Without a Sound

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Without a Sound
DinosaurJrWithoutASound.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 23, 1994
Recorded1994
GenreAlternative rock
Length45:42
LabelBlanco y Negro/Sire
ProducerJ Mascis
Dinosaur Jr. chronology
Where You Been
(1993)
Without a Sound
(1994)
Hand It Over
(1997)

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.

"Feel the Pain" is a playable track in the video games Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2.

Production and background[edit]

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.[1] The album title comes from a lyric in the song "Even You".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(dud)[9]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[10]

In July 2014, Guitar World put Without a Sound in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[11]

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.[12][13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by J Mascis.

No.TitleLength
1."Feel the Pain"4:18
2."I Don't Think So"3:35
3."Yeah Right"2:45
4."Outta Hand"4:59
5."Grab It"3:31
6."Even You"3:23
7."Mind Glow"4:02
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
Total length:45:42

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 44

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Feel the Pain" Modern Rock Tracks 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tweet July 1st, 2005 by Crossfire (2005-07-01). "Dinosaur Jr | Interviews | Caught in the Crossfire - Skateboarding in the UK since 2001". Caught in the Crossfire. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Without Sound – Dinosaur Jr". AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (September 8, 1994). "Rearrangements". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  5. ^ Frost, Deborah (September 16, 1994). "Without a Sound". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Hochman, Steve (August 28, 1994). "Dinosaur Jr.: 'Without a Sound' (Sire/Reprise)". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 238. ISBN 9780743201698.
  8. ^ Diehl, Matt (October 6, 1994). "Without a Sound". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Dinosaur Jr.". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  10. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 9780679755746.
  11. ^ "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". GuitarWorld.com. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  12. ^ Hongo, Hudson. "How TV Pirates Accidentally Pushed a 25-Year-Old Indie Song to the Top of the Charts in Japan". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  13. ^ "A 25-Year-Old Dinosaur Jr. Song Is a Hit in Japan. Nobody Knows Why". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-02-17.