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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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Great album... Mascis doing his thing!!! I actually like his latest stuff the best!Published 14 months ago by Corey Knoepfle
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
With Dinosaur Jr behind him, J Mascis continues to do the solo act along with the likes of Mike Watt and Kevin Shields. Read morePublished on July 10, 2004 by Paul Kath
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 morePublished on February 14, 2003 by Jason Tharp
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 morePublished on December 12, 2002
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 morePublished on May 12, 2001 by Matt W.
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 morePublished on February 14, 2001 by Donald P St Clair
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
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 morePublished on January 4, 2001