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Sweep It Into Space

Dinosaur Jr

Sweep It Into Space

Twelfth album from the Massachusetts alt/indie rock stalwarts produced by Kurt Vile

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  1. 8.0 |   Uncut

    As familiar as a hug from an old friend. Yet the band's knack for colliding pop melodies with thrashing drums, pummelling bass and screeching guitars is as effective as ever. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album finds the band exploring new tones and textures without betraying their monolithic, thundering signature sound
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Over the past 16 years, Dinosaur Jr. have learned not to mess with a good thing. And Sweep It into Space is undoubtedly a 'good thing'
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  4. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    As unstoppable as ever
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  5. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Dinosaur Jr have become a self-sustaining force – happy to plunder aspects of their back catalogue rather than look outside for influence
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  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    It's another touchdown for the guitar heroes, one we suggest cranking up loud and enjoying in the spring sunshine
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  7. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    This is a more consistent effort, an album full of highlights that reminds us that being ?‘lovely’ and ?‘loud’ aren’t mutually exclusive qualities, while furthering one of the most consistent catalogues in rock
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    There aren't many sharp turns or wild surprises, just a one-of-a-kind band doing what they do best
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  9. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s an album of musical and lyrical dichotomies that live together in sweet harmony. On ‘Sweep It Into Space’ Dinosaur Jr. have aimed for the stars and landed firmly on the Milky Way
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  10. 8.0 |   The FT

    Glittering guitar solos and dynamic drumming hoist the band’s fifth album to a higher plane
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  11. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Melding blissful memories with dynamite rock, the US trio’s 12th album sees them wisely sticking to their signature script
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  12. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    What they have delivered sounds like Dinosaur Jr. are at ease with themselves, but they still enjoy making a hellacious din at the appropriate time
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  13. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    The trio continues to find compelling ways to fuse their core musical elements into songs that resonate, on albums that almost never misfire. Sweep It Into Space is merely the latest example
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  14. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Featuring co-production from Kurt Vile, the classic trio’s latest reunion album is their breeziest and most melodically generous yet
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  15. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    In an ever-more-uncertain world, there remain a handful of constants: death, taxes, and the unwavering ability of Dinosaur Jr. to turn in an irresistible guitar-pop odyssey
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  16. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    There are a few surprises, mostly pleasing, sadly it’s not as punk and raw as previous albums, but it still has their fantastic signature screeching sound
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  17. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Is this Dinosaur Jr at their most reliable? Quite possibly. At their most thrilling? Probably not. But we need something to depend on this year and Dinosaur Jr don’t disappoint
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  18. 7.0 |   DIY

    There’s life in these old veterans yet
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  19. 6.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    Those yearning for something a little fresher won’t find it, but if we can learn anything from Sweep it’s that they’re still energized and there will likely be plenty more Dinosaur Jr. albums in the future
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  20. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Although produced by Kurt Vile (who also plays guitar on lead single I Ran Away), it’s clear J Mascis and his bandmates are tending their own well- ploughed furrow here
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  21. 5.0 |   Punk News

    Unfortunately, Vile’s presence is felt too many times
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