Verdict: 4 / 5
Dinosaur Jr. feels like one of those bands that you might recognize the name of, but be unable to name any of their singles. They are an alternative band in the truest sense. What they play isn’t quite pop, isn’t quite punk, isn’t quite electronic, isn’t quite anything. And yet, they bring something you can’t put your finger on, and yet find yourself enjoying extremely. So all in all, not a bad deal either way.
This generalization is somewhat unfair I realize. Dinosaur Jr. has also existed since 1984, and that’s a lot of time to pick up dedicated fans along the way. Their latest album very much continues to encapsulate their spirit, and continues a musical career in the right direction. It may not be pushing any boundaries for the band, but what’s wrong with keeping a winning formula?
Also, although their videos for their singles are very enjoyably weird, I personally think that Dinosaur Jr. isn’t a band that should be so easily divided into tracks. Their album is best listened to in one continuous stretch, as you allow your mind to sink into the pleasant rhythms and poetic lyrics as you let each piece of music flow over you into the next. If this sounds a bit too hippy for you, no need to worry, what it means is that Dinosaur Jr. is the best kind of music to play whether you’re actually aiming to sit down with an album, or just have something playing in the background. Either way, you’ll lean back and realize at some point just how much of it has gone into your mind, and how much you enjoyed the experience.
I Bet on Sky is a well-crafted album professionally as well, demonstrating the experience of people with 3 decades in the music industry. They have the capacity to appeal to such a range of people by this stage, young and old, that there’s really no reason not to check them out, and why not start with this latest release in that case?