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You're Living All Over Me

Dinosaur Jr.

1987

You're Living All Over Me
Album Summary

You're Living All Over Me is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr. It was released on December 14, 1987, through SST Records. A refinement of the formula introduced on the band's debut album Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me features drawling vocals paired with loud guitars and driving rhythms. The album was well-reviewed upon release, and is now regarded as a high point of American rock in the 1980s.

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3.04

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Genres

  • Indie
  • Rock
  • Grunge

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Wed Sep 22 2021
1

Do people like this band unironically?

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

If I had a time machine, my priority would be making my 16-year-old self listen to this absolutely masterful recording. After that I'd go back and kill Hitler etc.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

I was in a band on e with some guys who were really into D.Jr. and that band suffered from the same issues as D.Jr. does which is that, while the musicality and technical skill are quite impressive, the overall effect is less than enjoyable. In fact, after a few tracks, I found myself just exhausted from following along. There's too much going on, too many time changes and mismatched parts. Again, it's really impressive from a musical standpoint once you stop and pay attention but that same action will leave you just worn out. It's just not an very enjoyable experience.

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Wed Oct 14 2020
5

Is it perfect? No. Does it try to be? No. Does it hit you like a wall of crushing bricks, with great melodies buried behind the Marshall stacks? YES. Perfect imperfection.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

Amazing album. You can hear the influence on so many diverse genres from shoegaze to grunge. All bangers too and Poledo is such a wild closer.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Another I'm familiar with, every track's been on my playlist at one point or another. Kinda burnt myself out on this album but i still appreciate the songwriting and shit

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Noisy, thoughtful, and full of energy, this album hits a perfect sweet spot for me. The guitars in particular were so damn good. Looks like I have a new band to dive into.

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Sun Jul 02 2023
5

This is exactly why i love this site. Didnt even know this Album existed. Never heard of the Band before. But holy hell this albums rocks from the moment you press play. Vocals are a little weak , yes, but the instrumental part of this album is absolutely amazing. 5 / 5

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Fabulous. Melodic noisy rock, actually tuneful and tasteful. Love it

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Fri Dec 30 2022
5

Loud, noisy, crazy, but absolutely excellent. It's raw and unclean and perfectly unashamed about this fact. To me the first half of the album is the strongest, but it was still excellent all the way through. I really liked this a lot and will come back to it. Favourite: Sludgefeast

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Wed Jan 25 2023
5

For me, this album is easily in the top 10 electric guitar album of all time. The mix of super harsh guitar noise with super melodic passages really showcases the full range of the electric guitar. The solos are awesome and badass and most songs sound fierce and very cool. The guitar also feel so effortlessly played. J Mascis is so freakin' nice man. The only downside is the last song, Poledo, which I find boring and useless in the track list. AWESOME 9,5/10

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Really powerful noise with rock solid guitar work. I think I like this general sound all the way.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

It's like the Rosetta Stone for MBV and Nirvana in some ways. Wow.

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Fri Apr 07 2023
5

Fuck yeah. I could listen to this entire album with just the instrumentals and be very happy still. They play hopscotch with punk and alternative, and that will always make me happy. Favorite track: In a Jar

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Sun Aug 20 2023
5

This album sounds like sewer sludge. In a good way, of course. I don't know why my brain enjoys when the audio quality sounds like total shit. Helen Keller on the mixing serving up straight fire 🔥 5/5 and I will not elaborate further.

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Wed Mar 13 2024
5

Only heard a handful of the tracks off this one before. It has the energy of going to see a local band you've heard about or know somebody in, and you're maybe a little apprehensive, but then the show rules, just absolutely rules. Later Dinosaur Jr. is catchier, this has more wild spirit. Rating is relative to this list and for being from 1987. Would probably not be a 5 on the list of underground albums to hear before you die, but it is here. music: appreciated. (⌐■_■)

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

I know of these guys but I've never actually listened to them. Indie darlings AFAIK. Baseline 3/5. Ok, I was NOT expecting this to rule. haha. It starts out sounding like my bloody valentine-type shoegaze-y pus, then from "sludgefeast" (best track by far) onwards it fucken smokes. Big fuzzy guitars, thick tones, drummer not afraid to venture beyond the snare, songwriting a fun mix of indie and doomy rock. It's also satisfying in a cynical way to hear an OG indie band so obviously influenced by old school heavy metal when so many latter-day indie/alternative bands (who ripped these guys off) wouldn't be seen dead listening to metal, lol. Buuuuut, two things hold this album back: the track ordering is dumb (the first 2 songs are a *fucking* slow start), and old mate *really* can't sing. Thankfully he doesn't try to much either, but still. Wouldn't have hurt to get someone on the level of whoever sang for the Lemonheads, or soul asylum etc. Fuck, Mark Lanegan could've made this amazing. That being said, it's good enough otherwise anyway to get a 4/5.

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Wed Nov 15 2023
3

Nr. 37/1001 Little Fury Things 5/5 Kracked 4/5 Sludgefest 3/5 The Lung 4/5 Raisans 3/5 Tarpit 3/5 In a Jar 3/5 Lose 3/5 Poledo 1/5 Just Like Heaven 3/5 Average: 3,2 Started out great, but fell off towards the end for me. Wtf is Poledo

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Gran álbum, ya no me acuerdo quién me había recomendado Dinosaur Jr., pero es todo el ruido que SÍ me gusta. "Little Fury Things", "In a Jar" y "Just Like Heaven" mis favs por ahora. "Poledo" se pone de miedo, pero igual gran mood. 10/10

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Perturbador do jeitin que eu gosto!!!

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Otro de mis discos favoritos. Llevamos una buena racha de buenos discos, después de varias cosas que fueron muy WTF porque están en esta lista, pinche mediocridad.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

Really enjoyed it and will listen to some of their other albums.

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Sat May 22 2021
5

Favourite band, favourite record of theirs!

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

It's good. In a Jar is probably my favorite.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

De naam van de band kende ik van horen, maar nog niet echt bewust naar hun muziek geluisterd. Maar de loeiende gitaren met veel distortion vielen goed in de smaak

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

Their album Bug had a bigger impact on me back in the day, but this was is also a masterpiece.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

This was the first Dinosaur Jr record I heard so it set the standard high for their subsequent releases and this remains my favourite album of theirs. It's loud, noisy and it hits hard. It's not a perfect record by any stretch, but it came at a time when alternative music was starting to get attention, pre-grunge, pre-Nirvana and it gave me hope that music was more than pretty faces, pretty songs and pretty boring music. I still listen to this album, a lot and if you do, play it loud, loud LOUD!

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Un gran disco de una banda influyente del grunge, un sonido muy particular que esta entre los 80 y los 90, uno de los temas que me gusto más es The Lung.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Loved this one. Great guitar work all over it. You can also hear the roots of late nineties to mid 00s emo/screamo/indie rock bands on an album like this. Closing it out with a cheeky The Cure cover is the cherry on top of this one.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Classic Dinosaur Jr album, I never liked it as much as I liked Bug, but in particular the prototype shoegaze elements are great and it is still a 5-star album of course.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

I love Dinosaur Jr., and this is a great album, especially the cover of Just Like Heaven.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Brilliant, with a clear influence on many of my favourite bands - most obviously nirvana but also Biffy and pavement.

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Thu Jan 05 2023
5

Never heard of these before. Would've absolutely loved them when I was a teenager, surprised I hadn't heard them before. Haven't had enough stuff like this on this list so far so they're getting a high score... Too much classic rock! Kinda early grunge I guess? You'd think they influenced Nirvana by the sound of them. Thought Sludgefeast, the lung, raisans and lose were the best tracks. The cover of just like heaven wasn't bad either. I'm going to listen to more of these, seems they were more punk earlier on.

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Thu Jan 05 2023
5

My favourite album so far since I joined this. Familiar with later DR stuff but this is entirely new on me and I loved every second. They nail the whole distorted lofi indie rock while still being melodic. I use the word ‘influential’ a lot on these little reviews, but it’s difficult not to hear bands that followed (like Pavement, Built to Spill, Grandaddy, Dismemberment Plan etc.) take influence from this. Totally class.

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Thu Jan 12 2023
5

I listened to this at the exact perfect moment in my life

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Sun Jan 29 2023
5

Can't beat that review that says that this LP is "like the Rosetta Stone for MBV and Nirvana in some ways". Of course, Jay Mascis' voice is downright terrible at times (his singing got better in subsequent releases, fortunately). But the guitar work is just so fascinating and extreme, and both are part of that formula that pointed the way towards the spontaneity of "alternative" nineties as a welcome reaction to the all-too glossy aesthetics of eighties. And this, three years before said nineties even started. Besides, I feel that there are not too many albums from 1987 that truly deserve a 5-star grade for their artistic accomplishments. There are Sonic Youth's *Sister*, Depeche Mode' *Music For The Masses*, Prince's *Sign 'O The Times* or The Cure's *Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me*. Therefore, I'm happy to add *Your Living All Over Me* to that short list. Number of albums left to review: 664 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 164 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 78 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more essential to me): 93

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Sun Mar 05 2023
5

When you've been listening to an album for years that has shaped your taste in indie rock, how do you give an accurate review? I saw Dinosaur Jr live in late 2021. In preparation, I listened to all their major and recent albums. And as consistent as they are in their discography, nothing could top this game-changer. Every track here has had an impact on me, and I can still sing along to J's whiny voice on half of these songs. These songs rock hard, with a lo-fi grungy guitar that takes the forefront, unlike most other forms of rock at the time, and their experimental use of the lead guitar would influence later indie rock. It's melodic and complex, with songs going through many stages. I can name 10 memorable moments from many of these songs to the point where I always have something to look forward to on every repeat. Even the least memorable track "Lose" is still a fun and wild track with an incredible chorus near the end. The whole album is a wild experience. Just listen to how they transition between songs like "Kracked" to "Sludgefeast." They give you no time at all, and several of them are like like this, getting straight to the action with a memorable noisy hook. It's one of those albums that comes off as abrasive but after listening to it many times, you can pick out all the channels and it becomes dreamy and calming. Kevin Shields took a lot of inspiration in the development of shoegaze, and you can hear it in many songs like "Tarpit." Would I kill to hear a full version of "Just Like Heaven"? Yes, but also it's hilarious they also do the abrupt stop to close their concerts.

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Mon Mar 20 2023
5

Love the rawness, this will grow on me over time. Wish I ran across this back when I graduated high school.

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Mon May 22 2023
5

Dinosaur Jr are incredible. Elements of so much stuff I like is present here. I only know a few of their songs really but they're so good. This is a great listen. Just as with Sebadoh I'm going to have to give this and Bug several more listens.

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Tue May 30 2023
5

Perfect blend of noise with enough hooks to get you through.

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Fri Jul 07 2023
5

Enjoyed this one. Heavy guitar distortion and messy sound. Sounds like it could be a lot more recent than 1987, showing how influential their music was in indie/rock scene. Reminds me of early Biffy Clyro which I love. Highlight was Little Fury Things + bonus points for the Just Like Heaven cover.

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Fri Sep 08 2023
5

Hell yeah Dinosaur Jr. Fantastic indie shit

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Fri Nov 03 2023
5

Incredible experience. I can only imagine how amazing it would have been to hear these guys live in 1987 back when this album was new.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

This album is fantastic. Loved every minute of it. I've known about Dinosuar Jr for a long time but never gave them a proper listen, that was a mistake.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

I'm a little obsessed with this one. Very Nirvana

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Fri Nov 24 2023
5

Wow, just immediately floors me every time. everything on this record is insane from minute one, going from gorgeous proto-shoegaze to hardcore punk (that drumming!). only down spot is poledo, but ive come to like it over time. love this album.

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Mon Nov 27 2023
5

Sensational album. I've been aware of Dinosaur Jr. for a long time, even catching a bit of their set at Download Festival many years ago, but I've never actually sat down and listened to their stuff. Turns out it's excellent. Who knew?

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Thu Nov 30 2023
5

This is everything I like in rock music in a neat little package. It’s loud it’s noisy it’s melodic & it’s not afraid to get experimental. This album will always be a favorite of mine

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Thu Dec 21 2023
5

Little Fury Things is worth a five on its own. The blueprint of all good rock of the last three decades. Admittedly I seldom listen to the whole thing, but the opening five tracks are top damn notch

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Sat Jan 20 2024
5

Dinosaur Jr.'s 2nd album is perhaps the best album of the. Even better than the upcoming brilliant 'Bug' it still is one of the best albums of the late 80s. Simply a beauty after all these years.

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Thu Feb 08 2024
5

Noisy in a good way. The Pixies and The Beavis Frond come to mind. This is the first album so far in this list I've listened to more than once. The cover of Just Like Heaven might be my favorite version of the song I've ever heard.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
5

You can hear grunge being born on this album. Amazing.

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Mon Feb 19 2024
5

Mmmmm... wooshy guitars. Mmmmmm lofi recordings. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm the most delicious type of noise.

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Wed Feb 21 2024
5

Love love love. See my thoughts on the last Dino Jr record we did. Wow can you imagine if we get even more Dino Jr on this list? What a treat.

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Mon Feb 26 2024
5

"You're Living All Over Me" is the second srudio album by American alternative band Dinosaur Jr. A good description of the music is "drawling vocals with loud guitars and driving rhythms." Critics have hailed this album as a high point in American rock at this time connecting 80's alternative rock to the grunge and shoegazes genres. The band is J Mascis (guitars, vocals), Lou Barlow (bass, vocals) and Murph (drums). A wha-wah swirling and fuzzy guitar open "Little Fury Things." Echoes screams sounding like they're underwater. The song's meaning is blurry but maybe about a stalker. On "Sludgefeast," J Mascis layers his distorted, feedback infested guitars. Deep bass and drums. You couldn't get this from the title but he's trying to connect with a girl. "The Lung" was the first Dinosaur Jr. song I heard. It sounds great. A bass start, melodic guitars and then it takes off fast. Various guitar solos and breaks. I have no idea what this is about. "In a Jar" has a quick drum opening. The bass and rhythm guitar carrying the melody. Interesting lyrics as it tells the relationship of a pet and human from the pet's perspective. The last song "Poledo" has Lou Barlow on lead vocals and the ukulele. There's handclaps and the song breaks down midway through and we get 2 1/2 minutes of feedback and weird noises. Maybe, it's their attempt at pyschedelia. This album is lo-fi, slacker and raw and I love it. Mascis' guitar takes off at just about any time. He uses lots of feedback and distortion: hence, the influence on shoegaze. I know I mentioned this on the "Bug" review but Barlow and Murph are more than able to keep up with Mascis and sometimes steal the song. A hard call, but definitely up near the top of Dinosaur Jr.'s catalog.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
5

Great album. Used to listen to Dinosaur Jr way back when but never had this album - feel like going back in time to tell myself to fuck whatever else I was listening at that point and to go and buy this album

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Fri Mar 15 2024
5

I managed to miss this band because my weird brain had somehow merged them with Jurassic 5 (I guess there is a prehistoric theme going on there...). When I read 'Dinosaur Jr', my brain instantly gave me "playground tactics, no rabbit in a hat tricks..." So quite surprised to put on the album and hear noise rock rather than hip hop! A good surprise though - I listened to it three times in a row and will definitely check out their other stuff.

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

When I heard this album all those years back, I couldn't do too much with it (that voice!) and it started to feel a bit boring after the 4th song. So where I followed bands like The Melvins, this band never stayed really with me. But I'm glad I now gave it a second listen. And then a third. And at the time of writing this, now my fifth. And I'm completely converted. The lo-fi wall of rock noise jumps straight into your living room, the unpolished but virtuoso solos are making you sit up and an immense creativity in the songwriting just adds to it. Even the voice adds to the sound. What a landmark in rock history!

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Sun Apr 07 2024
5

Never saw the appeal here as a mid 90s teen. Amazing how prospective changes. I'm a big noise rock fan now and this is nothing less than a seminal entry in to grunge catalog. This is super melodic and filthy at the same time.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
5

It's like being smothered by a blanket made of psychedelic concrete. I think my love for this album is multifaceted. Without this, we don't get My Bloody Valentine and shoegaze. We don't get a band like Nirvana, and most of the nineties more than likely. It's also just... beautifully noisy. It sounds so loose, but every note feels like it is where it needs to be. Bite me. I've seen Dinosaur Jr. before and enjoyed them, but man, maybe I should've just listened to them before. Favorite tracks: "Sludgefeast", "Tarpit"

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Mon Sep 28 2020
4

un peu violent, pas tout écouté, mais bien dans l'ensemble

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Thu Dec 10 2020
4

tarpit ending is cucumber jonesish

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

I was just watching some videos about this era in alternate rock history yesterday, so this feels very appropriate. There's just something about the energy of this album that I really like. The vocals don't blow me away, but I love the guitars and drums. 4/5

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Had to give it a few listens. When it works for me, it works well. It feels like just a little bit more "off" and it would be bad, but it holds itself together for me just enough to be likable. Like on songs "Knacked" and "Sludgefest". The delivery on some songs like around 1 min+ on "Little Fury Things" is rough. But in general, I like the garage-lofi-distortion-noise onslaught. I'll have to dig into them a little more.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Ahead of it's time, preceding much of the sound of the 90s. Only reference points from that time I can think of are The Meat Puppets and some of the more melodic songs by Sonic Youth where Thurston sings. Both bands also on SST at the time. Odd ending to the album feeling cut off.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

One of the greatest indie guitarist

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Messy raucous noise rock drenched in squalls of feedback. I can definitely see this won't be to everyone's taste, but I dig it. Can certainly hear the influence it had on shoegaze... Fave track - "Little Fury Things", for sure.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

This is one those bands that I've known about for ages but never really gotten around to actually listening to it. Now I did and found that this is some enjoyable alt/noise/indie kind of thing. Nice melodies and lots of fuzz'n'overdrive.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Nice, echter Kracher im letzten Stück

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Pues chido, o sea las primeras canciones me la pasé bien, pero luego ya fue un poco como lo mismo y terminé algo aburrido.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Raggedy, smart, and ahead of the curve

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

I enjoyed this. Early grunge, good noise.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Around the same time that Sonic Youth was transitioning from no-wave experimental rock to noisy alt rock, Dinosaur Jr. was in full-force with this second studio album. It's a tidal wave of sound and distortion, as the guitars sweep you away while the drums keep time. It's almost a comforting kind of noise, opposed to the dark and haunting noise of Sonic Youth. One if the big problems with the metaphorical wave of sound though is that it tends to wash over you and get a little same-y. The obvious differentiator though is Poledo, a bizzare sound collage mixed with a heavily-degraded tape recording of a simple folk song that closes the album. Crazy! Overall definitely worth the listen for the overall tone being presented.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

Rough gut aber wirklich auffallend schlecht gesungen

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

Erreicht mich Jahrzehnte zu spät, aber cool!

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

I loved this album: very pre-grunge era rock which sounds kind of like early Nirvana, got great beats to it and the heavily distorted guitars make my lil heart sing. Can't give it five stars because as a whole album, I don't think the songs fit together as well as they could have.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Crunchy distorted guitars and crazy vocals. I love this. Will listen again. The cure cover is amazing and hilarious.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Like the band a lot, I love the vocal style and instrumentation. Wouldnt recommend the album to everyone though

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Very metally lol. Couldn’t understand most of the lyrics but liked the music

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Sasvim dobar album. Odlična gitara, tu je i Lou Barlow meni jedan od najdražih lo-fi artista. Volim ovakvu vrstu glazbe, podsjeća na Sonic Youth u valovima. Prve tri pjesme su super. Odlično zaredano. Nema mnogo pjesama na albumu što više cijenim nego da nabriju do ibera album sa nekim lako skipanim pjesmama. Sve u svemu jedan jako dobar album.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

This was surprisingly good. Strong hard rock, metal and grunge vibes (Nirvana pretty much copied Dinosaur Jr’s sound). ‘Poledo’ sucks and feels like an afterthought, but the rest of the album rocks. Good stuff.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Really good. A bit noisy and annoying at times, but mostly has a lot of good melodies and good songs

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Good to listen to when you want to punch someone in the throat 10/10.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

Damn this is a good album I've listened to it before probably 5 times or so and it never really grabbed me....until this time. Great melodies, great songs and I love the Cure cover. O found the thin sounding production but this time I could listen beyond it. So close to a 5 but ultimately a strong 4 🌟

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Interesting. Little Fury Things is an excellent opening track.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

El álbum me ha flipado, algunas guitarras suenan genial, juegan mucho con el concepto de ruido y pedales de guitarra q no son tan comunes, el cover de the cure me ha gustado tb mucho además de q el corte a la mitad de la canción me ha sorprendido mazo, al final me he guardado más de medio álbum en la biblioteca. BT: Little Fury Things (1) Sludgefeast (3) The Lung (4) Raisans (5) In a Jar (7) Just like heaven (10)

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

This album was 50/50 for me. 50% great songs and 50% not so good. The good ones were really enjoyable though. And their cover of Just Like Heaven was pretty great.

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