Under threat of litigation, Dinosaur Jr. was forced to change their name from Dinosaur.
One of the great albums of the late-1980s US indie scene, 1987's YOU'RE LIVING ALL OVER ME is a pre-grunge guitar rock masterpiece. Clearly as influenced by, say, Black Sabbath as the nascent Seattle scene was at the same time, guitarist J. Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow (whose "Poledo" is the album's weirdest song), and drummer Murph temper the sludgy guitar roar with speedier tempos, better melodies, and more incisive lyrics than most of the Seattlites could ever master. The result is spellbinding, and, unlike most indie albums of its era, this record doesn't sound the least bit dated. "Raisans," "Little Fury Things," and the aptly-named "Sludgefest" are the archetypal tracks, but there's not one dud to be found here. A classic.
(Note: Most CD reissues include a contemporaneous B-side, a jokey but surprisingly good cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" that also appears on the FOSSILS compilation. Some versions, however, feature a take on Peter Frampton's "Show Me the Way," instead.)
Entertainment Weekly (No. 815, p.77) - "[Mascis's] masterpiece..." - Grade: A
Uncut (p.118) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[A]n era defining dance between vagueness and raw power."
Alternative Press (p.200) - "[A] gnarled, fuzz-coated album indebted to psychedelic rock, stoner metal and lo-fi indie squealing, YOU'RE LIVING ALL OVER ME is still the band's best work."
Alternative Press (7/95, p.76) - Ranked #5 in AP's list of the `Top 99 of '85-'95' - "...Not only did [it] completely cover you with sound, it offered fine songwriting and an intensity/tension perhaps created only when artists start pulling themselves or each other apart....While brilliant and passionate, it never seems pretentious..."
Magnet (p.88) - "[T]he album is as intense and ageless today after 18 years of imitators..."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.53) - "[A] true psychedelic rock classic....A seductive, sprawling album that was adventurous and bold."
Mojo (Publisher) (3/01, p.115) - "...No subsequent dinosaur Jr. album could rival this for consistent brilliance. The eventually disastrous tensions between Mascis and bassist Lou Barlow fuel these kinetic ensemble performances."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 5 stars out of 5 - "The songs are concise and the dynamic switches audacious, while the sequencing offers no mercy."