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20 Watts Best of 2009 #9: Dinosaur Jr.’s Farm by Isabel Alcantara
December 21, 2009, 1:46 pm
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Dinosaur Jr.'s Farm is #9 on our Best of 2009 list.

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TOP TRACK: “Pieces” 

In defiance of popular trends, Dinosaur Jr. released Beyond in 2007, the first record with the original trio since 1988, to boisterous praise and enormous success. While many were skeptical of the band’s reuniting release (because who isn’t skeptical about revivals?), the results were a nostalgic ride through a distant past of pioneering alternative rock, narrated by the melodic drawl of lead singer J Mascis

Two years later, they returned with Farm, another album that rivals the surprise of Beyond. Farm kicks off with the animated track “Pieces,” and maintains a steady pattern of sprawling solos and heavy, loaded riffs – the easily identifiable sound that built the band in the first place. The record is filled with captivating melodies and catchy hooks in songs like “See You” and “Friends,” giving it an overall pop-y quality, which is not necessarily new, but certainly littleexplored territory for the band. 

Don’t let the pop-like undertone fool you though. The tracks are hearty and energetic, but – in true Dinosaur Jr. fashion – they seem to lack overly polished sounds and instead provide a fuzzy yet bright combination of melody and unapologetic solos. The album contains a solid number of anthemic songs (“Over It” and “I Want You to Know”) while “See You” and “Said the People” slow the pace near the middle. 

They said it couldn’t be done two back-to-back albums that contain enough musical heft to make this 80’s college-rock-alternative band remerge with an air of rejuvenation. And yet, here is Farm, with Mascis unchanged vocals and a brand new album, jam-packed with potential. 

— Isabel Alcantara

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