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Dinosaur Jr.
Hand it Over (Reprise Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Dinosaur Jr. are back with their patented pop-rock mix that excels from soft melodies to powerhouse blows of rock in under a second. Twelve tracks to indulge in are found on their latest release, "Hand It Over." "I Don't Think" starts out with very soft melodies, while the vocals are high. The hooks are filling, while the melodies keep you coming back for more. From the first taste you'll already be getting into the CD. "I'm Insane" is a weird composer of rock beats, hooks, and melodies combined with some soft rock influences. The choruses are strong enough to make you fall for them, while the lyrics are well thought out and composed. Add in some good guitar solos and your all set. "Sure Not Over You" takes the pace down to a very soft tone. The loud guitars stop, the bass player takes a softer approach, and the drums slow down a bit as the whole song drips into you and pulls out all the emotions that haven't surfaced in a bit. "Loaded," "I Know You're Insane," and "Gotta Know" display the many talents of Dinosaur JR., as the disc slowly comes to an end. From soft to more heavier beats, they've fit them all on this album.

Their style is very relaxing at points, and can be very aggressive when they want to be. Everything fits into its own place, and without the previous note everything would crumble. That's how well they weave everything together. I'll give this CD a B. They have very strong lyrics that go well with their touching melodies. If you don't feel some emotions (any emotions) after listening to this CD, there's a problem with you.

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