J Mascis – Tied to a Star

Walking to work on a cold morning Mascis’ second solo album was perfect for warming me up mentally if not physically, ten short but sweet song that showcase the Dinosaur Jnr frontman’s writing skills. Just like in his band he knows how to write a catchy melody and a simple killer riff or two and while sounding nothing like his band there are similarities. But whereas his band is a fuzz driven rock outfit, solo Mascis is beautiful and subtle with acoustic guitar the most prevalent instrument. Drums, bass and other guitars take a back seat until needed on say like a great bit of lead or an eastern coda. But the main thing here is Mascis voice which is so distinctive and while it sounds great over rock, as we all know, it also lends itself to this softer acoustic side perfectly. With guest spots from Ken Maiuri (Young@Heart Chorus), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power) this short but sweet album is a must for fans not just of Mascis but of great song writing.

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