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J. Mascis & the Fog, J MascisAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: October 24, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ultimatum
  • ASIN: B00004Z44Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sameday
2. Waistin
3. Where'd You Go
4. Back Before You Go
5. Ground Me To You
6. Ammaring
7. All The Girls
8. I'm Not Fine
9. Can't I Take This On
10. Does The Kiss Fit
11. More Light

Editorial Reviews

It was time for J. Mascis to move on from his Dinosaur Jr. days. He may never leave the comfortable environs of his home studio in Amherst, Massachusetts, but at least he can import folks like My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields to add sonic deviation. He'll always sing in that anguished whine that suggests someone is twisting his arm behind his back (or sometimes he'll sound surprisingly like Alice Cooper). As long as he keeps the guitars choogling with his trademark hyperdistorted tone, he'll be OK. "Same Day" employs this strategy with the expected results. "Where'd You Go" and "Back Before You Go" have a Southern rock vibe running through them. Even more revealing, however, are the moodier pieces in which the arrangements head into psychedelic territory ("Waistin," "Ground Me to You") with swirling keyboards and subtler guitar moves. An old dog may not learn new tricks, but he can add some nice twists to the old ones. --Rob O'Connor

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "happy" Dinosaur Jr. record? Must be a concept album. October 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
J. Mascis takes a big risk here. When an artist who has built a career singing epic songs about alienation and sorrow turns in his or her "happy" or "love" album, there is always the risk that it will come across as trite or insincere. There are only 3 possible outcomes from releasing a CD like this:
1. He alienates the core fanbase who were expecting the usual sweeping sorrowscapes. They may think he's "selling out" (as if "happy" somehow equalled "sell-out").
2. He re-establishes himself with folks who dug his basic sound but were turned off by the relentless negativity of his previous albums. However, how many people will be willing to give him a "second chance" at $17 a pop?
3. He brings in a whole new crowd, gets played on Total Request Live, and makes millions. To quote J. himself, "yeah, right".
Given these odds, what would possess him or her to press on anyway, the heck with the consequences? Why, love, of course. Almost every song on this CD is ripe with genuine expressions of woozy joy, made all the more poignant when contrasted to his past work. There is also an interesting subtext to several of the songs here; a dialog between the artist and his fans, in whcih he is gently asking them to "lighten up" a bit.
So, how does J. Mascis do at "happy"? He pulls it off with as much sincerity and depth of feeling that he brought to sadder subjects. Fear not, his amazing mastery of the guitar is strong as ever, but applied in a slightly different way. This is a high-wire act that he pulls off quite well indeed. I am so glad he chose to make this record. Respect must be paid at long last to J. Mascis. Buy this CD and hear a true artist risking everything just to tell you it's gonna be alright after all. This is food for the soul. Absolutely priceless.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "More Light" From a Dark Star October 25, 2000
By Wendy
Format:Audio CD
It's been several years since J Mascis' last album with the now defunct Dinosaur Jr, but his new album "More Light" is well worth the wait. If you're not familiar with this artist, his voice is definitely an acquired taste. His music, however, is an interesting mixture of sonic boom and yearning emotion. The later is displayed on "Ground Me to You" which is certainly one of the best songs on the album. Many of Mascis' songs over the years have centered on painful yearnings about love and relationships and the tortured quality of his voice goes perfectly with this beautiful track. "Waistin'" is another song in a similar vein. If you're looking for guitar pyrotechnics, check out "Back Before You Go" and "Same Day." These are guitar heavy songs with incredible fret work. Another amazing solo can be found on "Does the Kiss Fit," which has a little more of a funky groove than what Mascis usually produces. When J fronted Dinosaur Jr, he also controlled nearly every aspect of the band, often playing all of the instruments on many of the tracks. Clearly a genius, he may also have been a bit of a control freak and the music often seemed bogged down in a sludge of distortion and depression. Now that he is backed by "the Fog," the music seems more creative than on his last two albums. And for virtually the first time on a Mascis creation, there are backing vocals other than his own! There are also pianos, banjos, barking dogs, and other assorted sounds that create an interesting texture for this cd. "Where You Been" was definitely the high point in Dinosaur's career. "More Light" is a return to form for this Boston native. And in a world of alternative music where most current bands are just ripping off ones of the past, this is a refreshingly original album from one of today's most creative artists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No dinosaurs here... October 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Aptly attributed to "the fog", the former Dino Jr. leader returns to the world of electricity with "More Light". His trademark guitar screech (I mean that as a compleament) and crazed vocals are in high form. Mascis may well be one of the few "indie guitar gods", since the genre favors songwriting and posturing more than fretboard antics. Featuring Robert Pollard from Guided by Voices on vocals (not that you can hear 'em)and Kevin Shields from My Bloody Valentine lurking about, this album seems more varied than the Dino days, but still packs a punch. If you get a chance, catch him on his brief tour- Mike Watt is on bass, making it a true "punk supergroup".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back J September 4, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm the biggest basher of post Lou Barlow era Dinosaur Jr. around. I always felt that J lost a few steps after Bug and a few thousand after Where You Been. Sure the later albums had some cool tracks, but the majority was not good. This is J's strongest album in almost a decade...hands down! The production is fresh and clean (Kevin Shields! When is the next MBV album???) and there are some new sounds floating around which hit the mark. J, you've won me back to the fold!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should we be surprised at how good this record is? October 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Upon listening to this record one time through, I can say that it is as strong if not better than any Dinosaur Jr. material I have come in contact with. D Jr.' later albums were struggling to find stand out tracks with strong hooks and melodies. More Light is not light in that respect. Kevin Shields brings a subtle spacy psychodelic sound to the tracks that really give this solo effort a reborn and unique feel. This album is an instant pleasure and Mascis should be commended for an unwavering style that is refreshing given the current trends in music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pollard and Mascis wail
This disc is excellent. The first track with J Mascis and Bob Pollard is about as good as music gets.
Published on February 14, 2012 by The B
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge leap foward
With Dinosaur Jr behind him, J Mascis continues to do the solo act along with the likes of Mike Watt and Kevin Shields. Read more
Published on July 10, 2004 by Paul Kath
5.0 out of 5 stars mascis+3=morelight
Actually, the editorial review mostly says it all: the other two songs are available elsewhere, "Jet Plane" is only on this. So you have to make a decision there. Read more
Published on February 14, 2003 by Jason Tharp
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most amazing albums ever
OK, first off, J mascis is a MUSICAL GENIUS. He is an excellent composer, and although the majority of his better releases were with dino jr, the songs on this album are great. Read more
Published on December 12, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars True to the Dinosaur Jr. legacy
Although Dinosaur Jr. is now extinct, J.Mascis shows he hasn't forgotten where he came from on "More Light," his first album with new band, the Fog. Read more
Published on August 2, 2001 by B Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of a Master
Yes J. Mascis is back! And I have to admit this CD is as good as anything Dinosaur Jr. put out, if not better. Read more
Published on May 12, 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars THAT-A-BOY J
Oh my God.......... I can assure anyone who is a Jr. Fan or for that matter, anyone who thinks they have heard guitars properly played before, to purchase this album! Read more
Published on February 14, 2001 by Donald P St Clair
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You J!
Somebody help me! I can't stop playing this CD. If you love guitars and Dino jr. songs of old, you won't be disappointed. Every song ROCKS!!
Published on January 5, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Album Of The Millenium
Throughout history, genius has gone misunderstood. J. Mascis is no exception. Besides being a revolutionary (he single handedly reinvented his instrument), he is a compositional... Read more
Published on January 4, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than any of the Dinasaur Jr. records!
I never thought J Mascis would be able to surpass his brilliant (and influential) songwriting and guitar playing from the Dinasaur Jr. days, but he has. Read more
Published on December 22, 2000
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