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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo studio release from Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis features contributions from The B-52s' Ken Mauri and Matthew "Doc" Dunn.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 80
    As usual, the words he drawls are blankly impenetrable – the gorgeous I Can’t Find You could be about friendships, a relationship or his car keys. Still, this is a wonderfully agreeable album and, if you miss the roar, there should be more Dinosaur Jr in a year or two.
  2. Jan 31, 2024
    80
    While it’s unmistakably a Mascis solo album, What Do We Do Now just stands apart from anything he’s done to date.
  3. Feb 2, 2024
    80
    Between his riffy, arpeggiated acoustic strumming and the strongest vocal performance of his career, he cries out, grief-stricken, to hold on to life yet to be lived. With a record this strong so deep into his career, he’s definitely making the most of his own time.
  4. Jan 31, 2024
    70
    While hardly reinventing the wheel with ‘What Do We Do Now,’ J has yet again delivered a set of songs that only an enigma like he could.
  5. 70
    On a record full of sprawling, guitar solos, textural acoustics and steady drums, J Mascis's plaintive howl of a vocal tops off everything, adding one more layer of poignancy. [Mar 2024, p.81]
  6. Feb 5, 2024
    70
    What Do We Do Now is a smörgåsbord of everything we have come to expect from a J Mascis project, and while a multitude of listeners may find themselves clamoring for fresher ideas or a deviation from his tried-and-true formula, it is borderline impossible to listen to the indie rock legend’s latest output and deny that they got what they came for.
  7. Jan 31, 2024
    50
    Fans will hear echoes of his best work, but for most this is a stale, uninspired outing for the legendary figure.

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