Green Mind

Green Mind

by Dinosaur Jr.
     
 

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After temporarily suspending the band, J Mascis first snuck out "The Wagon" as a Sub Pop single, then a little while later released the group's first major-label album, Green Mind. More of a solo project than a group effort -- Lou Barlow was out and then some, Murph only drums on three tracks, a few guests pop

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After temporarily suspending the band, J Mascis first snuck out "The Wagon" as a Sub Pop single, then a little while later released the group's first major-label album, Green Mind. More of a solo project than a group effort -- Lou Barlow was out and then some, Murph only drums on three tracks, a few guests pop up here and there -- it's still a great album, recorded and performed with gusto. Such a judgment may seem strange given Mascis' legendary image as the überslacker, but clearly the man knows how to balance how to convey himself with getting the job done. "The Wagon" itself kicks off the album, an even quicker and nuttier sequel to the peerless "Freak Scene" -- Don Fleming of Gumball fame adds some of the music and background vocals, but otherwise it's Mascis and Murph cranking it and having a blast. When Mascis goes into one of his patented over-the-top solos, it all feels just right -- this is loud rock music for putting a smile on your face, not beating up people in a pit. The remainder of the album floats and rumbles along in its uniquely Dinosaur Jr. type of way, as apt to find poppy hooks, singalongs, and soft strumming as it is to blow out the Marshalls. Sublime moments include the contrast of sweet acoustic guitar and loud drums on "Blowing It," the fun thrash of "How'd You Pin That One on Me," and the Mellotron-as-flute-tinged stomp "Thumb." If nothing on the album is completely as freaked-out and over the top as "Don't" from Bug, it's still a fine translation of Mascis' art for the commercial big boys. The song titles alone sometime say it all -- "Puke + Cry," "I Live for That Look," "Muck." Mascis throughout sounds like his usual self, cracked drawl ever as it was and shall be.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2006
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227339821
catalogNumber:
73398

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Performance Credits

Dinosaur Jr.   Primary Artist
John Agnello   Background Vocals
George Berz   Background Vocals
Kurt Fedora   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Don Fleming   Guitar,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Sean Slade   Mellotron
Jay Spiegel   Drums,Tambourine,Tom-Tom
Joe Harvard   Guitar,Recorder
Matt Dillon   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gram Parsons   Composer
Chris Ethridge   Composer
Kurt Fedora   Composer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Engineer,Drum Engineering
J Mascis   Composer
Sean Slade   Engineer
Reggie Collins   Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
Byron Coley   Liner Notes
Ginger Dettman   Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
Marc Salata   Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
Matt Abels   Reissue Producer
James O'Toole   Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
Joe Szabo   Cover Photo
Daniel Hersch   Reissue Remastering
Jim Mascis   Producer

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