• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Nov 9, 2018
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Nov 7, 2018
    83
    Elastic Days is Mascis at his most playful and fun, further adding to one of the most accomplished back catalogues in the history of indie rock.
  2. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    Elastic Days is another example of the strength and confidence he's gained from turning down the volume.
  3. Nov 8, 2018
    80
    The last couple of Dinosaur Jr. records in particular have been praised from all angles for their consistency, but J Mascis is continuing to fire out hidden gems under his own name, too.
  4. Nov 8, 2018
    80
    It’s a plaintive, poetic, and endlessly endearing return, a sign that the acoustic well, while previously untapped, remains brimming with inspiration.
  5. Mojo
    Nov 7, 2018
    80
    Even at 52, this Dinosaur senior is a miracle of ongoing evolution. [Dec 2018, p.88]
  6. Uncut
    Nov 7, 2018
    80
    No frontiers are breached, but Mascis's cracked vocals and melancholic melodic turns only get more affecting with age. [Dec 2018, p.28]
  7. Nov 7, 2018
    80
    This will probably be labeled a folk-rock record, but at its core Elastic Days rocks.
  8. 75
    Elastic Days will for many be a welcome catch up with Mascis, and for those not yet acquainted, it is the perfect place to say hi.
  9. Nov 12, 2018
    73
    On Elastic Days, he’s somehow as accessible but elusive as ever.
  10. Nov 19, 2018
    70
    Generally, there’s a rather cosy feel to Elastic Days--you can imagine the gorgeous stroll of the title track keeping you company through the long winter months, and although some may bemoan the lack of variety on display through the album, it’s hard to deny that it makes for a very pleasant 41 minutes.
  11. Nov 14, 2018
    70
    If you’re a Dinosaur Jr fan and you can live without a couple of Lou Barlow tracks per album then it would be well worth checking out Elastic Days and hearing J do what he does best in a slightly different setting.
  12. Nov 9, 2018
    70
    It contains every element of Dinosaur Jr.'s appeal, from the soaring hooks to the blistering guitar solos--though Mascis has cleaned his tone up, or at least turned the master volume down from a 10--and inward.
  13. Nov 8, 2018
    70
    Like Zuma, Elastic Days takes a little time to warm up to, but once it’s sunk in, it’s as comfortable as an old pair of jeans.
  14. Nov 8, 2018
    70
    The balancing between folk and rock is still present; the songwriting is straightforward, yet endearing. Even though this is not a revolutionary work, it shows that this guy is a great, skilled songwriter and Elastic Days displays all the wisdom he has gathered through the years.
  15. Kerrang!
    Nov 20, 2018
    60
    A (sad-hearted) joy from start to end. [17 Nov 2018, p.71]
  16. Classic Rock Magazine
    Nov 7, 2018
    60
    Much of it's lovely, from the relaxed, melodic strumalong title track to ... well, the relaxed strumalong of just about everything else. It's the kind of album that makes you think there's nothing wrong with the world. [Dec 2018, p.84]
  17. Q Magazine
    Nov 7, 2018
    60
    He can take his more laid-back approach too far, however, sounding as if he might be about to nod off during Web So Dense, Yet the moments of genuine loveliness more than compensate for the occasional bouts of narcolepsy. [Dec 2018, p.111]
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 23, 2019
    8
    The mastermind of indie rock stars Dinosaur Jr. is back with a new solo album. If Mascis’ voice is an acquired taste (and it may well be), myThe mastermind of indie rock stars Dinosaur Jr. is back with a new solo album. If Mascis’ voice is an acquired taste (and it may well be), my taste buds have been enamored by his uniquely cracked, emotive vocal style. This is an album that emphasizes that voice and his ability as a songwriter. There are no real “rock” songs here, just some gorgeously stirring melodies that let his musicianship shine through. But hey, don’t worry, nearly every song has a Mascis-magic lead guitar break. Every time he rips out an electric riff, you’ll bask in that singularly familiar sound of soaring brilliance. Still, it really is his voice and the more subtle acoustic/soft electric guitar work that shine here—and that’s okay with me. Includes contributions from members of Pedro The Lion, The Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot, Miracle Legion, more. Whether you approach “Elastic Days” as a Dinosaur Jr. fan or just someone who is into the indie singer/songwriter genre, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a beautiful, moving, emotionally satisfying listening experience with more than a touch of hypnotic magic. Recommended. Full Review »