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  • Summary: The 12th full-length release for the Massachusetts rock trio was produced with Kurt Vile.
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  1. Mojo
    Apr 27, 2021
    80
    Another excellent installment. [Jun 2021, p.87]
  2. Apr 21, 2021
    80
    There’s nothing on here quite as catchy as Tiny from Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, but that may well be because this is a more consistent effort, an album full of highlights that reminds us that being ​‘lovely’ and ​‘loud’ aren’t mutually exclusive qualities, while furthering one of the most consistent catalogues in rock.
  3. Apr 19, 2021
    80
    While long-gone are the sonic textures of the band's early years — replaced here with some novel and resourceful instrumentation — the group's second (and now longest) run has been unbelievably solid and unimpeachable.
  4. Apr 21, 2021
    80
    While the current lockdown has certainly affected the band, the mix of melancholy/yearning leading towards wonder/delight has always been at the heart of Dinosaur Jr.’s sound. Now those styles inform Sweep It Into Space with a vivid sense of the isolating present while gazing at hope on the horizon.
  5. Apr 22, 2021
    75
    When you turn on a Dinosaur Jr. record, the thinking goes, it should always sound like a Dinosaur Jr. record. I’m happy to report that Sweep It into Space does, in fact, check this box.
  6. Rolling Stone
    May 6, 2021
    70
    Ear-bleed guitar glory and woolly-headed grandeur from J. Mascis and Co. [May 2021, p.76]
  7. Apr 23, 2021
    69
    Sweep It Into Space has all the ingredients for a pleasant listen, while doing little to separate itself from the rest of their discography.

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  1. May 7, 2021
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Remarkably, their 5th album since their reunion is the most consistently strong yet. Mascis' voice has never sounded so strong and Kurt Vile's thoughtful input to the record's production lifts it to a higher plain. Expand