J Mascis – Tied To A Star

An especially cynical assessment of the second formal solo LP by J Mascis could point to some flimsy, confirmation-biased assumption like: “You can hold a spot on the ‘90s indie rock hierarchy or you can embark on a solo endeavor separate from your defining band that stands a chance at true differentiation — but not both.” That kind of monolithic thinking is never totally fair, but we’ve had no shortage of Robert Pollard or Jicks albums to offer support from time to time. With his 2011 solo debut, Several Shades of Why, J Mascis piled on. Several Shades was a welcome extension to his resurrected legacy that came with a less-welcome consumer dilemma: Should we feel bad that a songwriter deserving of our full respect delivered a very good album that we’ll probably end up remembering and describing as “Dinosaur Jr., only acoustic”?

Release Date
August 26, 2014
Label
Sub Pop
Formats
digital, vinyl, cd
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