The familiar hum of the amp and the chugging wave of overdrive that opens Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, Dinosaur Jr.’s 11th album illustrates that the band feels confident in their own skin, 30 years after they unleashed the beast known as Dinosaur. Dinosaur Jr.’s original lineup of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph have been through some rocky times but have reclaimed their grungy pedigree since their reformation in 2005. Dinosaur Jr. is now older and more savvy but still susceptible to the anxiety of their youth on the strong Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not.
Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not opens with the bash and pop duo of “Goin Down” and current single, “Tiny” before segueing into the broken-hearted romance “Be A Part.” Things get moody on the gnarly “I Walk For Miles” and the pinched soloing of “Knocked Around.” Lou Barlow channels an alternate view for the band on the melancholy strum-along of “Love Is” and the contrary folk of closer “Left/Right.” While Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not doesn’t stray too far from its comfort zone, that’s more than acceptable when the songs are of such quality. Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is a solid album and is recommended without reservations.