Green Mind

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ├╝berslacker, 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ├╝berslacker, 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/5/1999
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 090317344829
  • Catalog Number: 902512
  • Sales rank: 218,757

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Wagon (4:54)
  2. 2 Puke + Cry (4:27)
  3. 3 Blowing It (2:44)
  4. 4 I Live For That Look (1:56)
  5. 5 Flying Cloud (2:35)
  6. 6 How'd You Pin That One On Me (4:24)
  7. 7 Water (5:38)
  8. 8 Muck (4:15)
  9. 9 Thumb (5:38)
  10. 10 Green Mind (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dinosaur Jr. Primary Artist, Track Performer
Don Fleming Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Sean Slade Mellotron
Jay Spiegel Drums, Tambourine, Tom-Tom
Joe Harvard Guitar, Tape
Technical Credits
J Mascis Producer
Sean Slade Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best dinosaur jr album!!!!

    Green Mind, the first all-new Dinosaur Jr album to appear after the infamous spilt with Lou Barlow, was released during the Spring of 1990. The timing should have been fortuitous, poised right at the cusp of the grunge onlaught. But despite J Masics' more poised songwriting, the album, laced with rough production values and rambling song structures that still seemed to bear the stamp of the Barlow collaboration, was still too remote for audiences, so instead of becoming the standard-bearer for the alternative movement, Green Mind was subsumed by the Nirvana/PearlJam tidal wave. Shame, too: this was probably the most manically inspired album of Mascis' career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Circa 1990

    The Wagon, which in later years seemed to become an emblem for the band itself (listen to ''Quicksand'' from Whatever's Cool With Me), is so rollicking and spontaneous that it feels as if Mascis wrote in his head simultaneously with recording it. Blowing It, typical of J's ability to switch phrasing and rhythm without ever breaking the tempo of the song, is the musical equivalent of rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time. Flying Cloud, with its open suspensions and remote vocals, probably recalls Neil Young more clearly than any other song Mascis wrote. All in all, this is a must-have for any grungeophile.

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