Dinosaur Jr., 'Beyond' (Fat Possum)

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Beyond
Critical Mass
Label: Fat Possum

by Aaron Burgess

It's been ten years since Dinosaur Jr.'s last album, and 18 since founders J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph recorded together; but with Beyond, the once-tumultuous trio's proto-grunge energy surge feels like 1989 all over again. From the swirling haze of "Almost Ready" to the electrocuted folk of "Lightning Bulb," even the production on Beyond (by longtime foil John Agnello) sounds plucked from the trio's Bug heyday. Though the band members have mended fences publicly, Beyond's nervous energy suggests that good old-fashioned tension still lingers.

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