Remember though, that Green Mind was basically J’s show from start to finish. I believe that Murph played drums (ie, played J’s written drum parts) on a few on the songs.
I’m not saying that J doesn’t/didn’t know how to play bass, but the bass lines are very secondary. Then again J wasn’t trying to turn the bass amp up all the way to overpower the guitar amp, like some former Dinosaur Jr bassist we know <img>
I do agree though about the being produced part. I’m sure WEA/Sire gave him a little bit of money to play with and he actually wanted it to sound a little more professional. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
‘waiting for the kid to come out…’ – Spoon