Posts Tagged ‘old dogs- new tricks’

Some people would avoid writing about a band that have broken up (before getting back together) and were formed before David Blumberg was born, the lead singer of Yuck, a band  I think they’re similar to.  Maybe it is- but I think it would be a good way to prove that I can talk about a band that aren’t just arriving into the music world but in fact the complete opposite – they’ve been around for over a quarter of a century (including when they broke up). I’d like to show that I can write about a legendary band, not just a new one.

What I really like about the sound of this band is its simplicity – yet they have an ability to play good music that reminds me a lot of Yuck (though Dinosaur Jr are even more simple).

The album from a musical point of view packs a real punch of retro with 70% of their songs over four-and-a-half minutes. Yuck may bring a strong sense of modernity to their music but they also are very retro, which makes them retro, if that makes sense… I also notice this tendency in bands like The Black Keys, especially songs in Little Black Submarines.

I’m really into the album format and cover. You can definitely see the concept, it’s supposed to give the image of many people feeling too clustered together. I really like the image of the bird on a finger by one of the faces. But I’ve found the lyrics in the album outstandingly disappointing. I really can’t see into them and just sort of feel they sing these lyrics to fit the rhythm of the music 

        “Hey me watch the corners,
watch me ’cause I know what you done
hey me don’t you know
watch me ’cause I’m all alone”

Thanks for reading, I’d really appreciate any feedback on how anyone interprets the lyrics I posted just above.

Dinosaur Jr- Almost Fare