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4 Jun 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 4 Jun 2012
  • Label: Edsel
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Demon Music Group Ltd
  • Total Length: 30:52
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  • ASIN: B008A601C8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,617 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Confuseius on 31 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
As someone once said, the blues isn't about feeling better. It's about making everyone else feel worse.
Horror stories are still told about how, during the course of making this record, Bob Mould, Sugar's legendary front-man, incapacitated himself, actually not being able to speak. As Bob writes in the album's sleeve-notes, "I thought that this material was going to be a bit difficult for some people to comprehend ... now I'm not sure what to think, so it's time to let go of it".
So this record represents a release, a getting-it-out-there, such that everyone else can sort it out. For one thing, I'm glad I'm not Bob Mould. It really does sound like sheer hell in there. The Lord only knows which demons Bob was wrestling with, but it sounds like an act of demonic genocide more than a clean fight.
Take the smooth, shiny bits away from "Copper Blue" and you've got "Beaster". It is not, however, as frighteningly grotesque as the band prepared everyone for before its release, what with their references to an album so impossibly dark and frighteningly heavy that they couldn't bring themselves to listen to it.
The album takes off every so gently, with a wash of synth and acoustic guitar that brings to mind an air-balloon gently rising up into a clear blue sky, on the ethereal, cathedral choir-boy mantra of "Come Around" - only to knock your front teeth clean out with "Tilted". If you've ever seen the film of "Lawnmower Man", the Steven King novel, listening to "Tilted" on full volume is like having layers of your brain shaved off with that same lawnmower. "I only do these things to freak you out", screams Bob as he fires-up his lawnmower guitar for the most technically competent and ear-meltingly brilliant rock guitar solo ever to be committed to tape.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jun 2012
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Beaster. A Beast at Easter. The Dark Side of Copper Blue. All of these subtitles and more came alongside the second offering from Sugar. Recorded at the same time as Copper Blue the darker and much more religious album came out the following March. It could probably be summed up in one word. Brutal. This extended edition contains the original CD release, a set of liner notes covering the album and where the band were at during the time of releasing the album and a DVD (of which more later).

The album itself is short (six tracks including an instrumental). Its bookended by two beautifully sweet pieces of music which would lull you into a false sense of security. However, the four tracks in the middle are full of anger, heavy riffs and quite exhilarating music. Tilted is thrashy and is a full on thrill ride of a track. Judas Cradle (yes those religious references start here) slows down proceedings with a dirty, grungey almost dirge like quality that just screams at you. Then we go into the maelstrom. JC Auto - yes JC stands for that religious figure and yes its that blatant in its religious references. If you were in any doubt from the album cover of blood stained rope you won't be after hearing this. Its so cathartic a track that you can feel the demons being exorcised. It can only be followed by Feeling Better - a track of great melody and noise that is the redemption of the piece - except it really isn't if you listen to the lyrics. The remastering has enhanced it and I love the feel of this version. Its as raw as ever.

The accompanying liner notes are not quite as detailed as the Copper Blue ones but they do give some of the info behind this album. The DVD is an odd one however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I remember when i got the original vinyl version of Beaster on its initial release in 1993 getting home playing it and thinking "Blimey .....Bob sounds really ****** off. " Make no mistake whatever demons Bob Mould was battling are well truly given a good six stringed mauling on Beaster. I was playing the CD version ( i still have the vinyl by the way) in my bedroom when my eldest son wandered in and enquired what in the name of all that is holy ( or something like that ) i was playing now ? "Son " i replied , adopting that portentous but reverential tone that parents adopt when they feel they are about to impart something of great importance. "Son.. this is guitar music with the brakes off , hurtling down the hill and prepared to smash through the safety railings of taste in a tumult of mangled metal, rebar, sparks and concrete". To which he left the room looking slightly bewildered, no doubt to listen to his Michael Jackson CD.
The songs for Beaster were actually recorded at the same sessions that gave us the wondrous Copper Blue but it is almost as if Bob Mould had two albums at once in mind for Beaster is a complete different .....errr beast to it's predecessor . Its a darker suffocating dense album with wispy psychedelic undertones but as is usual with Bob Mould there are depths of melodic intensity . Take "Judas Cradle" which is enveloped in screeching tendrils and coarse howls of guitar but each intertwining round the monstrous central riff has a delicious melodious bent of it's own .
It's this ability to meld the cacophonous with the ear for a cracking tune that marks Bob Mould as an extraordinary song writer.
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