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Bug

Dinosaur Jr.

1988

Bug

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Rating

2.85

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4612

Genres

  • Indie
  • Rock
  • Grunge
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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

This is one of those times when my rating is probably going to be more generous than is warranted. J Mascis sometimes seems to have trouble carrying a tune, unless that's an affectation. Who knows? The hit of the album, Freak Scene, is so simple, there is almost nothing to it. But honestly, this album hits my critical blind spot. I enjoy the casual nature of Mascis' vocals--it doesn't sound like he's trying to convince you of anything--he's just sharing his thoughts. And I find his blend of noise, rock, and pop appealing. The music on Bug rocks, it has plenty of texture, and it has a warmth that is missing from a band like Sonic Youth. And a funny thing--Mascis also makes me appreciate Neil Young a little more. Mascis has taken Young's blundering experiments with guitar noise and refined them almost beyond recognition. Like Young, Mascis doesn't have a lot of technical ability, but unlike Young, he's very talented at coaxing out a wide palette of sounds from his guitar. It's also pretty clear that Mascis also served as inspiration (along with Young) for Built To Spill's Doug Marsch, another wonderful guitarist. Guys like Mascis and Doug Marsch make the pioneering nature of Neil Young's experiments with noise obvious, even if they kind of sucked (sorry, Brian). In that way, Young's a little like Lou Reed, in that he's inspired a ton of wonderful music. But I'm getting sidetracked. I'm 90% through Bug and beneath all the noise, it turns out that the songwriting is actually pretty sturdy. I've also got to put in a good word for the band, which matches the ferocity of Mascis' guitar work. How to rate? Well, occasionally, the noise elements are overwhelming, but overall, Bug is surprisingly strong and consistent.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

In the genre list on Wikipedia, it lists noise rock. And that it is. Just noise. This album sounds like the singer is crying over loud and annoying instrumentals.

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Sun May 23 2021
1

Eh. Everyone is just annoyed at everything. "Freak Scene" is good. "Pond Song", "Budge" is decent. Mostly noise.

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Wed Dec 09 2020
4

Well. How the hell were they supposed to follow up You're Living All Over Us? This isnt as good, but its damn close to a 5.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

good ol' j. mascis. i hadn't realized lou barlow and he started out together - neet!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Dinosaur Jr. were buddies with all my favourite bands growing up (Sonic Youth wrote ‘Teenage Riot’ about J Mascis) but I was never really a big fan of J Mascis’s voice back in the day. I found it a bit too whiny for my tastes. However, I stumbled across one of his solo albums about five years ago and it became my surprise album of the year. I’d not gone back to the Dinosaur stuff until now though. I enjoyed this album far more listening back to it with a bit of distance and also feeling like I can appreciate his voice a bit more after listening to his solo stuff. More variation than I’d remembered too. On a slightly related note, I used to play bass (badly) in a band a few years back and we would end each gig with a different cover. By chance, the last song at the last gig we ever played was ‘Freakscene’ by Dinosaur Jr. so, as fate would have it, it’s a song from this album that will ring forever in the ears of the tiny handful of friends and relatives who were present. For that reason, I’m bumping this up from a three and a half to a four.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Loved it. Really raw and melancholic, at times angry, but always with a fun uplifting edge. So glad I've discovered this

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

Had this one on cassette back when it was new. Freak Scene is one of the best songs of the 80s. The rest of this is good too. I've always had a soft spot for Don't.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

They sound like a bad high school band. I like “sloppy” punk rock - but only when it’s intentional. This seems like just poor execution of mediocre songs.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

Noise rock and out of key vocals. Dissonance isn't my thing, I guess. Less rock, more cringe for me.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

The album was not that good and progressively got worse.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

There's something just not right about late 80s alternative rock that doesn't come from Seattle. It's like while Nirvana and Mudhoney were based on punk, and Soundgarden/AIC metal, bands like this were rooted in whiny, jangly, shoegazey, cynical "nothing fucking matters anyway" garage nerd rock. It has its moments where it almost rocks, but still has that distinctly "not Seattle indie" vibe. I think the core problem is it hates itself, but can't channel it well. It's like a depressed kid's assignment. 2/5.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

calm down sir

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Thu Sep 23 2021
1

9. Bug - Dinosaur Jr. 10 tracks. Not to my tastes at all. If you like a poor quality Foo Fighters meeting a tone-deaf Nirvana on a bad day with some background White Noise then this is definitely for you. Track 9 is called \"Don't\" which I assume stands for Don't listen 1/5.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Seen enough to eye you But I've seen to much to try you It's always weirdness while you Dig it much too much to fry you The weirdness flows between us Anyone can tell to see us Freak scene just can't believe us Why can't it just be cool and free us? Seen enough to eye you But I've seen to much to try you It's always weirdness while you Dig it much too much to fry you The weirdness flows between us Anyone can tell to see us Freak scene just can't believe us Why can't it just be cool and leave us? It's so fucked I can't believe it If there's a way I wish we'd see it How could it work just can't conceive it Oh what a mess it's just to leave it Sometimes I don't thrill you Sometimes I think I'll kill you Just don't let me fuck up will you 'cause when I need a friend it's still you What a mess

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

the best!

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Thu May 05 2022
5

I am a big fan of this band throughout the many stages of their long career. This is something interesting for anyone who likes rock.

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Sat May 21 2022
5

Would be nice if the list contains a few more Dinosaur Jr albums, but otherwise this is an excellent choice. One of the best Dinosaur Jr albums: perfect songwriting (Let It Ride, Budge, etc) + perfect guitar playing + perfect sound = 5 *****.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

freak scene go hard

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Još jedan album bez kojeg je nemoguće zamislit devedesete. Skoro bolji od youre living all over me

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

9/10 I’m a fan of indie and hard rock this was a nice fun album almost sounded like a pre-90s grunge

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Sun Jan 10 2021
4

Dinpsaur Jr. - одна из влиятельнейших групп в истории инди-рока. Они взяли нойз-рок и хард-рок 70-х и добавили туда мелодичности и тяжелые гитарные соло, будто вылетающие из горящих энтузиазмом рук музыканта. Не как на дебюте The Jesus And Mary Chain, более гранжево и энергично. Рассматривая именно этот альбом нельзя сказать, что он сильно отличается от You're Living All Over Me (по крайней мере в музыкальном плане). Здесь можно заметить многие приемы предыдущего, но использованы они здесь менее выразительно, чем на предшественнике. Особенно хотелось бы выделить трек "Don't". Он крайне выделяется на фоне всего альбома из-за переполняющей его грязи. Его нахождение в треклисте вызывает удивление скорее негативное, чем восхваляющее разнообразие, но тут момент спорный. Обобщая все выше сказанное, могу сказать одно: Определенно, этот альбом хорош, но знакомится с ним следует только если вам понравился You're Living All Over Me, места в списке он не стоит, это не мастерпис и даже не близко. 7.5/10

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Dinosaur Jr:aa, hyvässä ja pahassa. Pidän kovasti bändin levyjen äänimaailmasta, mutta toisaalta biisit eivät juurikaan eroa toisistaan tai jää mieleen samankaltaisen kitaramuurin takia. Nämä vanhemmat bändin levyt ovat itselleni hieman uusia vieraampia, mutta ihan samaltahan tämä kuulostaa kuin 30v myöhemminkin. Kolmosen ja nelosen välimaastossa keikutaan, mutta vertaamalla tätä muihin viime aikoina antamiini kolmosiin on pakko tehdä pyöristys ylöspäin.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Real nice low fi dad rock, hits nice and hard at points. Verging on fat riffs if it wasn't for all the fuzz (not a bad thing). The Post is an absolute track but Don't can probably calm down a bit

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Otra de esas bandas de las que únicamente había oído el nombre pero nunca el disco. Fuera de "Don't", que está un poco intragable, el resto del disco me gustó mucho: los riffs y solos de guitarra están divertidos y aunque podría ser considerado "noise" no deja de ser armónico y cada canción tiene su estructura y su propio sonido.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

progressively screamier. the penultimate song scared the shit out of me. but still some good stuff 3.5

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Great roots of grunge

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

I mostly liked it! Adding to my collection.

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Sat May 15 2021
4

Grunge. Rock

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Ihan okei rokkia. Tuntui freesimmältä kuin ZZ Topit jne., mutta ei kuitenkaan ihan keveintä mahdollista höttöä. Tämän voisi kuvitella jonnekin Szigetiin tai muualle lämpimään kesäfestari-iltaan. Hyvää fiilistä, mutta ei erityisen mieleen painuvaa. 3.5 pyöristyy neloseen.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

High school Dani would have loved this band. Kinda punk, emo, but great guitar and melodies; the change in tempo, even going to 2/3 (which very much reminds me of Brand New). I can't put my finger on who was influenced by this band, but I think a lot of my formative music years had been listening to these guys. Maybe a bit of Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, Nirvana, Radiohead...

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

I can’t place who this sounds like, but very reminiscent of other bands that were popular among my circle in the early-mid 2000s. I wish I had known about them during my vaguely emo teen years!

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Decent

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Sat May 01 2021
4

Really enjoyed this album! Was kinda surprised by how much I enjoyed it actually!

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

I don't know how I missed this band in the 80's - they are from my home state and were popular in my college years; I heard their name a lot but didn't listen to them - so I'm glad I heard this. Hard-driving and thrashy, so not my usual listening fare, and really solid.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

not usually my style but this album is pretty solid

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Nice rocking little album. Not the dinosaur Jr i remember. Until the last song.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

This album was fucking good. I need to listen to more Dinosaur Jr.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Me gustó.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

cool early dinosaur jr.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Weird but cool to hear a wah pedal in a grunge type setting but it works. Raw emotion and an imperfect mix is refreshing to hear compared to today's over produced stuff.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

Yah, yah

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Don't needs to calm down a bit. :)

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Melodic punk. Very enjoyable after the first song.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

This album had some bangers, definitely ahead of its time with its sound. The vocals weren't my cup of tea, but the instrumentation and progressions were really cool. Enjoyable listen (besides Don't). Favourite Tracks: No Bones, They Always Come, Yeah We Know

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Solid, eclectic, had some bangers, quite enjoyed the album

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

Redelijk experimenteel. Misschien soms ietsje teveel

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Great

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Just flat enjoyed a lot of this. Very early alternative...sounds like Local H 10 years earlier.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Rentre chez toi, Cobain! Prefs: FREAK SCENE, Let It Ride, Pond Song, Budge Moins pref: Don't

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Is it punk? Is it grunge? Is it metal? Yes. Yes it is, and it is great.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

I liked the sound but it didn't feel novel. Felt like a superchunk album. Or maybe wilco? Or maybe something else? But I think the sound is novel for the time so... 4 stars.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Not having a lot of exposure to Dinosaur Jr I wasn't sure what to expect with this album so I was surprised how much I enjoyed it! This is a really good album and I can see it's influence on Alt Rock moving forward and also on some Grunge Music, Pond Song (Neil Yong), and a hint of Pavement. The album features great guitar work and drumming which are brought out by the clean production. Lyrically the album seems a bit weak, and repetitive, but that seems to work out okay as the focus seems to be more on the music and less on the vocals on this particular album. The one song on here that I had a tough time getting through was Don't, the screaming gets a bit much and drones on. Other than that really good album and it opens me up to listening to more Dinosaur Jr work. Favorite Songs: Freak Song, Pond Song, Yeah We Know. I give this one a 3.5 - 4.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Val (peut-être)

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

For 88 this is pretty good stuff considering how much I dislike hairbands. A band before their time

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Grungy

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Sat May 21 2022
4

I was struggling with the vocals at times, but the guitar tones are great. Strong album.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Freak Scene brilliant song, rest of the album good, but really found the song don’t hard to listen to.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

I think this is a solid followup to their earlier masterpiece; it still delivers that amazing sound, even if it doesn't reach quite the heights of You're Living All Over Me.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Slightly heart over head rating this, but I really enjoyed it.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Ja, lekker!

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Way cooler than the last Dinosuar Jr we saw. Feels cool alt rock / punk with some nice growls. I can dig it.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

J Mascis did a good job on this one. Definitely a classic indie record, and for good reason. Favorite track: They Always Come.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

reminds me of my childhood. 90's grunge, Nirvana and Fugazi. I love how sounds take me back. It's also amazing how the 90's created the space for average singers to excel in the grunge space.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Watch the movie Singles this week, so I was definitely in the mood for some Grunge

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Buggg

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

One of the more notable ”slacker rock” bands. Although, with guitar playing such as this you could hardly call them slackers

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Definitely worth a revisit. Not my fav DJ album, but great.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

Few bands hit me in quite the same way as Dinosaur Jr. As noisy, screeching and hysterical as it may be - the amazingly tumultuous “Don’t” being the prime example - there’s always raw emotions and a feeling of honesty hiding just beneath the surface; most often in the form of Mascis’ delicate and bare vocal and brutally beautiful guitar. While I love their older material there’s a special vibe about their post-reunion albums that isn’t quite present here. Maybe it’s because they matured along the way or maybe it’s the heavier focus on their punk aesthetic on the early records? I nevertheless enjoy the ride every bit of the way!

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Great noise/alternative rock. Do I hear a bit of early emo/pop punk on here?

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Awesome album to listen to. Dino Jr is a favourite band of mine. No one sounds like them.

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Mon Nov 09 2020
3

Never really listened to these. Not as goofy American as I thought. Good listen!

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

The nicer side of okay.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

A very underrated grunge band.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Pra mim todo rock era pra ser de certa forma "Noise", mas essa banda me apresenta esse subtipo de rock que eu até então não conhecia. "Don't" faz jus ao tipo de rock.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Wat meer alternatieve rock, wel redelijk

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Musicalmente se me hicieron muy, muy buenos. Se escucha una batería de happy punk por aquí, unos guitarrazos muy grunge por acá. Musicalmente en serio me parecen una delicia. Las letras embrolladas no estorban. La métrica de la lírica me parece muy cuestionable pero al combinarla con la voz, no sé si fea por naturaleza o producida así para que suene mal, generan una combinación terrible. No me gusta el chillido desafinado que pasa en este disco por voz sobre una ejecución musical tan buena. Si no tuviera voz, le ponía 4 estrellas al disco y por culpa de cómo las partes cantadas me perforan el oído, se queda con 3 estrellas. Los gritos y atasque de Don't me parecen mucho más agradables que su manera de cantar. Me duele poner esta calificación pero no pude con la voz. Songs: Yeah We Know, Budge, Don't, Keep The Glove

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

No tenía conocimiento ni del nombre Dinosaur Jr. Un rock alternativo bonito, ruidosito, a gusto, 10 canciones en 38 minutos. Las canciones cuidadas, el bajo fuerte fuerte sonando bien. Si hubiera escuchado el disco en blanco y sin conocimiento hubiera firmado que era Sonic Youth pero con otra voz. No diría que fue espectacular, quizá pesa un poco que haya tocado tan pegado a algo similar como los Pixies, pero si fue bastante agradable. No se si lo pondría en rotación pero es como para si haces una playlist de alternativo/grunge meter algunas canciones. Cumple y suena bien a pesar de no resaltar muy por encima de las bandas similares.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

I've heard of this band, and I know I've at least seen J Mascis in Portlandia, but never listened to them. Right away, I'm digging this. Kind of a noisy, garage-rock style but with good melody. The promise of the first two tracks fades a little, as the album begins to sound redundant, and then it finishes with a couple very abrasive noise rock tunes that I enjoyed more than I thought I would (but still not very much). This was a decent album. I won't return to much, but I respect it for sounding about 5-10 years ahead of its time. Favorite tracks: Freak Scene, No Bones, Pond Song. Album art: I like this one. Somewhat inscrutable. At first I thought I was looking at some deformed Ratatouille freak, but then I finally saw the bug. This is cool though, like the whole thing was finger-drawn in mud. 3/5

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

A very inconsistent alt rock/noise rock album. The downtempo tracks are by far the worst, but "Don't" is easily the best and noisiest song. 5/10

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Love dinosaur jr, not my favourite of theirs

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Can appreciate it, but not really for me. The guitar is pretty impressive, Vocals... not my favourite. Yeah We know and The Post were highlights

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Wicked indie distortion. Best Tracks: Freak Scene, They Always Come, Budge

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

New to me. Quite good, excepting"Don't".

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

Nao sabia que esses caras eram tao velhos assim! Maneirinho mas eu gosto de uma musica ou outra, nada muito especial.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Average alt rock sound to me.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Chestnut Ok a little rocker

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Indie Rock is a genre I enjoy on both sides of the spectrum, whether it is more quiet and compressed, or noisy and explosive. Dinosaur Jr's Bug falls under the latter, and their effort is mostly enjoyable. Highlights for me are "No Bones", "They Always come", "Yeah We Know" and "The Post". The other tracks are not in any way horrible, except for the annoyingly screamy "Don't", but either drag on for too long or are too repetitive. 3/5.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Started off strong but got bored pretty quickly

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

It’s like Pixies meets Pavement. Which in theory is cool but in actuality I’d rather just listen to Pixies or Pavement. Couple standout songs, the rest is fine.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

kinda whiney but I'm on that wave post-punky dig it

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

Ok! Freak Scene. Good song. They Always Come sounds like an indie J-rock song. Don't is five minutes of feedback, which I could do without. Though its the better closer. The bonus track is kind of slapped on the back.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Not very accessible. Would probably benefit from a few more repeats. Not my favorite Dinosaur Jr (on a first listen)

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Serious, heavy rock, without being annoyingly serious about itself. The guitar tone is excellent, and when it locks in with the bass on some driving riffs, it sounds goddamn fantastic. The singing doesn't do a whole lot for me, and sometimes it gets lost in the chaotic energy of it all, but that energy is kind of the point. A solid 3

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Eh ok. Not a very memorable album to me, good rock and roll, good music. Just doesn't get me going.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Late 80s LP hailing new 90s sounds and the prescient shoegazey voice of J Mascis. Varied and subdued, this kicks in its own subdued fashion.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Will pobably not be be back for further listens

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

6/10

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Heard better not gonna lie

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Dinosaur Jr. were considered innovative because they fused hardcore punk noise onslaughts with hard rock staples of guitar solos and the sort. But this leads to two queries: does this leave them unsatisfying two groups rather than contenting one, and was this development that wholesome? Frankly, I'm currently not in a position to answer just yet. Give me time to explore Dinosaur Jr. more. However, I can tell you this album slightly suffers from the attempt to placate the straightforward rockers and indie kids. Yes, individual moments and tracks shine, but the sum is hesitant rather than inclusive. As proof, consider that the best, most alive song on the album is Don't, the most outré and punky. I wish they had focused on their strengths. A decent album, but aggrieved at the hinted potential for more.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

So THAT'S where grunge came from

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

I get the feeling that had I discovered Dinosaur Jr at a younger age I would have fallen madly in love with them. As it is, I already have so many bands like them that I love I couldn't be bothered to make room (I will never betray you Steven Malkmus). Freak Scene and Let it Ride are great. Don't is hilarious, and I think it's meant to be? A lot of the rest depends on your appetite for slightly bored sounding but very fun slacker rock. An important album.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Mixed bag. Some great choons like Freak Scene but some average ones. This album could be better with a few more good songs

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

I have not heard any of DINOSAUR JR.’s music before, although I am aware of them because I am a fan of alternative and indie music. Just never had the exposure or opportunity to listen to them. They seem to be well regarded band. After listening to BUG, on first impression, the vocals reminds me of or has the vibe of PANSY DIVISION, not lyrically, of course. That PANSY DIVISION vibe gets lost upon multiple listening. I must say the album is pretty good and pleasant, but I don’t see it worthy of being in the 1001 Album selection maybe after multiple listens, it will grow on me even more. If I were to make a replacement for DINOSAUR JR. - BUG, for inclusion in the book I would choose THE GUN - CLUB MIAMI (1982) instead. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, there is another prior release selected, YOU’RE LIVING ALL OVER ME (1987) in the book. Rate Artist: DINOSAUR JR. (3) Rate Album (Year): BUG (1988 Original) (3) Rate Album (Year): BUG (2005 US Merge Records – MRG245 Reissue) (3)

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

I liked it.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

J'hésitais entre 2 et 4 donc je mets 3.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

I'm not sure if this is good, but it's certainly fun. I love their sound, shaky vocals notwithstanding. Best track: Freak Scene

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

Someone mentioned that this is like Pavement meets the Pixies and that is a very apt description. I must say I like their later albums better, eg Feel the pain is probably my fave Dinosaur jr song, and I’m a huge fan of J Mascis’ solo work which is very different from their early noise rock sound. Don’t could be traumatizing to listen to.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

I was looking forward to the noisy guitar-centric assault on the ears that they delivered on the last album, but it looks like they dialed it back, taking a more melodic approach this time round. They sound more like a run-of-the-mill grunge band here, but the song-writing is good. I liked Budge and Yeah We Know especially. I had to wait 9 songs to get the assault on the ears I was looking for with "Don't"!

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

Some of the loud experiments bordered on irritating but most of it was OK.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Some decent points but some really low ones. Interesting though.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Too trashy

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

A standard Dinosaur Jr. outing, save for some younger J. Mascis vocals that help the LP evoke an almost heavier Pavement-like sound. No tracks that really leap out, but this band has undeniable chops which mean the album is an enjoyable listen.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Great sounding layers of guitars, and emotive lyrics about the disenfranchised. I can see how this dude had a big influence on the guitar rock styles that emerged in the early 90s.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
3

Pretty cool but also a loooot of noise.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Pretty rockin'!

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Scrappy lofi indie rock. Starts strongly but drops. Not my favourite of them.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Don't was a bit much for me. Overall the album was ok.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Good noise. The album art here really captures the aesthetic of the album well.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Grungy as

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Zeker niet m'n favoriete Dinosaur Jr. album - de beste kwamen een aantal jaar later. En deze is eigenlijk qua productie wel een best taaie dobber. Omdat ik ten tijde van de latere jaren 90 albums vond dat ik het oude werk ook moest checken, heb ik deze plaat al best vaak gehoord. En ik kon het ook nu nog zeker wel waarderen. Maar ook wel een beetje een bijsmaakje....

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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

Enjoyed this one though some of the tracks later on were a bit iffy. Cool bridge between 80s and grunge.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Well this isn’t the band I thought it would be… The album opens with freak scene, its a well written well performed song with mid level vocals. Something I like but doesn’t scream must listen. It slows down a bit with the sludgier no bones, it all feels just very home done it’s a good sonic but the production ruins it and unlike bands like the white stripes this doesn’t feel intentional. They always come feels like dinosaur jr are going pop punk I love it honestly, fine some tweaks could be made to their production and singing but it’s well written and well performed so what do you want. Yeah you know what I am going to say for yeah I know. Let it ride feels like the point a fun yet messy album gets boring; the other raw American bands like nirvana, pixies and the white stripes have much more charm than this band being able to stretch their talents throughout a whole album but this band doesn’t seem like they can. Pond song is a nice enough change with the acoustic guitars being used more frequently making a fast paced but dreamier track. But it’s just another poor sounding song put into this machine of an album. I don’t like the use of multiple singers at the chorus of Budge it just doesn’t work for a band like this. The post reminds me of songs just like talking heads the overload and joy division’s I remember nothing for the verses ( so just morbidly depressed sounding) but the chorus is just generic dinosaur jr so I don’t know that I like this much. I love the attempt to make an interesting noise in the scarily heavy don’t but I hate it it’s near unlistenable revolution 9 tier. The album closes on keep the glove an actually rather happy acoustic note yeah this is the album’s best song! This is like a bug more specifically a lingering fly it’s a short thing that won’t go away getting progressively more annoying as it goes along. But I can’t hate them animals you know!

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Shorter album under forty minutes. I'm a fan of Dinosaur Jr. but this isn't my favorite album of theirs. Still enjoyable just not their best imo.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

3.8

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Okay

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

"Don't" was actually pretty interesting compared to the rest of the album. The only song I liked. You can hear the influence Dinosaur Jr. had on grunge bands that came after

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

blir litt mykje

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Ok, well “Don’t” scared the shit out of me. The rest was a cool fuzzy rocking groove.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Mostly really liked this but they lost me with Don't. It was too much.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

I'm into the grittiness, but it got repetitive. And rough vocals.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Very much carried by the opening track but not a bad album

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Seems kind of ahead of it's time, very grunge. I think I would like it more if I was in the mood for it, but now I'm trying to work

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Sat Oct 29 2022
3

I used to be heavy into grunge rock but most of it has dated poorly

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

When Dinosaur Jr. works, it works so well. On 'No Bones' and 'The Post', the desperation in Mascis' vocals just connects with me somehow. Other times Mascis' singing gets very very very off-tune ('Let It Ride', 'Pond Song'), but it somehow never truly falls in on itself, and the distorted guitar and bass accompanies the rough vocals perfectly. But, I am really not a fan of the NU-metal-ish guitar sound on 'Yeah We Know' and 'Don't' simply becomes too lo-fi and noisy for me, making it impossible for me to enjoy (despise Murph's excellent smashing behind the drums). Had to give my ears a break after this one.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

This is seems like grungy angst to me. It's amusing that someone who can't sing on key is the lead singer of a relatively popular band but that's probably the point. If I was asked to guess the year that this came out, I would have guessed early 90s, so this might be a bit ahead of the curve. but more likely I just don't know what I'm talking about. eat me.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

I enjoyed this, and I do like Dinosaur Jr. - but do we need two albums from them? I think one was enough.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

It's just boring. There's nothing here that stands out or makes a case for its inclusion in the list. Just... meh.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Not very interesting

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Noisy

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

My first exposure to this album was seeing Dinosaur Jr. perform it live at the Ally Pally in 2011. That night they rocked quite hard in a grumpy kind of way. It turns out is an accurate representation of this record. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Freak Scene Date listened: 23/11/22

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Alternativ 80’er indie rock, noise, folk-vibes, elguitar

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

describing it as noise rock is most fitting, as vocals and melody are under constant distortion noise, i guess its a style that can work, but not for me

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Eh, nothing too special.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

2.5 Parece Sonic Youth pero un poco mas crudo, no conocía a la banda y es por que creo que otros monstruos de esa época se los comieron. Tienen un par de rolas bien y lo demás me parece muy estándar

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Entiendo que este álbum es "vanguardista" en la escena del rock alternativo. Para haber sido lanzado en los 80's, tiene canciones con estilos similares a bandas de mucho después como Killers, Green Day o Korn. También entiendo que ese efecto de "distorsión" que prevalece en todas las canciones es como parte de la idea del disco, pero se me hizo cansado y pesado. Especialmente la canción "Don't", creo que llama así por "Don't listen me".

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

this was not it for me. close to giving it a 1. hated the singing.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Old-School Rock, maybe a bit too noisy.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

A bit too screamy for me, I think i listened to it in the wrong context

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Sun Mar 28 2021
2

I'm not a fan. It's noisy punky rock with some nice sounds here and there, but not something I ever want to listen to again

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Bug...I'll just say I'd rather watch Bug in Uncle Buck than this album. Maybe it is because it's an older album of theirs but I was not a fan. I could barely hear what they were saying over the music and most of that music was very one note. Especially for a band named after one of my favorite things, I was bummed. And the album cover is a bug so at least they are consistent.

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Wed May 12 2021
2

Znowu sie spotykamy, odwiecznie znienawidzony noise rock, tym razem gitarki wychodzace poza skale decybelowa sa w duecie z bardzo miekkim meskim wokmalem, ktory brzmi troche kobajnowo jak dla mnie i moze przez to jest dosc atrakcyjny dla ucha, tak samo wokalista jest gitarowcem co rowniez ma wplyw na to kiedy jest brzdakane, a kiedy spiewane, no i banda tylko 3 osobowa, wiec bez fajerwerkow, gitarka drumy i basior jak bog przykazal, no ale na niemal kazdym traku musi byc moment w ktorym decybele wylatuja poza skale, co jest niezbyt przyjemnym uczuciem podczas sluchawkowego odsluchu, dobrze ze jest to tylko 35 minut materialu, a nie jakies potezne double epy jak ostatnie albumiki, na plejaka dodam let it ride, ktory akurat bomby decybelowej uniknal, banda na liste sprawdzenia czy nie odeszli od noisa i nie tworzyli czegos bardziej podchodzacego pod moje ucho

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Sat Jul 03 2021
2

basic basic rock

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Sat Jun 05 2021
2

Honestly had a tough time finishing this, but a 1 did feel too harsh. I enjoyed the first song a good bit, but disliked this more and more as the album went on. Not for me

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Not my thing either really!

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

I'm starting to dislike rock and this album helps me hate it more

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

The first song is good, but then the quality goes down. Too noisy and too much distortion, so everything sounds basically the same. "Don't" is awfully scary.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
2

why dont u

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Nothing special

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

Boring, nothing special

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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

A band that is constantly referenced when talking about bands that I like (most notably, My Bloody Valentine). But I don't get the connection. Because this is mostly slacker rock, not shoegaze like MBV. Putting that aside, I did enjoy this. Some really great Fender clean guitar tones on the verge of breakup. I also like the doubled crappy vocals (in the choruses) and how they contrast with the single-take verses. Adds the thinnest veneer of polish and takes this record from sounding like it was recorded 100% live. Still, though, I'm not sure this sold me on the Dino Jr.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

some good moments but most of the album annoying

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

I enjoyed the instrumentation, cool guitar riffs, I disliked the vocals. I greatly disliked Don't. Favourite songs: none I would add to a playlist, but Freak Scene and Keep the Glove were the two I liked on the album

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

Not as good as Blind Melon

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

5/10

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

Le même album en full instrumental je mettais 4 (pas 5 parce que sur les dernières tracks la satu est immonde). Mais du coup avec le chant ça fait 2.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
2

2/5 no, and maybe irritating.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

Mostly OK, except that \"Don't\" is physically painful to listen to and is literally one of the worst songs on 134 albums I've listened to so far.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

This was pretty rough. I like parts and disliked others. It's for sure a mixed bag for now.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
2

Why don't I like you? I think it's mostly the whiny sounding vocals. Also might be (and I know this makes me sound old) the fact that a lot of this sounds like noise. Wasn't a fan then, not really enjoying it now either. 2 stars.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

Sounds like an OK sixth form band.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

Didn’t enjoy the singing at all, so hard to appreciate the music. I can see that a lot of 90’s alt rock were influenced by this record, so I appreciate the contribution

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Sun Jun 12 2022
2

I do find this grunge genre really dreary. I think Nirvana worked because they used the Pixies blueprint. I feel no love for this. Its fast frantic and unmemorable. I don't actively hate it it just leaves me empty. Not much else to say.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
2

Ze zullen vast van grote invloed zijn geweest op de grunge opkomst, maar ik vind het allemaal behoorlijk rommelig en die stem van J. Mascis is echt niet om aan te horen.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
2

Hoewel er een aantal geweldige Dinosaur Jr platen bestaan, heb ik toch grote moeite met deze bak ruis en herrie. Misschien dat ik op een andere dag meer sterren over zou hebben, maar gisteren kwam ik er niet doorheen.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
2

Very noisy. Not much more to say. It wasn't horrendous but I definitely didn't enjoy it.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

“Bug” is a great title for this album

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

It was fine and I mostly forgot it was playing in the background and then "Don't" came on. Lost a star for that alone.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

This is around the time the 80s stopped being fun. The whole album is a forebearer to the Grunge movement, but worse. The singing here is atrocious, and the music hardly is any better. Good compositions are nowhere to be found. 1.5/5

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Fri Aug 12 2022
2

Actually started out extremely song before heading off a cliff towards the end. Those first three songs are bangers, and it's almost like the band felt that was all the album needed. Not for nothing, but the band's name bothers the shit out of me. So does the lead singer.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
2

"No bones" is right, muddy song-bodies sprawled out with heads stuck to them which are momentarily excellent. The opening fifteen seconds are the fleshiest example. Cover's the best part. Bugs don't have any bones.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

Sorry, this is just not for me. Noise rock? I really tried and "Freak Scene" was not bad but "Don't" was, well, not good.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

As is with most rock albums, I can appreciate the guitar work more than anything else. The production is a bit too noisy for my taste, and the vocals are whiny to my ear (as is the case with much alternative-indie rock). I appreciated the heavier and more melodic moments, but they were too far and few between. The second listening was better than my first, but I still don't see myself returning to this album.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

rock basico

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

Still not feeling rock from this era, the kind of muffled sign. The singer also struggles a bit.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

Some songs are pretty decent. Others are just noise. This is not a great album.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Dinosaur Jr. is a band that supposedly inspired and influenced plenty of 90s groups and genres, including grunge and Nirvana, shoegaze and My Bloody Valentine, or just alt rock with Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead as the most known ones. Dinosaur albums, including "Bug", are regarded as well before its time and revolutionary to the genres mentioned above. But how does it sound now, after around 40 years? Does the music defend itself on its own? The answer is no. The album itself was very uneventful. You could hear the specific droning sound in guitars and vocal, but the songs just slowly blend into one long noisy background sound. I feel like this might be a prime example of band doing something innovative just for the sake of it, without any flesh or substance behind. Just when I thought the whole album will be just yesterday's fever dream, last song came in with a breath of fresh air. "Don't" has an aggressive vocal, more prominent guitars and it instantly wakes you up from the self-induced coma we suffered from the rest of the album. In fact, that last song actually brings down the rest of the record, because it shows how good the album could sound. With all those predicaments taken into account, I can definitely say the album didn't stand test of time well.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

This is definitely good musically but the vocal delivery bothers me and most of the songs don't catch me quite enough to make up for it. Definitely not one I'll be going back to any time soon.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

Nja

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Mon Sep 26 2022
2

While listening to the first few songs on the album, my expectations weren't very high. I thought that maybe it just wasn't for me and considered skipping the album altogether. I'm glad I did keep going because after Yeah We Know, I liked some of the rest better. However, the songs still felt quite repetitive to me, even if I ended up not minding a few of them. I'd be interested to hear some of their other stuff to see if I'd like it more. The songs I liked a bit better than the rest: Yeah We Know, Let It Ride, Don't

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Sun Oct 09 2022
2

Run of the mill grunge

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

S’alright inni?

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

Forgettable, I like the previous album. This on was just fine.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

This may very well be the best representation of 'noise rock' that we have had on this project thus far; it very often seemed to be exactly that: noise. There were moments where I liked this, but the noise factor got old pretty quickly. I didn't even mind that the singer was kind of incoherent in that quintessential 90s alternative way; the problem was that it was SO mumbly that the music was drowning it out, anyway. And when he wasn't mumbly, he was discordant and unappealing. Overall, an interesting precursor to what would become 90s alternative rock, but I was pretty indifferent on this album. Saving the worst for last, special shout out to "Don't", the most noisy and awful song on the album. I almost gave the album a 1 for this song alone.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say, “It’s not for me, but if you enjoy this kind of thing then you’ll love this album.” Only problem is I’m the sort of person who enjoys this kind of thing, and I really did not like this record. It’s punchy, riffy noise-rock, but it just sounds so anaemic to me. The songs themselves are all so average that they don’t really rise above a bad Husker Dü B-side with a noodling solo from J Mascis in the middle. I can see why this record deserves to be on the list. It’s an interesting approach for 1988, but this record has not aged well. “Pond Song” was good though. That’s about it for me.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
2

Well Rock n Roll will never die

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Sun Nov 20 2022
2

This album is ok. I really like the guitar and drums and overall sound of the band, but the singing just ruins it for me. Some songs his singing works and I enjoy them, but for the majority of the songs I didn't like it. Favorite song: Yeah We Know Worst song: Don't

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Mon Nov 21 2022
2

Indie bem executado, até apresenta uma faixa pesada.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
1

alt rock, meh

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