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Several Shades of Why

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Listen To Me
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Several Shades Of Why
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Not Enough
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Very Nervous and Love
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Is It Done
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Make It Right
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Where Are You
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Too Deep
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Can I
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What Happened
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Douglas Wolk

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Douglas Wolk writes about pop music and comic books for Time, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired and elsewhere. He's the author of Reading Comics: How Gra...more »

03.11.11
J Mascis, Several Shades of Why
2011 | Label: Sub Pop Records

Given that he's spent the past quarter-century playing in some of the loudest bands in the world — most famously Dinosaur Jr. — it's a little surprising that J Mascis has finally made a solo acoustic album. But that's not quite what Several Shades of Why is. It's a solo record aside from a host of guests, including Kurt Vile and members of Black Heart Procession and Broken Social Scene, and… read more »

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solid album, but didn’t really move me.

Wombat2000

J Mascis still holds a spot as one of my favorite songwriters I first ‘met’ in the 1990s. While I think his Dinosaur Jr music really works, I love his acoustical work. Martin and Me remains one of my favorite albums I encountered before Grad school. Among my favorites on this new album are “Not Enough,” a plaintive song for a lover and “Is It Done” has a really good hook. That said, all the songs sound really similar and none stand out as all that great to me. A solid album, but didn’t really move me.

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j mascis

EMUSIC-00A18E6A

i actually like this better than some dinosaur jr because of its bare bones sound. good stuff. i bought it from amazon for $2 less that emusic... it's unfortunate that they are no longer the site they were when i joined 4 years ago

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j mascis

EMUSIC-00A18E6A

i actually like this better than some dinosaur jr because of its bare bones sound. good stuff. i bought it from amazon for $2 less that emusic... it's unfortunate that they are no longer the site they were when i joined 4 years ago

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Soulfull, sweet music

anherorevolution.com

J Mascis has an excellent voice, perfectly suited for this genre of music, and Sub Pop Records as a label. Each song makes you feel fairly happy, which is great, and it has a sweet vibe to it, however it drains its own originality as you listen to the entire album. At some points I was questioning whether or not I had been listening to the same song multiple times, which is not a good thing. Other than that, I feel it has enough diversity in it to justify purchase, but not enough complexity and originality track-to-track to hold attention for long.

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sc shagger

shagdog

i was surfing music it isn't shagging music but i like the sound. 69;s like sound. nothing to shag to though. we need shag music. big joe turner. snooky pryor. jimmy reed that kind of music

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It's good

theenddecay

Read my full review here: http://earbuddy.blogspot.com/2011/03/earbuddy-review-j-mascis-several-shades.html

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Laid back & easy

Rustyhooks

Great album to showcase J's melodic gifts to those who find Dino Jr to be a bit too noisy. J's hooks and songcraft are on organic display. For hardcore guitar fans of J. looking for some of that You Tube "Ammaring" magic where he hits the pedal and lets rip, there's little of that to be found. Pentatonic shredding is sacrificed for tonal explorations. No matter. Any J is good J and this won't dissapoint. For fans of this album check out J and Friends Chant for Amma, you'll probably dig that too.

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Best album Dinosaur Jr never made

DrSkimeister

Sonic guitar, haunting vocal. Excellent album.

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This is J! It has got to be good!

johnnyd121212

If you like Dinosaur Jr, you will like this. J solo and acoustic is still J!

eMusic Features

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Icon: Dinosaur Jr.

By Jess Harvell, Contributor

If things had gone differently, J. Mascis might be a death metal god. Mascis's early '80s hardcore band, Deep Wound, recorded only one demo and one 7-inch single, but they were so fast, so bracingly violent, that they've become holy objects among fans of extreme metal. Instead, Mascis found a guitar, formed Dinosaur Jr., discovered he was a natural tunesmith; he brought old-school virtuosity into punk and helped create what we now call indie. Not… more »

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Icon: Dinosaur Jr.

By Jess Harvell, Contributor

If things had gone differently, J. Mascis might be a death metal god. Mascis's early '80s hardcore band, Deep Wound, recorded only one demo and one 7-inch single, but they were so fast, so bracingly violent, that they've become holy objects among fans of extreme metal. Instead, Mascis found a guitar, formed Dinosaur Jr., discovered he was a natural tunesmith; he brought old-school virtuosity into punk and helped create what we now call indie. Not… more »

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Behold the Shoes: A Brief History of Shoegaze

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

No, it's not a great name: "shoegazing." Very few artists who've actually played in that style like the term; Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai has called it "a dumb term made up by clueless... idiots... if someone called us shoegazers, I'd be pretty unhappy." The other leading candidate seems to be "dreampop," which is also not quite satisfactory. But we're stuck with those words, because it's undeniable that there's a certain tendency in rock music, especially British… more »

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Despite being best known for the skull-crushing volume of his work with Dinosaur Jr., J. Mascis has dabbled in acoustic music in the past, most notably on his 1996 album Martin + Me (Martin being his acoustic guitar). But Several Shades of Why is easily his most accomplished and best-crafted acoustic album to date, as well as one of his most tightly focused collections in years. Several Shades of Why’s ten songs are rooted in Mascis’ acoustic guitar picking, and rather than simply stripping his amp-blasting tunes down to a quieter arrangement, most of these songs appear to have been written with an acoustic in mind, and his elemental but lively melodic figures are surprisingly nimble and shine in this more subtle and dynamic setting. Mascis has also brought in a handful of gifted acquaintances to join him on these sessions, including Kurt Vile on guitar, Sophie Trudeau on violin, and Pall Jenkins on keyboards, and while the musicians have left the right amount of space in the songs, there’s just enough detail in these performances to give them an impressive depth and texture that serves them well. Mascis has never been known as an especially lucid lyricist, and this album hardly challenges that assumption, but the tenor of this album speaks to a more sincere and mature emotional core than much of the writer’s previous work, and as mushy as his vocals traditionally are, here he doesn’t reach for effect, but simply speaks to his heart and mind. Several Shades of Why isn’t an album that sounds grandiose, but it’s a strong and thoughtful work that features plenty of fine songs performed by a gifted guitarist with an equally capable ensemble by his side. If it isn’t quite a masterpiece, along with Dinosaur Jr.’s surprisingly strong reunion albums, this suggests Mascis has been quietly enjoying an impressive career renaissance, as if the venerable slacker has discovered something welcome in the onset of maturity. – Mark Deming

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