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I Bet On Sky

Dinosaur Jr.Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearing "Don't Pretend You Didn't Know" with keyboards, it's clear from the moment he starts his vocals that this is the one and only Dinosaur Jr., long reigning kings of Amherst, Massachusetts (and anywhere else they ... Read more in Amazon's Dinosaur Jr. Store

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B008L5FFNI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Pretend You Didn't Know
2. Watch The Corners
3. Almost Fare
4. Stick A Toe In
5. Rude
6. I Know It Oh So Well
7. Pierce The Morning Rain
8. What Was That
9. Recognition
10. See It On Your Side

Editorial Reviews

I Bet on Sky is the third Dinosaur Jr. album since the original trio J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph reformed in 2005. And, crazily, it marks the band s 10th studio album since their debut on Homestead Records in 1985. Back in the 80s, if anyone has suggested that these guys would be performing and recording at such a high level 27 years later, they would have been laughed out of the tree fort.

The trio has taken everything they ve learned from the various projects they tackled over the years, and poured it directly into their current mix. J s guitar approaches some of its most unhinged playing here, but there s a sense of instrumental control that matches the sweet murk of his vocals (not that he always remembers to exercise control on stage, but that s another milieu). This is head-bobbing riff-romance at the apex. Lou s basswork shows a lot more melodicism now as well, although his two songs on I Bet on Sky retain the jagged rhythmic edge that has so often marked his work. And Murph...well, he still pounds the drums as hard and as strong as a pro wrestler, with deceptively simple structures that manage to interweave themselves perfectly with his bandmates melodic explosions.

After submerging myself in I Bet on Sky, it s clear that the album is a true and worthy addition to the Dinosaur Jr. discography. It hews close enough to rock formalism to please the squares. Yet it is brilliantly imprinted with the trio s magical equation, which is a gift to the rest of us. For a combo that began as anomalous fusion of hardcore punk and pop influences, Dinosaur Jr. have proven themselves to be unlikely masters of the long game.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't have come at a better time September 27, 2012
Format:Audio CD
There's so many feelings in my day to day life that can't be expressed to others. Maybe I can try to explain it, but there's no one who can relate to me or comfort me more than a song. And so I listen. I listen to a lot of music. I'm drawn towards what I'm feeling strongly or felt strongly at a time. And right before "I Bet On Sky" came out, I was drowning in the flood waters left behind by the girl that used me and ditched me in the drain. It consumed me- this unrequited love and the sucking of my affections until I wasn't needed anymore. I'm not going to go into much more detail than that, but let's just say I was a mess and I was swirling into darkness. I cried, I screamed, I couldn't sleep well at night. So much anger, so many things left unsaid. All that clawing effort. I had listened to many great records that I could relate to. So many. But maybe none so accurately nailed it like J Mascis's pristine vocals and his deep, deep lyrics. That's always been the highlight of the band for me, every release. I'll tell you something you should already know- J Mascis is good at guitar. And when I say good, I mean mind blowing. They've been saying that since the first record, so there's no need to elaborate there! But on this record especially, though, J's lyrics about desolation, waiting, waiting, waiting, losing, trying, failing, wondering, falling, all surrounded by those absolutely mood setting guitars, bass, and drum work, all so beautifully tied together to make a record that made sense to me. It makes sense to me still. Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dino's amazing 2nd act continues! September 18, 2012
Format:Audio CD
'I Bet on Sky' is the 3rd cd since J, Lou, and Murph got back together and, defying all expectations, made fantastic new music. This, like 'Beyond' and 'Farm' continues their winning streak. It's got everything you want from Dino Jr. - great riffs, wonderful melodies, J.'s unique voice, 2 great Barlow tracks, and of course, guitars guitars guitars. No one in the alternative rock world can solo quite like J. There isn't anything groundbreaking here, and for me at least, I don't need that. These guys are masters at what they do, and they do it well. If you are a fan, you'll love it!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Workman Effort September 18, 2012
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Been a Dinosaur Jr fan since time began. Let me first say that the song "See It On Your Side" is a classic. It's what I come to Dino for - powerful, a touch of melancholy, amazing solo, the whole nine yards. The rest of the album, unfortunately, I find to be rather so-so. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad album. It just lacks that bite; the intangibles that make you want to come back and listen again and again. Suffice it to say this is one of the few Mascis/Dino Jr albums I probably won't be listening to on loop. You will like it, and more than a few songs will grow on you, but it's not quite as good as Farm, which I could simply not stop listening too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaurs rule the earth once again October 12, 2012
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It's not often a band can deteriorate so quickly and so publicly then come back together after 15 years and be even better than they were at their pinnacle. Many bands have attempted this feat but have never succeeded the way Dinosaur Jr have. After the original line up of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph crumbled under personal issues Dinosaur Jr continued to great success through the 90s with Mascis and Murph till 1994. Murph left and then there was one. Mascis kept the fire stoked and continued on, recording albums by himself throughout the 90s as Barlow went through several therapy sessions called Sebadoh and made a name for himself as a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with(and someone who just needed a hug). In 2005, by some miracle and despite all the resentment between Mascis and Barlow the original line up reunited and put out the excellent Beyond. It didn't feel like a money grab. It felt like three guys that found their way back home. To prove the naysayers wrong, 2009 found Dinosaur Jr back in the saddle yet again with the even better and more ambitious Farm.

The reunion was over. The Dino boys were back in full swing.

2011 saw Mascis releasing a mostly acoustic solo album called Seven Shades of Why to much acclaim. A great, intimate album full of Mascis' ever present sleepy delivery and in Neil Young mode. But then a few months ago album art appeared online for a new Dino Jr album. Then an album title was shared. I Bet On Sky. First single `Watch The Corners' was presented as a shining example of what happens when a band can put their personal differences aside and do what they do best: play music. Finally after months of waiting I Bet On Sky has been released and is here to tell us one thing and one thing only: Dinosaur Jr is back, so deal with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 for 3! January 29, 2013
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Since the original guys got back together this is the best one. Beyond and Farm are great , like I said 3 for 3 but this has the whole Dinosaur package to a tee. Melodic , noisy, great songs in general and plenty of J's fretwork. Keep it up guys.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
just ok
Published 3 months ago by Joseph P. Raiche
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably should be a 5'er
I give this one 4 stars because, out of the D-Jr. records in this decade, it's not as good as the other two, what I give 5 stars.

And also, because he played a keyboard. Read more
Published 10 months ago by vvv
2.0 out of 5 stars You do what, now?
When I say I love you, you say "you better you bet". Who remembers that song? Who remembers the next part that goes "your tongue keeps licking my nose, and chewing up all those... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kermit Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD!
This is rock at its best. Close your eyes while listening to this CD and you're automatically transported back to the awesome music of the 90's. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Shadow of the Fallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but not as bright as their last two studio albums.
This album is "darker" than "Beyond" and "Farm". It's nowhere near as bright and air-y as those last two albums. But it is still a great album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Review and Update
UPDATE****
Nope, after the fourth listen it finally started gelling to me. I think the album is fantastic. Again, it was my own self-hyped expectations. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great.
As a lifelong fan and based on how great the last few albums were I was a little let down by this one. It's good and I'm glad I have it, but not on the same level as the last two.
Published 19 months ago by Chuck
4.0 out of 5 stars A newcomer to DJ
Good straight up rock. A very latecomer to this band. Will be checking out more. Recommended to any one who likes Neil young and thinks there aren't any contenders to his crown.
Published 21 months ago by Mike Rudge
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dinosaur Jr.
After listening to this album I feel like I have been transplanted to the early 90s. It may be 20+ years, but these guys are on top of their game. Read more
Published 21 months ago by josh le
4.0 out of 5 stars Fuzz Pop Hard Candy
At first listen I wasn't sure about this, but it turns out to be a well-crafted, hard rockin', noisy-candy album from the coolest band to survive the pleistocene. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lars Kinchler
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