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From his days with Hüsker Dü and Sugar to the solo career that’s become his longest-running gig, Bob Mould has stuck to the mix of melody and deafening power chords that have made him an underground favorite since the early '80s. Here, working with bassist Jason Narducy (formerly of Verbow, currently of Split Single) and drummer Jon Wurster (of Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, and elsewhere), Mould has more room than ever to make a huge noise. Songs like “I Don’t Know You Anymore,” “The War," and “Hey Mr. Grey” remind everyone of just how Mould can take a catchy pop song and whip it into a punk frenzy. His signature guitar sound and chording technique is everywhere on what’s counted as his 10th solo album. Mould’s dark side, always a compelling component of Hüsker Dü (“Hardly Getting Over It,” anyone?), is present from the opening grind of “Low Season” and can be heard recurring in the leaner approach of “Forgiveness,” where the older Mould teaches the young Mould a few things about life beyond hardcore.

Customer Reviews


Bob Mould is just getting better with age. This stuff is as good as his Husker Du and Sugar days.

amazing and timeless

This could be the 4th Sugar album and nobody would be disappointed.


Another classic Bob Mould album. Reminds me of his Sugar period, lush and hard rocking. You should check it out.


Born: October 16, 1960 in Malone, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Bob Mould was initially a member of Hüsker Dü, one of the most influential American bands of the '80s. Hüsker Dü was a post-hardcore punk band that helped define the sound and ideals of alternative rock. After Hüsker Dü broke up, Mould signed a solo contract with Virgin Records in 1988. The following year he released his first solo album, Workbook, which represented a major shift in sonic direction. Workbook was an introspective collection, featuring keyboards, acoustic...
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