I was pretty excited leading up to the release of I Bet on Sky
, Dinosaur Jr.
’s 3rd post-reunion record. Considering the acclaim of 2009’s Farm
, arguably their second greatest record ever, it wasn’t hard to entertain the possibility that Dinosaur Jr. were back for real. What might the lethal combination of J Mascis
, Lou Barlow
, and Murph
create in the wake of such a promising return to form? Before launching into the album, I think it’s important to set the stage for this band. First, with 10 LPs credited to Dinosaur Jr., it seems clear that Dinosaur Jr. do their best work best with the original line-up intact. Perhaps more importantly, J Mascis is as good a guitarist (and songwriter) as one can hear today. In the past (most notably, 1987’s You’re Living All Over Me
) this has meant that his solos take center stage, or perhaps more accurately: the entire stage, for several minutes, on every song. But the year is 2012, not 1987, and we find that on their 10th studio release the tempos…