Farm

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Farm actually bests "Beyond’s" triumphs.
  2. Farm sounds like the best alt-rock album that 1993 forgot.
  3. This is one mighty album, one that will tower over others like the green shrubs that tower over the buildings on the cover.
  4. 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.
  5. This is a sound that's utterly unique to Dinosaur Jr., and what's different about them in their reunion is that the group not only realizes their individuality, they revel in it, getting lost in the noise, and it's hard not to get swept up with it, too.
  6. Mojo
    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]
  7. 80
    The solos are majestic and Barlow even contributes a couple of thumpers. Nobody does this better.
  8. Even though Farm may be the album we (should have) expected from Dinosaur Jr., it is still an excellent record that offers a variety of different qualities, while remaining as much fun to listen to as they have ever been.
  9. So, finally, to Farm, which every bit the equal of "Beyond;" maybe even better.
  10. Farm succeeds just where Beyond did, by being an absolutely awesome record. If there’s one thing that can be taken away from it, it’s that we can all relax now and let Dinosaur Jr. do their thing.
  11. They’ve yet to lose it: Farm comes in a bit longer and countrified than its predecessor, but it’s also a more muscular and emotional album.
  12. Frontman J Mascis is more than capable of stirring up a whirlwind of melodic feedback, suitable for heshers of any age.
  13. Mascis's unique talents have ossified into a signature, so discerning any difference between this set of tunes and, say, his solo albums of the early oughts or latter-day Dinosaur Jr. albums is tough work. If, to you, that means more awesome Mascis crunchwork, then be psyched, because this record slays, the rocking is sloppy-yet-tight, and nothing on here would sound like a drag if tossed into a setlist amongst older classics.
  14. 70
    Apparently, you can go home again, and it's still plenty loud and comfortable.
  15. Although Farm sacrifices some immediacy and fire for expansive emotionalism and nuance, the album is a solid addition to the Dinosaur Jr. catalog and one whose highlights may prove even better with time.
  16. Dinosaur Jr. set the standard for convulsive indie-rock guitar fireworks in the Eighties. Incredibly, the band's original lineup--guitarist J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph--hasn't lost a thunderous step.
  17. 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.
  18. Under The Radar
    70
    Farm, the band's second album since returning, may just be enough to prove naysayers and skeptics wrong. [Summer 2009, p.65]
  19. The last half of Farm starts suffering from verse repetition, slower songs never matching the ballast of 'Ocean in the Way.' Farm does reach beyond 2007's "Beyond."
  20. Continues where 2007's sprightly comeback album "Beyond" left off.
  21. It's good to have the definitive lineup back together--and there are thrills galore on Farm--but one can't help wondering if compromise has weakened the group.
  22. It sounds dismissive to say that Farm is, undeniably, nothing more than another Dinosaur Jr. record. Yet it is, and if that assertion carries with any ideas of complacency or stock “rock action,” it should also denote the superb craftsmenship inherent in Mascis, Barlow, and Murph’s work.
  23. As long as you don't mind working for your alt rock fixes, however, Farm is certainly worth the effort.
  24. Alternative Press
    60
    Farm isn't the kind of Dino record that has a keeper single like 'Start Choppin'' or 'Feel The Pain.' Instead, it boasts some of Mascis' biggest departures under the Dino name. [Aug 2009, p.110]
  25. Q Magazine
    60
    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]
  26. 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.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 10, 2016
    10
    I just have to come here and say that this is one of my favorite albums of all time. I know that might seem like hyperbole, but I don't handI just have to come here and say that this is one of my favorite albums of all time. I know that might seem like hyperbole, but I don't hand out 10's lightly. The hooks and riffs on the record can only have been done by experienced rocksmiths just showing people what is worth listening to. Full Review »
  2. 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 songsThis 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. Full Review »
  3. tomb
    Sep 9, 2009
    10
    Have you ever noticed that Tiny Mix Tapes hates everything. This record is a f*cking triumph.