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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.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on April 28, 2009 by P. Couture
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 morePublished on July 16, 2006 by W. Crabtree
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 morePublished on December 27, 2005 by Galumpagus
Here is something completely different: a wonderful, joyous album celebrating those who define life on their own terms. Read morePublished on October 23, 2003
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 morePublished on February 21, 2003 by junkmedia
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 morePublished on December 8, 2002 by alan shepard
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 morePublished on November 4, 2002 by Mr. S. Kenny
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 morePublished on November 2, 2002 by James Simpson