The last album by Dinosaur Jr. for a full decade, 1997’s Hand It Over is an overlooked and underrated entry in their stellar discography. Which makes sense: whatever moment they were going to have in the post-Nirvana world was squandered with 1994’s uncharacteristically tepid Without A Sound, and by the time 1997 rolled around, the alt-rock landscape was radically different.
Which is fine. Full-blown stardom, 1990’s style would have suited J Mascis even less than it seemed to suit folks like Eddie Vedder and Billy Corgan. So, instead, he just did his thing as Dinosaur Jr. for what felt like the last time, and it was damn good.