Dinosaur Jr.
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not


3.5
great

Review

by tommygun USER (14 Reviews)
August 4th, 2016 | 142 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If it ain’t broke...

Now a decade on from their surprise reunion, the blueprint followed by the classic Dinosaur Jr. lineup is well established: amps cranked to 11, one part distortion, two parts melody, and three parts face-melting guitar solos. Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not is no different, seeing resident guitar wizard/Saruman lookalike J Mascis riff, drawl, and shred his way through another bittersweet set of tunes while bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph hold it all together. Structurally, Give a Glimpse takes a step down from the relative airiness of 2012’s I Bet on Sky to land somewhere between the vibrant Beyond and the leg-stretching Farm, without quite reaching the dizzy heights of either. Lead single ‘Tiny’ is a fair representation of the record as a whole, with its cheerful riffing and upbeat music video (complete with skateboarding bulldog), and further instant gratification comes via ball-tearer ‘Good to Know’ and the Sabbath-flavoured sludge of ‘I Walk for Miles’. Elsewhere, moodier tunes ‘Be a Part’ and ‘Mirror’ keep on giving with additional spins, while the obligatory pair of Lou songs hit all the usual spots. ‘Love Is…’ in particular provides a breath of fresh ‘60s air as Barlow’s folk stylings mesh seamlessly with Mascis’ spiky leads. While the paint-by-numbers approach occasionally underwhelms, for the most part it’s business as usual - and business is fuckin’ booming. The mighty Dinosaur Jr. continue to kick the arse of every other band on the planet, and they show no signs of slowing.



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user ratings (210)
3.5
great
other reviews of this album
SmallMess (3.5)
A great record on its own, let alone as the 11th installment in Dinosaur Jr.'s discography....

turnip90210 (2.5)
More of the same. Literally....



Comments:Add a Comment 
tommygun
August 4th 2016


27108 Comments


already the 5th here in aus so not breaking embargo

‘tiny’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwa3DO5_irM

Pon
Emeritus
August 4th 2016


5945 Comments


Horrible review pos sup Tommy you sexy beast

tommygun
August 4th 2016


27108 Comments


sup matey long time, just chugging a flatty before heading off to work, how you been?

Pon
Emeritus
August 4th 2016


5945 Comments


I've been alright, I guess. Driftin' through life a bit though, gotta whip my lazy ass into gear.

ShadowRemains
August 4th 2016


27576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i walk for miles is one of the songs of the year

zakalwe
August 4th 2016


38506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review is the mutts nuts. Nice one one TG.

SandwichBubble
August 4th 2016


13787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Rather short, but this is still a really well-written review. Pos

zakalwe
August 4th 2016


38506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short is good.

Keeping things succint is the trait of a good review.

Blathering on about comparative pointless bollocks for 80000 words is what yanks lap up.

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
August 4th 2016


11947 Comments


Nice review

DoofusWainwright
August 4th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

'Lead single 'Tiny' is a fair representation of the record as a whole'



Uh oh, most nondescript song I've heard this year

Ocean of Noise
August 5th 2016


10969 Comments


Album cover is sick.

BMDrummer
August 5th 2016


15085 Comments


fuckin yes i missed the mascis worship crew

AnimalsAsSummit
August 5th 2016


6153 Comments


Love the colors on the album art but so far this is sounding really really meh

tommygun
August 5th 2016


27108 Comments


thanks lads

yea kept this one short cos there's not much to say about a dino jr album that sounds the same as every other dino jr album other than it rules (obviously)

any more than 250 words would be redundant

hogan900
August 5th 2016


3312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review Tommy!

Jammed this a few hours ago, thought It was actually pretty good on first listen. Love is.. is a great track in particular.

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2016


18789 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

good, concise review. gotta check this soon. good to see you writing again bud!

deathschool
August 5th 2016


28464 Comments


Sweet. I wish I wasn't too drunk to fuck with reading this. I'll read tomorrow though probably. I'm glad you like it though. Gives me a high hopes

tempest--
August 5th 2016


20634 Comments


pos

jtswope
August 5th 2016


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Way to go Tommy. Looking forward to jamming.

danielcardoso
August 5th 2016


11770 Comments


Sweet review tommy, stoked to hear this.



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