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J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
While the main thrill of new Dinosaur material is how close is hews to the laconic hard rocking of their youth, J Mascis' excellent 2011 solo record does us the favor of putting his sour sensibility in a hushed and beautiful setting for the first time, really. If you work long enough, why shouldn't all sides of your personality find their way onto a record? Familiarity doesn't always breed contempt.
See Also: The Feelies' Here Before, in which pretty songs like "Morning Comes" reveal that "the boy with the perpetual nervousness" grew up to be an occasionally chilled out man.