You're Living All Over Me
Rmst and Rmst ed.
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Dinosaur Jr.'s first three albums 'Dinosaur,' 'You're Living All Over Me' and 'Bug ' were all previously released by the Homestead and SST labels. The CDs have been remastered and include a smattering of bonus tracks and rare photos. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Mike Watt and Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard contributed to new liner notes. Merge. 2005.
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The ninth track, "Poledo", is really the only one that sticks out from the pack. It's not that the others run together, they just all have the same basic sound, while "Poledo" is definitely a departure, and a bit odd but for the most part it works. Of the other songs, "Little Fury Things" is a pretty fantastic opener, "Sludgefeast" rocks about as much as is likely possible, and "Raisans" is one of the more melodic on the album. "Tarpit" is also notable for its slower than normal tempo. My copy ends with "Just Like Heaven", a Peter Frampton cover that they make their own. Despite liking the album quite a bit, I don't really have a lot to say about it. I don't really have much expertise on this style of rock, I can just tell if I enjoy it or not, and this one totally worked for me.
As a whole, You're Living All Over Me is a more cohesive album than the band's debut. Although the hardcore punk influences were noticeably more muted than on Dinosaur, the overall sound was much more powerful, with the instruments often recorded very loud and with considerable amounts of distortion. While J's guitar, alternating between Black Sabbath-like riffs, squalling solos, dissonant noise-rock and occasional quiet passages, was the main attraction, Lou's bass, melodic, highly distorted and often playing thick two-note chords, competed for attention. Meanwhile, Murph played the drum parts composed by J in a very heavy and powerful fashion, resulting in a unique version of the standard power trio format. J did most of the lead singing, using a detached drawl that presented a contrast with the extreme music. The songs were highly melodic albeit with odd song structures that avoided the typical verse-chorus-verse patterns of most rock and pop songs. Lou also composed two songs: the hardcore-influenced "Lose" and an acoustic sonic collage entitled "Poledo" that anticipated his work with his folk-based side project Sebadoh. And it was after the release of You're Living All Over Me that the band was sued over the use of the name Dinosaur and subsequently added the "Jr." to avoid further legal issues.
The original SST-released version of the album contained only nine songs, ending on the slightly-out-of-character "Poledo," which, oddly enough, served rather well as an ending for such a heavy album. When Merge reissued the album, they added the band's cover of the Cure classic "Just Like Heaven" to close out the album. Their version of the song is unique in that it cuts out completely after 2:53, even though the average running time of the song is 3:32. This move is far less bold than Merge's choice top include a poorly-recorded live track like they did to close out their reissue of the band's debut record. My personal favorite tracks are "Sludgefeast," "The Lung," "Raisans," "Tar Pit," "In a Jar," and "Just Like Heaven." And, if you dig this album, be sure to pick up Chocomel Daze (Live 1987), which has a large selection of songs from both Dinosaur and You're Living All Over Me. The recordings on that album far outstrip the quality of the live version on "Does It Float" added to Dinosaur!