theres two versions, a rerelease (with Just Like Heaven) and an original (with Show Me the Way). It should probably be added in to the tracklist, I'll do that now.


Neoteric
December 29th 2006


3243 Comments


My tracklist is still quite different to the one up there :confused:



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