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Label: Play It Again Sam
With Dinosaur Jr.'s 10th album, frontman/guitarist J Mascis lets loose with his signature fury of electric fuzz, but he's smart enough to mix things up a little too. A smear of keyboards overlays the opener "Don't Pretend You Didn't Know," and bandmate Lou Barlow offers up lead vocals in "Rude" and "Recognition." Though purists might still gravitate to their earlier records, there's something between the big choruses and enjoyable whine of guitars that feels like a band who has hit their late-career stride: Just go to highlight "Almost Fare," a breezy tune driven by a bouncing guitar riff.