Several Shades of Why

J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2011 Ratings: #254 / 964
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Based on 25 ratings
2011 Ratings: #58
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March 15, 2011 / Release Date
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Sub Pop / Label
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Drowned in Sound

This record is a welcome addition to the long-haired monosyllabic troubadour’s more than impressive back catalogue.


It's reasonable to suggest that this album could be Mascis' most knowingly personal yet.


On the whole, Mascis's decision to soothe, rather than harangue, the listener's ears pays off.


I know I'm giving out a lot of 9/10's to albums some might not think deserve them, but give me a break, alright? I like reviewing albums I love more than albums I don't care about, and let me tell ya, I LOVE Several Shades of Why. So much so that upon my first listen, I was actually debating whether or not I preferred this over my favorite Dinosaur Jr. album, You're Living All Over Me. This is my favorite type of folk music; worn-out, melancholy, and desolate. Don't take that as an ... read more
#3 Listen to Me
#4 Very Nervous and Love
#8 Too Deep
J Mascis delivers one of his most personal recordings yet through an album which is quite simple, stripped back and mainly acoustic. I don't know if it's just me being silly though but I can't help but feel bored by this album. It isn't much new as an indie rock record and it's especially painful knowing what Mascis is capable of when he is utilizing a far more heavier set of sounds.

Best Track: What Happened
Worst Track: Not Enough
One of alt rock's all time greats creates pure acoustic bliss on this solo LP.
From the minute you clap eyes on the sweet yet slightly sad cover art you can't help but fill in the gaps and start imagining what the music on the actual disc will sound like - vocals a little worn and world weary balanced with a slither of romantically childlike hope backed up by finger picked acoustic guitar and some other subtly mournful instrumentation.

It delivers.
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Track List

  1. Listen to Me 
  2. Several Shades of Why 
  3. Not Enough 
  4. Very Nervous and Love 
  5. Is It Done 
  6. Make It Right 
  7. Where Are You 
  8. Too Deep 
  9. Can I 
  10. What Happened
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