Listen: Dinosaur Jr. — Almost Ready
At the time fading into history seemed the proper thing to do. Dinosaur Jr. had lost the oomph that made those first three records distinctive and vital touchstones to anyone growing up in the Nineties. After that, it was Mascis’ nasal drawl and guitar leading the way to occasional moments of brilliance. But it just wasn’t good enough.
Beyond, their first record since reuniting, isn’t all that great either yet somehow in hindsight it makes me wish that they would’ve labored on regardless, nostalgia be damned, making one bad record after another, mining the same sound, the same material, forever and ever, amen.
So what if that would’ve made J Mascis indie rock’s Peter Frampton? Isn’t he anyway? Consider the alternative. Integrity isn’t a word that comes to mind when I think of Nickelback.