Without a Sound
|Without a Sound|
|Studio album by|
|Released||August 23, 1994|
|Label||Blanco y Negro/Sire|
|Dinosaur Jr. chronology|
Without a Sound is the sixth studio album by alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr., released on August 23, 1994. It is the first Dinosaur Jr. album not to feature Murph on drums, who is replaced by vocalist and guitarist J Mascis. It is also their most commercially successful album, peaking at number 44 on the Billboard Top 200. "Feel the Pain" and "I Don't Think So" were released as singles, with "Feel the Pain" reaching number 4 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, becoming one of their biggest hits. Mascis later admitted that his father's death affected his writing and performance on this album,[verification needed] and he took three years to deliver the next Dinosaur Jr. LP, 1997's Hand It Over.
Production and background
J Mascis said he had a hard time writing the album because his dad had died around the time they were making the album.[verification needed] The cover artwork is a painting by former pro skateboarder Neil Blender, an early fan and friend of the band. The album title comes from a lyric in the song "Even You".
The closing song "Over Your Shoulder" was frequently used on the Japanese boxing reality show Gachinko Fight Club. In February 2019, 25 years after the album's release, "Over Your Shoulder" unexpectedly charted at #18 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 based on digital streaming. The phenomenon was credited to YouTube postings of clips from Gachinko Fight Club registered as containing the song. For a period, clips from the series — which was a segment of a Japanese variety show — had frequently been favored by YouTube's algorithmic suggestions in Japan for unknown reasons.
All songs by J Mascis.
|1.||"Feel the Pain"||4:18|
|2.||"I Don't Think So"||3:35|
|8.||"Get Out of This"||5:21|
|9.||"On the Brink"||3:11|
|10.||"Seemed Like the Thing to Do"||5:45|
|11.||"Over Your Shoulder"||4:52|
- J Mascis - Drums, Guitar, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals
- Thalia Zedek - Vocals
- Mike Johnson - Bass, Vocals
- John Agnello - Engineer, Mixing
- Danny Kadar - Assistant Engineer
- Mark Miller - Assistant Engineer
- Brian Sperber - Assistant Engineer
- John McLaughlin - Assistant Engineer
- Bryce Goggin - Assistant Engineer
- Bill Emmons - Assistant Engineer
- Joe Pirrera - Assistant Engineer
- Bob Ludwig - Mastering
- Woody Jackson - Paintings
- Roger Mayer - Sound Effects
Album - Billboard (North America)
|1994||The Billboard 200||44|
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1994||"Feel the Pain"||Modern Rock Tracks||4|
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