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Where You Been

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Dinosaur Jr ~ Where You Been

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With Paul Westerberg's croon and the slacker guitar of a Neil Young, J Mascis is forever assured of critical huzzahs. "Out There" and "Not the Same" are loud, lazy rock & roll, American-style. --Jeff Bateman

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Out There
  2. Start Choppin
  3. What Else Is New
  4. On The Way
  5. Not The Same
  6. Get Me
  7. Drawerings
  8. Hide
  9. Goin Home
  10. I Ain't Sayin


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 9, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: February 9, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MH5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dinosaur Jr fans tend to be split into two camps: those who favor the early, Lou-Barlow-era underground sound of Bug and You're Living All Over Me, and those who prefer the fuller, more finished sounds of the J Mascis-centric Green Mind and later albums. To me, it's all so good that I can never decide which I like better. But although I've listened to every album at least a thousand times, Where You Been has always been the one that staggers me. With an unconscious, sleight-of-hand genius for song structure and melody, Mascis created the strongest songs of his career. Although less driven by impulsive inspiration than some earlier stuff (like The Wagon), these songs are more finished, and Mascis has brought in an uncanny knack for instrumentation to add layers of mood to otherwise simple songs. Out There, for instance, is just a basic five-chord folk progression, but those static guitars and stop-rhythms turn it into an epic. Start Choppin, On the Way and Hide are so original that there is simply no analog to them in contemporary music. I have to close with a tribute to Not the Same, the mysteriously oft-maligned ballad; I don't think I've ever heard a sadder or more beautiful song. The whole album leaves me in awe.
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This work is undoubtedly a most underated album. It is as close to a studio masterpiece that I think Dinosaur Jr. was capable of, and all studio polish is used as it should be used...to add to the impact of a song, and not to define a song. The Album starts off on a high tempo note with 'Out There'- a blueprint of layered guitars and longing lyrics to follow. 'What else is new' is a confession of desperation leading into the beautiful acoustic wind-up of the song, and the majestic masterpiece 'Get Me' is a true classic for all who were in in our late teens during the early 1990's. An album that has withstood the test of time, at least in my CD collection.
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To start off with, I must say that I am not one to blurt out grandiose declarative statements about the greatness of something. I will have to make an exception in the case of D.J.'s Where You Been. I first discovered Dinosaur Jr. back when this album first came out. I heard them on the radio and was mightily impressed. I really hadn't heard anybody quite like them before. At this time, I was very much interested in the grunge movement, particularly Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. I also found I had a strong interest in the Pixies, and a mild interest in Sonic Youth, both of whom hailed from the same Mass. area as DJ. While I still enjoy all of these groups for myriad of reasons, the one group I never tired of was Dinosaur Jr. and in particular this album. I actually started out loving "I ain't saying", but when I bought the cd I lost interest in it. I really dug "Start Choppin'" for its simple bubbly rhythm. For me, "Get Me" is a real gem with its astounding guitar solos and mutterings of J. Most of the other tracks are very good. Easy to listen all through. The thing about DJ that I have always found comforting is that vocally it invokes a sort of "throw my hands in the air" apathy that has carried me through some pretty tough times over the years. Besides, I could actually sing along and very often it would be of a quality near par to J's(lol).
The music is enough to make even the most dedicated lyricists overlook the scratchy, oft-out of key vocals and generally incomprehensible words. I would argue that the lyrics and vocals are part and parsal to the overall DJ experience, though.
I have purchased this album twice, and am getting ready to buy another copy of it.
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I first heard Dinosaur Jr., when Green Mind came out and was a casual fan. But when Where You Been came out, I was blown away!! Nobody wraps more emotion into a guitar solo than J Mascis. The highlight for me is "Get Me" which just builds and builds to angst-filled, screaming guitar solo as the song closes .... and the chorus "... you're not going to get me through this, are you?" leaves me utterly drained. I've read the other reviews hear and cannot at all agree with those who think this is a week DJ effort. There is not a bad song on the album ....... I can't say that about Green Mind or any of their post-Where You Been efforts...
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This is my favorite album of all time, that might surprise some, but it just happens to be "that album" out of all the albums I have — that no matter what mood I'm in, no matter how uncertain I am of what to listen to, no matter what type of music I'm into at the time — that always satisfies me.

I've heard the argument over and over about how this is the worst Dinosaur Jr. album and that the earlier stuff prior is way better, but honestly I believe that the reason for this is simply because prior to Where You Been, Dinosaur Jr. were regarded as punk, and that with this release they got grouped into the whole grunge scene. This I feel is unfair, I highly doubt that Dinosaur Jr. intended that, they simply made a great album that happened to get sucked into the vortex that was grunge at the time.

From start to finish this album is amazing, I'm really glad that I finally got it on vinyl — I had the feeling it might be out of print, but luckily that was not the case. So many hit potential song are on this record that my only disappointment is that it wasn't as big a hit as it could have been, and more disappointingly, is the fact that Dinosaur Jr. never quite surpassed it — but that is one of the downsides of truly amazing records — they are hard to top.

When I think back, the first time I got this album while still living in South Africa, it was on a horribly noisy bootlegged cassette tape where the last song was cut off half way, I then searched for years to no avail eventually finding the CD in a little record store in Taipei City and now years later I finally have it on vinyl. Out of all these experiences, not surprisingly, having it on vinyl is by far the best.

I'd highly recommend this album if you are a fan of Dinosaur Jr. or if you really love 90's music and want something truly exceptional that you might not have explored yet, to relight those years the best way possible — with a little 90's Dinosaur Jr. fossil fuel!
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