14. Farm by Dinosaur Jr.
By: Richard Trapunski
by Dinosaur Jr.
Don't call it a comeback. Releasing their second album since reviving the classic power trio lineup (Lou, Murph and J, as if you didn't know), Dinosaur Jr. further distanced themselves from the growing pack of half-hearted "reunions" with Farm. Where others have been content to milk their decades-old accomplishments for all they're worth (sorry Pixies fans, but you know it's true), Dinosaur Jr. has now released its second post-reunion album, and not only does it not suck, but it actually measures up there with their late-'80s heyday albums, You're Living All Over Me and Bug.
"Over It" and "Pieces" sound like they could have been released any time in the last decade, while on guitar epics "Plans", "Said The People" and "I Don't Wanna Go There", J Mascis finally seems to have reconciled his hardcore background with his classic rock tendencies and allowed himself to indulge in blistering, unapologetic solos. The fact that these one-time underground heroes can still release this good of an album in 2009 has to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the year.
Video: "I Don't Wanna Go There" by Dinosaur Jr.