Arriving four years after 2012's I Bet on Sky – the longest stretch of time between albums since Dinosaur Jr. became an active band again in 2007 – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not doesn't offer any surface surprises, at least not along the lines of the roaring reunion of 2007's Beyond, or the keyboard colorings of I Bet on Sky. That's not to say Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not doesn't surprise, because it does – namely, it shocks by sounding as vital as Dinosaur Jr. ever has. Deciding to not to build upon the expansive textures of I Bet on Sky, the trio nevertheless sounds vividly oversaturated throughout Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not.
Spearheaded by a massive U.K. buzz, England's press darlings of 1989-1990, London Quireboys, unleashed Little Bit of What You Fancy on an unsuspecting U.S. audience in 1990. Drenched in good time, barroom, whiskey-soaked swagger, the album is a veritable throwback to the '70s in the best possible sense…
The Quireboys 'A Bit Of What You Fancy' Remastered Album Released Monday 9th November 2009. Re-mastered from original master tapes at Abbey Road Studios. The Quireboys' debut album 'A Bit Of What You Fancy' peaked at number 2 and spent 15 weeks, in the UK charts, when originally released in 1990. It includes the hit singles '7 O'Clock' (UK No.36, 1989), 'Hey You' (UK No.14, 1990), 'I Don't Love You Anymore' (UK No.24, 1990) and 'There She Goes Again / Misled' (UK No.37, 1990).
The conventional wisdom on Dinosaur Jr. is focused almost entirely on their sonics, which admittedly were devastating and influential. Other bands had never relinquished the force of electric guitars – Hüsker Dü were a galvanizing force, Sonic Youth reaffirmed that sheer noise had poetic power – but Dinosaur, through their laconic frontman, J Mascis, restored not just the idea of a guitar hero, but showed that underground rock could soar with the eloquence of a guitar hero, reeling from lovely leads to sheets of noise to tranquil chords.
Armstrong, a British journalist and former nun, guides us along one of the most elusive and fascinating quests of all time–the search for God. Like all beloved historians, Armstrong entertains us with deft storytelling, astounding research, and makes us feel a greater appreciation for the present because we better understand our past. Be warned: A History of God is not a tidy linear history. Rather, we learn that the definition of God is constantly being repeated, altered, discarded, and resurrected through the ages, responding to its followers' practical concerns rather than to mystical mandates. Armstrong also shows us how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have overlapped and influenced one another, gently challenging the secularist history of each of these religions.–Gail Hudson