Dinosaur Jr., 'Farm' (Jagjaguwar)

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by Josh Modell

Years apart didn't kill the spirit of Dinosaur Jr.'s original lineup: Regrouping in 2005, they channeled 1988, with only minor nods to the more refined later era when J Mascis led the way alone. Like 2007's Beyond, Farm sounds like old-school Dino -- gnarlier, snarlier, and better than it has any business being. Mascis can still make his guitar squeal a story, and his mumble has never sounded stronger. Lou Barlow, per the blueprint, contributes exactly two solid, Sebadoh-ish songs. Apparently, you can go home again, and it's still plenty loud and comfortable.

Listen: Dinosaur Jr., "I Want You to Know" (DOWNLOAD MP3)

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