Dinosaur Jr. - Bug

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Relatively cleaner-produced and more accessible than You're Living All Over Me, Bug expanded on the strengths of its predecessor, and established Dinosaur Jr. as a major band in the American underground. Also a consistently great album - some of his others suffer from having one or two stand out tracks and a bit too much filler. Although the majority of the album is firmly situated in the sprawling, noisy metallic fusion of hard rock and avant noise, Bug also demonstrates that J Mascis has a talent for winding folk-rock, particularly on The Post and Pond Song. The songs on Bug represent a major step forward for Mascis, particularly on the masterpiece of the record, Freak Scene, a surprisingly catchy song encapsulating the appeal and pitfalls of indie rock within three minutes.

Released 03/10/11