6 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Beaster is an EP that gathers outtakes from Sugar's first album, Copper Blue. Generally considered more abrasive than the official album, Beaster feeds those who grew up with Hüsker Dü's punk menace; longtime Mould fans should feel comfortable with the feedback and aggression. "Come Around" grinds it out, while "Tilted" features powerful production that gives Mould the best sound of his career, with a solo that blurs beautifully into the rhythmic attack. It doesn't hurt that his bandmates are up to the task. "Judas Cradle" is a stoner-headbanger's dream. "JC Auto" and "Feeling Better" further the guitar-heavy attack, with "Walking Away" providing a gentler sway for the finale. With three cuts breaking the six-minute mark, Beaster feels less like an EP and more like a complete album all its own. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Beaster is an EP that gathers outtakes from Sugar's first album, Copper Blue. Generally considered more abrasive than the official album, Beaster feeds those who grew up with Hüsker Dü's punk menace; longtime Mould fans should feel comfortable with the feedback and aggression. "Come Around" grinds it out, while "Tilted" features powerful production that gives Mould the best sound of his career, with a solo that blurs beautifully into the rhythmic attack. It doesn't hurt that his bandmates are up to the task. "Judas Cradle" is a stoner-headbanger's dream. "JC Auto" and "Feeling Better" further the guitar-heavy attack, with "Walking Away" providing a gentler sway for the finale. With three cuts breaking the six-minute mark, Beaster feels less like an EP and more like a complete album all its own. 

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4:52
4:08
6:16
6:13
6:22
3:01

About Sugar

After two solo albums, ex-Hüsker Dü guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould formed Sugar in 1992, with bassist David Barbe and drummer Malcolm Travis; the band signed with Rykodisc in the U.S., Creation in the U.K. Sugar's first album, Copper Blue, was released in the fall of 1992 to enthusiastic reviews and it became Mould's most successful project to date. Copper Blue nearly went gold and spawned several alternative radio and MTV hits, including "Helpless" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind." In the spring of 1993, Sugar released the mini-LP Beaster, a more abrasive collection than Copper Blue that was recorded at the same sessions. Around the time of the release of Beaster, Mould was forced out of the closet by various gay publications, with hopes that he would embrace their political cause; he rejected their requests. Mould wrote the material for the second Sugar album during 1993. The band began recording in the spring of 1994, but the sessions ground to a halt and the tapes were erased. Mould decided to give the album one more try and it was recorded quickly late that spring. The album, File Under: Easy Listening, appeared in the fall of 1994. Although it received good reviews and was moderately successful commercially, it didn't match the performance of Copper Blue. In the spring of 1995, it was announced that Sugar was on hiatus. Besides, a collection of rarities and B-sides, was released that summer. By the fall, Mould had broken up the band and begun to work on a third album entirely by himself. Mould played all of the instruments on his self-titled third album, which was released in the spring of 1995. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • FORMED
    1992

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