Music

CD Shorts

Reviewed this week: Ari Hest, Dark Dark Dark, and Dinosaur Jr.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ari Hest
The Fire Plays
(Project 4)

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Dark Dark Dark
Who Needs Who
(Supply & Demand)

 

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Dinosaur Jr.
I Bet On Sky
(Jagjaguwar)

Since reuniting in 2005, the three original members of Dinosaur Jr.—J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph—have been busy. In between tours, side projects and other band-related ventures, the Western Mass. natives have also managed to turn out three albums, much to the delight of alternative music fans who clamored for the trio’s resurrection in the first place. On their latest disc, the guys further cement their ongoing partnership with a record that ranks among their best. “Watch the Corners” is a standout, chugging along with strident power chords, while “Pierce the Morning Rain” pairs Mascis’ familiar braying with an unceasing drive that doesn’t slow until the final note. Perhaps reinvigorated by some time spent in his other band, Sebadoh, Barlow contributes two great numbers, including the galloping “Rude.” —Michael Cimaomo

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