I have no recollection of buying this record. I know it was in the last ten years, at least five or six years ago. Probably a random pickup. Felt like I should own a copy of this album. And I should. And I do. And it's the only Dinosaur Jr. record I own. And I think I'm OK with that.
To be honest, I've never completely connected with J Mascis in a way that other people have. I really like Dinosaur Jr.'s music, but I also get tired of it pretty quick. I listen to this record a few times every year, and that's about all I need. And this might be their most "grunge" record, so maybe that's why I enjoy it so much.
You've probably heard "Start Choppin." It's a damn good song. So is "Out There," and so is the strangely sentimental "What Else is New." If you can put up with some squealing solos (I actually expect them and enjoy them from the group), this is some cool shit. Of course you may have to overlook some weird strings and some of the overproduction that gets a little distracting on this one.
Whatever. "On the Way" still rips shit.