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
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  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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  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

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