by Matt Juniper
Release: Afraid of Heights (2013)
Label: Mom + Pop Music
Rating: 3.5 / 5
In the two decades since alternative rock and grunge music burst on to FM radio, there have been few bands that have really been able to recreate the magic of the genre’s golden years. It is not like it’s an overly complex genre musically, but bands seem to struggle to find that perfect balance between the heavy lead guitars, angsty vocals and production. When Dinosaur Jr. returned in 2007 with “Beyond”, effortlessly regaining their form, it felt like J. Mascis saying “Come on guys, this is how it’s done”. And it was hard to argue, given that I struggle to think of many artists that were doing 90’s alt rock that well in 2007.