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  • Summary: With sparse percussion and acoustic instrumentation, the Dinosaur Jr guitarist, singer and songwriter releases a solo album of low-key, unplugged tunes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    84
    It's the perfect record to listen to while you sit and wait for the next comet to pass, as Mascis sounds long shy of extinction.
  2. Mar 18, 2011
    80
    After two decades of creating influential music, the fact that this astonishing album features some of his best songs to date makes this as important as it is unfalteringly beautiful. [12 Mar 2011, p. 51]
  3. Mar 11, 2011
    80
    Though his unmatched guitar prowess often overshadows his other tools, Several Shades Of Why highlights his startling talent as a songwriter.
  4. Apr 28, 2011
    80
    Listening with a heart opened with affection kindled by Mascis's warm and defeated drawl, there's much to engage the latent Dinosaur fan looking for a still moment. [Mar 2011, p.52]
  5. An inveterate realist, J Mascis isn't one for romanticism, and there's not a wealth of it to be found on Several Shades of Why.
  6. Mar 14, 2011
    70
    Given that it follows a possible career-best Dinosaur Jr album - 2009's superb Farm - long-term Dino fans will hope that Several Shades Of Why isn't the start of a permanent solo career. But Mascis followers will find plenty to enjoy here.
  7. 60
    For four songs you'll find it tender and comforting – then you just start craving VOLUME.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    9
    This is a great diversion in his catalogue including both his solo and with Dinosaur Jr. You usually equate Jâ