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Free So Free

J. Mascis & the Fog, J MascisAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 8, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artemis Classics
  • ASIN: B00006JNDK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Freedom
2. If That's How It's Going To Be
3. Set Us Free
4. Bobbin
5. Free So Free
6. Tell The Truth
7. Someone Said
8. Everybody Lets Me Down
9. Say The Word
10. Outside

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe Everything You Read October 25, 2002
By Rappers
Format:Audio CD
I have just read three, horrible scathing reviews for this record. Now I'm not really into writing reviews, as you usually find only people who really love a record will review it so in terms of bias you're getting alot. Thing is, I have to defend this record. I'm from the New School where I prefer J's output since "Where You Been" rather than before it. Ok the last Dinosaur records weren't great I admit. "More Light" was a fantastic record and easily topped his Dinosaur output. Now here comes the follow up. It's more of the same really, strong melodies, set to crunching grunge guitar and blistering solos. "Feel So Free" & "Bobbin" are really cool tracks & "Everybody Lets Me Down" is effortless powerpop which sounds so simple but few can pull it off as effectively as J. For the 3 previous reviewers who gave the record 1 star, go back and listen to your 80's indie records as you've obviously not moved on from then. For me "Feel So Free" is a moving record with an engrossing concept of freedom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pebbles and weeds May 28, 2003
By Hickory
Format:Audio CD
All Im gonna say is that I have been into Dino jr since the early to mid 80's when they realeased their self titled. Every album offers something new and something different (especially the CD single take a run at the sun.) People always wanna compare post 'where've you been' to pre 'where've you been', well you know what it's pointless to do so. Lou Barlow's sound had such an effect on the first few albums that you could eventually tell J wasn't into them so much (because the bass lines slowly sank behind the guitar riffs) so they split up. Lou went to his own bands (sebedoh, etc...) that allowed for his sound but Dino jr has and always will be the music expression of j mascis. With or without a band he would have released the cd and had it sound his way ( and i believe he has played every instrument on a cd before -- check the liners). This CD deserves 5 stars because it is J doin what he does best...make music. At least he is still making music for our ears because there are so many other bands that made music then that I can't stand listening to now. So buy the damn CD, you'll enjoy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feeling let down December 27, 2002
By B Sharp
Format:Audio CD
When I heard J. Mascis had released a second album with his new project, the Fog, I was elated to say the least. The Fog's initial effort, 2000's "More Light," was fantastic and confirmed my membership in the life-long Dinosaur Jr. and J. Mascis fan club. I saw J play tracks from "More Light" live in Houston and it only confirmed how strong the songs were and how much I can't seem to get enough of J's guitar work.
Unfortunately, that's not been the case with "Free so Free." From the labored feel of the opening cut, "Freedom," to the unparalleled redundance of the word "freedom" itself, the album just seems to be missing the usual brilliance and heart-felt emotion that have characterized J's previous work.
I have played the album three to four times, searching, looking and hoping for that spark that permeates classic Dinosaur Jr. cuts and even the Fog's first release. But I keep coming up empty.
Listening to the album becomes an exercise in pushing the skip button, forever moving to the next track in the hope that a hidden gem will surface that so far has been overlooked.
At moments, it appears a diamond will surface. A hook here or a melodic chorus there jumps out and I'm just about convinced the track is going to be yet another J. Mascis favorite.
But then the hook dies, or the chorus gets swallowed by a bored verse, and I'm left wondering where it went.
Even so, the album is not a complete letdown. There are moments of greatness, moments when J hits the overdrive and pushes his guitar to limits that few guitar players will ever reach.
That's the case on "Say the Word," the album's ninth track. J launches into a wah-wah laced solo that is nothing short of exceptional.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Free So So August 15, 2006
By Sacco
Format:Audio CD
'Free So Free' isn't a great album. Its not exactly bad either, just kind of middling. J Mascis hasn't really created a great set of songs since 'Green Mind' or maybe 'Where You Been?' both with his band Dinosaur Jr. This set of song isn't really all the different from where he left off with that band of his last album as J Mascis & the Fog. Imagine Neil Young only more of a slacker and virtually none of the anger. Only that probably unfair to J as his own distinct personality is for better or worse stamped all over 'Free So Free'. He spins of some incredible solos left and right, not so much spectacular virtuosity as quirky bits of twisted flights of fancy (not that J isn't a brilliant guitarist, he is).

The best song and the only really great one is 'Everybody Let's Me Down' a song J should have (some might meanly say already did) write years ago during the grunge explosion when it probably would have been a massive hit. Elsewhere this is tired album, full of songs about relationships that are breaking of have broken down and about breaking out of the ruts in life whether it be depression or just old habits. If you're not a big Dinosaur Jr. fan then I probably wouldn't recommend it, and even if you are only get it if you're a completist or you prefer the later albums than band put out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Recovery rock?
When I hear the words "faith", "pray", and "God" in a song, I notice them - strange that other reviewers haven't mentioned J's increasingly religious lyrics. Read more
Published on April 28, 2009 by P. Couture
4.0 out of 5 stars sleeper
just had to write a review of this album. i nearly didn't buy it based on some pretty harsh reviews i'd read about it on amazon. Read more
Published on July 16, 2006 by W. Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars I give this 5 stars a 5 stars out of 5.
I bought Without a Sound at AV thrift in Lancaster when I was about 16ish and it pretty much changed what kind of music I would, henceforth, ever listen to. Read more
Published on December 27, 2005 by Galumpagus
5.0 out of 5 stars celebrating open potential
Here is something completely different: a wonderful, joyous album celebrating those who define life on their own terms. Read more
Published on October 23, 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Junkmedia Review - Freedom rock
Just say the name J Mascis and all the old Dinosaur Jr. fans start debating when people should have stopped listening or buying their records. Read more
Published on February 21, 2003 by junkmedia
5.0 out of 5 stars j is king
j is truly king. i have been a huge fan of the man behind dino and the fog. his music has touched me in profond ways. Read more
Published on December 8, 2002 by alan shepard
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Everybody Lets Him Down
I too am surprised by some of the negative reviews Free So Free is getting. I would agree that J Mascis can be a bit hit and miss but on Free So Free, IMHO, he is rocking' solid... Read more
Published on November 4, 2002 by Mr. S. Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars J Mascis Beyond Art
J Mascis and his new line-up "The Fog" have been hammering out the negative feedback from an MTV mega generator for two years now with the release of "More... Read more
Published on November 2, 2002 by James Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars almost flawless
I have to start this review by saying that this album will dissapoint many, but it didn't with me. One reviewer called Free So Free "lazy and uninspired"...it isn't so. Read more
Published on October 31, 2002 by leuk
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