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Elastic Days

J Mascis

Elastic Days

Fourth solo album from the Dinosaur Jr alt.rock mainman featuring guest vocals from Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy and Zoë Randell(Luluc)

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Weary, anhedonic introversion delivered in a cracked Neil Young moan, and primal blues rock guitar soloing, are packed into perfect pop structures
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  2. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    An unmistakable prettiness penetrates the noise
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  3. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Elastic Days is Mascis at his most playful and fun, further adding to one of the most accomplished back catalogues in the history of indie rock

  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    This will probably be labeled a folk-rock record, but at its core Elastic Days rocks. As always in the expanding world of Mr. Mascis, rock is alive and well — it's the only way to be
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  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    No frontiers are breached, but Mascis's cracked vocals and melancholic melodic turns only get more affecting with age. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Even at 52, this Dinosaur senior is a miracle of ongoing evolution. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    A deft, creative return imbued with pointed emotion
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    Who could have predicted that he’d one day end up sounding quite this melodic.
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  9. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A welcome catch up with Mascis, and for those not yet acquainted, it is the perfect place to say hi
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  10. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    The return of Dinosaur Jr. as a trio forced the singer to find a new avenue for his softer side and acoustic explorations. His third album in that series arrives at perfectly refined folk-rock
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  11. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    It contains every element of Dinosaur Jr.'s appeal, from the soaring hooks to the blistering guitar solos—though Mascis has cleaned his tone up, or at least turned the master volume down from a 10—and inward
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  12. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    There are no alarms and no surprises on Elastic Days. J establishes a pattern - acoustic guitars, yearning vocals, electric solo all underpinned by energetic drumming – which he doesn’t really deviate from for the whole album. If you’re a Dinosaur Jr fan and you can live without a couple of Lou Barlow tracks per album then it would be well worth checking out Elastic Days and hearing J do what he does best in a slightly different setting
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  13. 7.0 |   music OMH

    As a snapsnot of an artist at a particular time in his career, it’s an enjoyable diversion
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  14. 7.0 |   A.V. Club

    If you’re a fan of J Mascis’s guitar work and looking for a more subdued excursion than Dinosaur Jr., you will find much to love on Elastic Days
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  15. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Dinosaur Jr. guitarist/vocalist J Mascis carries on with his trademark solo sound on Elastic Days, producing another intricate work that mixes folk and rock
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  16. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Like Zuma, Elastic Days takes a little time to warm up to, but once it’s sunk in, it’s as comfortable as an old pair of jeans
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  17. 7.0 |   The Music

    The familiar drawl here is easier to decipher and more emphasis is placed on providing interesting and personal perspectives
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  18. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    As he sings “I wanted to build the same mistakes,” he dutifully falls into the same unoriginal pit hole as 2014. But that doesn’t matter. This is just a bit of fun, isn’t it?
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  19. 6.0 |   Q

    The kind of album that makes you think there's nothing wrong with the world. Print edition only

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