Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Dinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
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Based on 31 reviews
2016 Ratings: #361 / 763
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Based on 107 ratings
2016 Ratings: #314
August 5, 2016 / Release Date
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Jagjaguwar / Label
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A.V. Club
To the uninitiated, it may seem formulaic, but it’s the self-imposed limitations that make Dinosaur Jr. so distinctive. The band’s most relatable quality is its difficulty at expression. Words don’t come easy. But when Mascis’ solo comes through, as it does with increasing reliability, it’s a triumph of communication, however fleeting.

While none of these may be new, the execution of it all, from composition to performance, means that Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not feels fresh, which is quite an achievement for a band approaching the tenth anniversary of its reunion.

We should probably never expect a labored-over concept album or some game-changing shift into an emerging genre. Dinosaur Jr. have played their historical part in shaping indie rock, and for now, seem content on just melting faces when they get the chance.
The Line of Best Fit

Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is more than just a routine 8/10 Dinosaur Jr album, it’s their most satisfying and realized post-reunion album yet.

The Skinny

Dinosaur Jr’s eleventh album continues on the trajectory they’ve ridden since reforming in 2005: all the chugging tension and squalling release of their early days, married to the relatively pop structures of their 90s nearlymen period.

Drowned in Sound

To be frank, it’s pretty much business as usual for Dinosaur Jr on Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, but when the formula works this well, what’s the point in switching it up?

The band keeps its aesthetic, but it keeps twisting it into new shapes. This shape might be the most personal one yet, and it’s as impressive and lasting as anything the band has made.

The tension that gave those early albums their fizzing energy may no longer be there, but in its place is a band operating at a far higher level. Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is almost certainly the best album the reformed Dinosaur Jr have made so far.

Tiny Mix Tapes
Four albums into this new/old phase of Dinosaur Jr. and they’ve made an album so imperceptibly sharper in its craft as to incline one to revisit its predecessors.

On their latest, the steady and excellent Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, it’s clear that their well for inspiration has not yet run dry.

Consequence of Sound

Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not isn’t perfect, but it’s yet another solid record from a band that has rarely sounded better.

Under The Radar

Overall, while they're not reinventing the wheel here, this is a very enjoyable album and their best work since 2007's Beyond.

Slant Magazine

Give a Glimpse instead combines all those stylistic elements into a package that may not feature as many lastingly memorable songs, but is replete with all the welcome signatures of the band's sound.


The band’s as unstoppable on 11th album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not as frontman J Mascis’ infinitely grey hair.

Rolling Stone
As with every Dinosaur Jr. record, the songs all become samey at a certain point, as each tune presents subtle variations on a theme they stumbled over in 1985. But as the trio has proven time and again, it's the mood as a whole that matters more than what Mascis or Barlow have to say.
For the fourth time in the current millennium, the trio have managed to push the boundaries of their sound without tarnishing their own legacy.
No Ripcord
There's no denying the adroit songwriting that’s on display here (they are veterans, after all), as they continue to chug along with low-stakes, yet engaging releases that cement their place as living rock royalty who’ve never gotten their due.
Loud and Quiet

The tried and tested formula persists; the loud-quiet, clean-distorted dynamics, Mascis’s gauche, teenage drawl, and Lou Barlow’s bass chord rumbles.


Despite its dips, there are plenty of strong reasons here to keep Dinosaur Jr from extinction.

The Guardian

Those hoping for a sudden detour into glitch or Simpsonswave are likely to be disappointed by Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, which instead continues J Mascis’s noble efforts to pair the catchiest possible melodies with the sludgiest guitar lines known to man.

There’s little here that will convert Dinosaur Jr sceptics. But for those who enjoy their nostalgic licks, ‘Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not’ is a pretty satisfying addition to their back-catalogue.
NOW Magazine

Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is 45 new minutes of Mascis's solid-gold shredding, but there has never been less to hang it on. The hooks that bracket the bouts of soloing are almost instantly unmemorable and the chord structures uninspired.

The sound on this is so incredibly rich, and it does contain some of the most memorable rock songs of the 2010's. Sadly, their songwriting is not fully up to par, som of the songs felt like they were written on auto-pilot
I love Dinosaur Jr., but I can't fuck with this album.

I mean, seriously? 'Tine' is one of the band's worst song and it became A FUCKING SINGLE!
I 'won't even mention the other songs... Such a let down.
Mascis' guitar speaks louder than words...

Notable Songs: "Goin Down"; "Be a Part"; "Good to Know"; "I Walk for Miles"; "Knocked Around"
Um bom disco, um comeback digno da qualidade da banda. Quem esperava um disco tradicional da banda, com um som sujo e cru, deve ter se decepcionado um pouco. Este álbum é uma coleção de músicas com uma produção bem limpa, harmonias bem encaixadas e melodias um tanto doces, eu diria. De fato, são as guitarras que apresentam os momentos de maior beleza e sofisticação neste trabalho, com alguns solos e riffs que incrementam ... read more
Great comeback record!
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Track List

  1. Goin Down
  2. Tiny
  3. Be a Part
  4. I Told Everyone
  5. Love Is...
  6. Good to Know
  7. I Walk for Miles
  8. Lost All Day
  9. Knocked Around
  10. Mirror
  11. Left/Right
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