Daily Archives: January 11, 2010

248. Dinosaur Jr – “Without a Sound”

So I sat listening to this third and final Dinosaur Jr album while in a hospital waiting room today.  Why I was there is not particularly important (but fear not dear readers, I was not the ailing one, nor is the patient in question in any bad way).

It was amusing, however, was that said album opens with a very appropriately titled track – Feel The Pain.  Said tune is a classic J. Mascis effort, with a killer (but simple) riff and languid vocal.  In the spirit of the doctor-filled setting of this review, it also is one of the rare alt-rock classics to feature a golf-themed video clip (see below).

I’d forgotten how well this album opens, with the lovelorn I Don’t Think So second in the order.  This masterful portrayal of masculine pain demonstrates how Mascis shares that finely-balanced of  vulnerable yet axe-wielding and dirty-haired angle that Kurt Cobain portrayed so well.

To follow this with a track like Yeah Right which is a very frank description about an ambivalent relationship is brilliant sequencing.

The rest of the album is not as engaging, but still a nice contrast with the earlier two for the relatively sedate and measured sound.

Here’s that golf-cart flick:

File under: A sneaky treat