Farm - Dinosaur Jr.
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  • Summary: The second album for the alt-rock band since it reunited in 2005 is its first on the Jagjaguwar label.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Farm actually bests "Beyond’s" triumphs.
  2. As catchy and well-crafted as these songs are, they never feel restricted or overly polished. Each track is given room to grow, stretching into extended intros, impulsive solos, and oft-repeated verses.
  3. 80
    With standards so consistently high, picking further peaks is a tough call but the surging wah squel of 'Over It' and 'I Don't Wanna Go There's' stellar guitar squall also score way up at the top of the scale. [Jul 2009, p.105]
  4. 70
    Apparently, you can go home again, and it's still plenty loud and comfortable.
  5. There’s also no denying the power of their bittersweet, socially inept aggression, and the ferocity of their sound on Farm. But, as truly gifted as Mascis is on the guitar and as surly as Barlow is vocally, this is merely Dinosaur fossilised, leaving you hankering for something a little more daring.
  6. Here Mascis's guitar playing remains as distorted--and dextrous--as ever, but here his songcraft burns as brightly as his fretwork. [Jul 2009, p.121]
  7. At times, Mascis and Co. sound perfectly at home amidst a wall of distortion (see the bouncy, hook-driven 'I Want You to Know'). But for the most part, they sound exhausted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. Nov 13, 2010
    10
    This album is unbelievable, I liked Beyond alot, and this outdoes that album and then some. J, Lou and Murph know how to make 5+ minute songs correctly, they don't sound like repetitive bs that makes you want to move on to the next track, they're unique masterpieces that would take 100's of listens to truly understand all that is going on in them. Here's hoping they make more albums that are even 4/5ths as good as this. Expand
  2. JorgeD
    Aug 16, 2009
    10
    Simply magical album. All the boys bands out there look flaccid against these forty somethings.
  3. tomb
    Sep 9, 2009
    10
    Have you ever noticed that Tiny Mix Tapes hates everything. This record is a f*cking triumph.
  4. JackC.
    Jun 27, 2009
    9
    This is an awesome record. Beyond was good, but I think Farm is more consistent on the whole. It's just a fun record with awesome guitar and some really great hooks. Every song is good, but I especially dig "I Want You to Know" and "Plans." Expand
  5. PapaBox
    Jul 21, 2009
    9
    It's amazing that a band can make a record this good this late in their career (especially after a 19 year hiatus). While it while obviously not have the influence of their late-80s heyday records, I believe this is their best, most consistent, record. Expand
  6. EricC.
    Jul 6, 2009
    9
    I've never been much of a Dinosaur Jr. fan, and I'm definately not a fan of 90% of the "noise pop" scene they helped spawn, but I picked this up anyway and I love being made a fool of in these situations. Farm is unstoppably catchy while never letting up on its sonic assault. This is the rock album I've been waiting all year for. Unpretentious, enjoyable, and musically powerful. May not be a classic like Bug or You're Living All Over Me, but it comes closer than I ever would have thought it could. Expand
  7. JamesA
    Jun 24, 2009
    8
    Not as good as "Your Living All Over Me" and is a little slower than thier previous stuff, but it is still J and Dinosaur Jr. No complaints here.

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