Artist: Dinosaur Jr.
Title: “I Bet on Sky”
Format: Digital (Spotify)
“I Bet on Sky” marks Massachusetts’ Dinosaur Jr.’s 10th LP and third since its 2005 reunion.
It comes 18 months after singer and guitarist J. Mascis dropped his debut solo album, “Several Shades of Why,” an acoustic affair that signaled a deep departure from Dinosaur Jr.’s crunchy indie rock.
Not so with “I Bet on Sky,” on which Mascis returns to dropping bombs of solos. Riffage reigns throughout “Sky,” with Mascis using several as vehicles to showcase his skills.
It’s exactly the kind of album one might expect from Dinosaur Jr., which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Little pushes their sound to places it hasn’t gone before, whether its the Lou Barlow-penned “Rude” or Mascis achieving liftoff on the ramshackle rumble of “Pierce the Morning Rain.”
Anyone expecting much in the way of progression should look elsewhere or pull “You’re Living All Over Me” off the shelf and revisit older days. For Dinosaur Jr., it seems unlikely that the formula is going to change any time soon, not that it needs an extreme makeover.
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