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    While J Mascis built his reputation in the 1980’s alternative rock scene alongside the experimental whims of bands such as Sonic Youth, who repeatedly sang his praises, he’s always adhered to a few conventional methods to get by. Whether recording as Dinosaur Jr. or under his own name, Mascis delivers loud, punishing guitar riffs in delicious tones that overmodulate, fuzz out and wah-wah with little regard for their surroundings. He’s not about to change now. Whether it’s the late-night soul groove in hiding of the title track or the full-on blast-off of the album’s opening cut "Freedom," Mascis searches not for the lost chord, but the ultimate screech. Like his obvious hero Neil Young, Mascis sings as if the world has worn him out and only guitar notes will ably express his elations and frustrations. Which now include, if Mascis is to be believed, skydiving. Mascis is taking "space rock" to a whole other level.

    ROB O’CONNOR
    (October 8, 2002)

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