So what's clear about More Light? Well, it's Mascis' best -- with some of the best damn guitar-rock -- since Dinosaur Jr.'s 1993 album Where You Been. The third song, "Where'd You Go," echoes the earlier title, and the entire album echoes the sound: sludge-drenched solos that put even Built to Spill's Doug Martsch to shame.
Several tracks on More Light cyclically recall some of the early-'90s sweetest sounds, produced by bands that were no doubt influenced by Mascis' early work. "Back Before You Go" could be an Urge Overkill track, while the country-lite keyboard tinkering and mandolin-like vibrato of "Ground Me to You" touches on Pavement/Silver Jews territory. But Mascis makes them his own with a wash of '70s AOR and fuzz, complete with cracking vocals (after all, these guys are too worked up creating guitar squall to hit high notes).
With More Light, J finally provides another guitar album that screeches but never screeches to a halt. Nothing fuzzy about that.
J. Mascis + the Fog play the Planet Jam Cotton Club, Wed., Oct. 25.
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