Neil Young – On the Beach

Posted in *****, Ten Second Album Reviews with tags , , , , , on August 5, 2010 by jabbott64

Serene, breezy. The beach is a joy. When the wind turns sinister and the waves crash, they crash hard.

*****

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Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Posted in *****, Ten Second Album Reviews with tags , , , , , , on August 4, 2010 by jabbott64

The birth of Crazy Horse! Flawless folk rock, with hints of Young’s dirty garage future.

*****

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Posted in ****, Ten Second Album Reviews with tags , , on July 29, 2010 by jabbott64

Sprawling, pun intended. Several highs, scattered lows. A masterpiece if shorter, merely excellent as is.

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Dinosaur Jr. – Farm

Posted in *****, Ten Second Album Reviews with tags , , on July 29, 2010 by jabbott64

Endless supplies of catchy melodies and guitar acrobatics. Perfecting heavy pop-rock for a new generation.

*****

Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond

Posted in ****, Ten Second Album Reviews on July 29, 2010 by jabbott64

Reunited! Less punk, more pop, same aggression. Filled with strong melodies and emotion. More guitar-porn than ever.

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Dinosaur Jr. – Green Mind

Posted in ***, Ten Second Album Reviews with tags , , , , on July 28, 2010 by jabbott64

First album without Lou. Mascis takes over but loses some of the fire. Polished, precise. Almost calming.

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Dinosaur Jr. – Bug

Posted in ****, Ten Second Album Reviews with tags , , on July 27, 2010 by jabbott64

Dripping with attitude, a dark album that equally embraces conventional pop frameworks. Mascis at a crossroads.

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