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Beauty & Ruin

“It’s a song cycle. A narrative. It’s nobody’s story but my own… I ran so fast from my past that I caught up with myself. This album is acknowledging that and dealing with every year getting a little tougher.”

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  • Audio CD (9 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00J7YBR4S
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Low Season
2. Little Glass Pill
3. I Don't Know You Anymore
4. Kid With Crooked Face
5. Nemeses Are Laughing
6. The War
7. Forgiveness
8. Hey Mr. Grey
9. Fire in the City
10. Tomorrow Morning
11. Let the Beauty Be
12. Fix It

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CD digipak with booklet. LP + download. Bob Mould has confirmed June 9 as the release date for his all new studio album, Beauty & Ruin. Described as 'a compact epic,' Beauty & Ruin packs a staggering lifetime's worth of emotion and experience into a 36-minute package sure to be hailed as a landmark addition to Bob's formidable body of work. As with 2012's Silver Age, Beauty & Ruin finds Bob joined by his longtime band of bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster, who will be backing Bob at this year's SXSW as he debuts Beauty & Ruin material. Prior to that, Bob will wrap up the intimate 25 Years of Workbook mini-tour with a March 6 return to The Late Show with David Letterman and two final sold out shows March 7 and 8 at New York's City Winery, both featuring Narducy and cellist Alison Chesley.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Randell on 10 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
hello.....i'm a very amateur reviewer so will get to the point.....a bit like this album really..
i've been a fan of Mr Mould since his later days with husker du and then sugar and his solo works.......my personal faves being Copper Blue and Workbook.
Bob's been one of those artists i like to keep an eye on and have brought all his solo albums over the years.....yeah some are weaker than others.....but this one......boy........no mucking about here.
at 36 mins long this album may not be very long ( well my last purchase to this was the recent swans album ) but the phrase "quality not quantity" springs to mind........short, punchy, to the point.....and that what you get with Bob on this......and the whole album is a blast.......i'm 41 now so when i played this the first time i felt like i was back in my old indie days of my youth and all that......its got what you expect if you are after the punchy bob.....great crashing riff's......in your face lyrics.....and that thing he does where sometimes his vocals are not as out front as some songs.( "little glass pill" for example ).
as soon as this album was done it was back to the start again.....its probably the album i was after from bob for a long time.......very guitar focused and after a few listens virtually no keyboards on this.....no bad thing as Bob's much better to my ears when he just rocks out.....like he does on this.........all in all one of the best albums of 2014......so far.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2014
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If you are looking for a quick reference point for this album in Bob Mould's canon then for me it harks back to the glories of Copper Blue and adds the intervening years' experiences into the lyrics. Make no mistake this is very much a guitar driven album, with dense riffs and thundering rhythms and where even the more "punky" tracks like "Kid with Crooked Face" have a melodic drive that immediately lodges itself in your memory banks. Tracks like "I don't know You anymore" and "The War" could almost be by REM but with more power and a higher decibel count whilst "Forgiveness" and "Let the Beauty be" introduce a calmer, acoustic sensibility. All in all this album just goes to show that an old dog doesn't need to learn new tricks he just needs to do the old ones that bit better and in this regard Bob Mould has come up trumps big time. I've enjoyed a lot of music this year so far and with 6 months odd to go there will have to be an outstanding release to overtake this one as my album of the year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Northline on 13 Jun. 2014
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Hooks, lines, sweet chord changes, loud and fast what is there not to love - Still the best and still the master.............brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jcmacc VINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2014
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Bob Mould seems like an artist ready and happy to embrace his own legacy anew. Recent years have seen his work with Husker Du and Sugar gain their proper level of appreciation, notably by Dave Grohl who included Mould on the last Foo Fighters album and tour, and this seems to have allowed him to enjoy making the style of music he helped to create again. After trying to distance himself from his previous success in the early 2000's (e.g. on the heavily electronic Modulate album), he's now firmly, and successfully, back to loud but melodic alt-rock.

Beauty and Ruin sounds even closer to his Sugar days than previous solo albums. Perhaps this isn't a surprise given it's recorded as an increasingly established 3 piece band with his touring team of Jason Narducy (Bass) and John Wurster (drums), like Silver Age before it. Clearly a settled band line up makes for some of Mould's best work.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barmee on 9 Aug. 2014
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There is a little sticker on the CD which reads: "A lifetime of emotion in 36 minutes". Whoever crafted that has nicely summed up this excellent release.

It's 12 songs, which fly by in an enjoyable half an hour, and leave you wanting more. Others have compared this release to 'Copper Blue' and I would agree in terms of the power of the material. This album feels a bit less 'produced' than CB but in a good (and angry) way. The majority of the songs are loud (a little muddy) and yet uplifting in their melodies and delivery.

If you are looking for a good place to start exploring Bob's extensive back catalogue, then starting here would not be a mistake (then try Sugar's 'Copper Blue' and Husker Du's 'New Day Rising' which are both cut from similar cloth).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Graham Colebeck on 5 July 2014
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Second album in a real return to form for Bob Mould. I know we should let artists be artists but my goodness, this album (and its predecessor Silver Age) sounds like he's moved straight from Sugar's Copper Blue (one of the best albums anywhere ever) to here. And that, to quote an old joke, is a GOOD THING!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philhydro on 21 Aug. 2014
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I like Bob Mould.
I like the fact that he knows what music he likes to write and play and sing, and he continues to write some great tunes.
However, I do wish that the production on his albums was better - the vocals are mixed in so close to the music that you can quite often not tell a word he is saying - the Mould mumble! Some better clarity on vocals would make this a 5*, but I guess thats my preference.
Otherwise, its 36mins of punchy, guitar-rift laden rock to wake you up in the morning, great stuff!
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