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Without A Sound

Dinosaur Jr.Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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 (March 27, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: August 30, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire/Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002MTC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Feel The Pain
2. I Don't Think So
3. Yeah Right
4. Outta Hand
5. Grab It
6. Even You
7. Mind Glow
8. Get Out Of This
9. On The Brink
10. Seemed Like The Thing To Do
11. Over Your Shoulder

Editorial Reviews

By now it's clear J Mascis has nothing of any great import to say--or mumble, considering his vocal style--about the human condition. As a noise merchant, however, he again exhibits the rare ability to reenergize the standard guitar/bass/drums lineup. No major departures from earlier outings, though juxtaposing the lilting "Outta Hand" with the primal screamer "Grab It" is a neat touch. --Jeff Bateman

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Without A Sound by Dinosaur Jr.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unfairly lambasted, pretty record August 24, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Without a Sound is an album full of tender melodies, occasional fuzz, and atypical guitar restraint. At its release in 1994, critics took J Mascis to town, labeling him a self-parody and has-been. The accusations didn't make sense, for the most part. They pointed to a song like "Feel the Pain," with its lyric "I feel the pain of everyone, then I feel nothing" as megalomaniacal, or at least misguided. Why? Mascis never went on record as saying the song was autobiographical. If anything, coming on the heels of Kurt Cobain's suicide, it seemed perhaps about him. Perhaps not, but I pretty much just thought the song was catchy. Nothing wrong with that. Other standouts on the album include the circular, acoustic "Outta Hand," the squealing "Grab It," and the album's closer "Over Your Shoulder," an obvious and touching tribute to Mascis' dad, who had recently died. Critics complained the album had a phoned-in quality; is it even possible to half-assedly write a song to your dead father? Mascis' singing has improved greatly; it had never bothered this intrepid reviewer, anyway, but Mascis has smartly learned to put a female harmony behind his indisputably pretty, gentle melodies to great affect. Mascis also has a great sense of percussive flourish; he knows how to hit the drum harder after a line to put an exclamation point after an emotion. The album's only frustrating quality was that Mascis seems reluctant to let go of his signature rock guitar sound. The album appeared lost in a no-man's land between a power-pop gem like Matthew Sweet's "100% Fun" and Wilco's mostly acoustic, very organic, and slightly rural pop keeper "A.M." Strangely enough, the album almost seemed to have an Uncle Tupelo nod. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flop? Yeah, right, I don't think so... December 1, 2003
By Andrew
Format:Audio CD
Where You Been and this one are the only Dino Jr albums I own and I like them both. However, since critics seem to get an abnormal pleasure chewing this one up, I decided I needed to defend it.
First of all, J. Mascis comes up with the most creative guitar riffs that I have ever heard. He uses a combination of quirky rhythms and finger blistering guitar solos to create some of the most original rock music ever recorded. His guitar style has gone so far as to even influence the guitar geniuses in Sonic Youth who admit that their song "Teen Age Riot" (off of Daydream Nation) would not have turned out the same way without their acquaintance of J. Mascis.
More importantly, the songs on this record tend to sound similar but if you've listened to the album enough, you can always tell what song you're listening to at any given point whether your ear is engaged in the slow trudgy riffing of "Get Out of This" or the the hazy melody of "Mind Glow."
Mascis does a good job of mixing up the tempos of the songs and even throwing in some calmer acoustic songs like "Outta Hand" and "Seemed Like the Thing To Do." My personal favorites are "Even You" and the closer "Over Your Shoulder" which usually has me on the verge of tears every time I listen to it.
Where You Been might be a better album and its opener, "Out There" might be the best Dino song ever, but this record doesn't get the credit it deserves.
PS. Despite what you might have heard, Mascis does not sacrifice any of his fretboard skills to concentrate on his vocals, seeing as the same Neil-Young-on-too-many-drugs-at-once guitar solos are still present on this record as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I love this album. There's hardly a bad song on here. I still can't figure out why people think this album is not very good. In all honesty. you really can't go wrong with any Dino Jr. album - so even if it DID suck (which it doesn't, I assure you), it would still be Dinosaur Jr., and better than most music out there today. "Feel the Pain" was the song that made me discover Dinosaur Jr., so I guess I owe all the credit to this album right here.

Pick it up, you won't be sorry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mascis songbook in the dollar bin November 6, 2005
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Too bad everyone is too cool to enjoy this album on its own merits. Basically a solo album, J Mascis plays nearly all the instruments on a sturdy and enjoyable batch of original tunes. The songs may have more of an amber glow to them than the SST albums (recently remastered and brought back into print by Merge), which tended to be more spat out and propulsive. But the songs, performances, and production here are consistently good. The amount of derision heaped on this album should have been saved for some other, truly deserving awful record.

Oh well, the hipsters' loss is your gain. I foresee the songs from this album being revisited and covered by other artists in the near future. They lend themselves well to a wide variety of styles.

Pick this one up from the dollar bin and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I suggest you "Grab It". August 8, 2004
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I admit this isn't my favorite "Dinosaur Jr." album, but it's still pretty good. Who cares if it doesn't sound like their very oldest stuff. This does include possibly their/his biggest hit "Feel The Pain", not to mention other great pop-grunge tracks like "Outta Hand" and "Mind Glow". Plus one of their best mellow songs is on here also, "Seemed Like The Thing To Do". I'd actually suggest this to old fans and newcomers alike. Plus some of the artwork is by "Woody Jackson".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soooooooo good!
Freakin' amazing album. First one I've ever heard by DJ, second was Where You Been. Because of this album I've become a big DJ fan, which doesn't include a lot of people around my... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dinosaur album ever .......... well except for all the others
Awesome album ...... looking forward to seeing a few of the tracks performed live in March when they tour ..... Should come with ear plugs for the live gig!!!!.
Published 19 months ago by Rupert Hartill
5.0 out of 5 stars All Good
This product was exactly as advertised. i recommend wholly. A++++. It is all good for me. (more words to appease, though nothing more to say).
Published on April 22, 2011 by j a buckenmyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Less pound in sound
3 1/2

I find this at least as good as their previously, better received offering. Slightly more restrained, focusing more on mellow agreeability than distorted... Read more
Published on May 3, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars These reviewers are crazy, great great great album!
I have just about all of the Dinosaur Jr. albums. This one is my favorite by far. Everyone is hating on this cd and I don't get it. Read more
Published on January 6, 2008 by Jason Krug
4.0 out of 5 stars behind the times
Took a chance on this bargain bin gem. It is the first time I have heard this band, but I thought it was fresh and listenable the whole way through (at 10+ years old) . Read more
Published on February 27, 2006 by JRay
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, still good
This was my first Dinosaur JR CD and one of my first CD's period so I have found memories. I bought it mainly for the song "Feel The Pain" which starts off the CD. Read more
Published on December 2, 2005 by M. Buisman
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
I saw Dinosaur Jr. In either Blender or Rolling Stone, then I came online and listened to "Feel The Pain" I loved it right away. Read more
Published on June 2, 2005 by Angelic Scars
1.0 out of 5 stars JUST GOT IT, ITS A STINKER.
I just bought this thing today because I'd been lookin' for some D Jr after I saw them on the late late show. Read more
Published on May 4, 2005 by E. Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Dino Jr. Still Rocks
I'm new to the land of Dinosaur Jr still, but I can't say this album is terrible. It's still good stuff, but not all too original. Read more
Published on August 20, 2004 by jacktheidiotdunce
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