Boomkat Product Review:
Continuing with the momentum of 2007's triumphant Beyond LP, the reformed Dinosaur Jr retain their original, classic line-up and deliver a new record that bears no suggestions of the members' ages (now well into their forties). The fact that Dinosaur Jr. are sounding like a brand new, reinvigorated band just goes to show how much good that time spent apart did them as a unit - and the individual members have retained their songwriting prowess admirably. As tends to be the case, Barlow only contributes two songs to the record, but they're vital to the album nonetheless, breaking up the onslaught of Mascis' regal stoner rock with the bass-riffing and melancholy harmonies of 'Your Weather' and the typically tuneful Sebadoh-ish slouch of 'Imagination Blind'. Farm taken as a whole is an exercise in Dinosaur Jr. getting on with the business of sounding exactly like Dinosaur Jr., and the coarseness of the production helps resituate Mascis' heightened songwriting sophistication back into the maelstromic garage sounds of the band's classic late '80s form. The results are tracks like the heartbroken brontosaurus plod of 'Plans' or the majestically fuzzy opening couplet 'Pieces' and 'I Want You To Know', both of which benefit from the kind of amazingly lyrical soloing that's given Mascis status as one of the definitive guitarists of his generation. All the classic Dinosaur Jr. elements are present and correct on Farm, and uncannily they sound every bit as fresh as they did first time around. Awesome.