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Black Sheets of Rain

Bob Mould Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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“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 (20 Aug 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000026XTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The genesis of much to come 9 Feb 2000
Format:Audio CD
Great pop songs buried deep below great sheets of white noise and distortion, from the opener to the cathartic ending not a single duff tune. The trademark distortion, voice and pounding rhythm section only pauses for breath at around the halfway mark of 'The last Night'. Without out a doubt an awsome record paving the way for the likes of Nirvana and Soundgarden. Sounds like too much of an accolade? Listen to it then check the manufacture date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best bar none! 11 Jun 2009
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If you like guitar rock with an edge this is the best bar none! Bob Mould hasn't made a bad album either solo or with Sugar / Husker Du.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Totally Agree 6 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yep, it's as grim as a grim thing. However, the guitar playing is great, and once you get the hang of it, you can set aside the sentiments expressed and just listen to Bob doing his thing. Good feedback, good production.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dence guiltar fuelled angst 2 April 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Bob Mould could have been a contender. Black Sheets is a dense, guiatr-fuelled, angished howl brimming with disgust for all. A world where "someone stopped the sun", "everybody's got this sinking feeling" and "if you want me out of your life now, all you gotta do is tell me". The musical relentlessness is as wearing as Mould's imagery, but if manic depressives play air guitar, this is their moment.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars staggering intensity 11 Jun 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This isn't so much a review as a story - I loaned my copy of this cd to a co-worker, a very optimistic and sunny type (on the back of a tape that I actually thought he'd be interested in), and told him that when I really got depressed I'd put this on full volume and blast all the ugliness out of my head. He returned the tape, and told me he kinda liked the other side, but regarding Black Sheets of Rain he looked at me with a worried expression and said "I never get that depressed". That may tell you whether you want to buy this.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Masterpiece 29 April 2003
By Funny, I don't feel 40! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If depression could play a '66 Strat [constantly on the verge of feeding back], it would sound just like this. Easily the darkest of his solo efforts, this album lacks for no high energy hooky material or throw myself off something high angst. Best played at 11 when the wife is at her sister's for the weekend. A keeper until your kids ask you why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Intense isn't the word for "Black Sheets" 26 Nov 2003
By TFR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To listen to "Black Sheets of Rain" you need a good set of ears. Then, you have to crank your stereo up to high volume. Anything less, and you won't get it.
I would imagine that this CD is probably a high point in Bob Mould's career. This is powerful stuff. A great songwriter and technically proficient guitarist, Mould's lryics are sometimes apocalyptical and thought-provoking:
So don't send me invitations to your big parade
Place of residence unknown
In my eyes there is no confidence
There is no calm before the storm
I agree: Anton Fier's drumming really makes "Sacrafice (Let There Be Peace)" take on a life of its own - because it's not straight 4/4 time - The rythm really drives.
"Black Sheets" and "Workbook" are really companion pieces. Both are great CD's and I am sure that these great recording will stand the test of time.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "When words become weapons there'll be peace" 9 May 2003
By mwreview - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Black Sheets of Rain is my favorite Bob Mould solo album. It is the darkest and heaviest album of his brilliant repertoire. Lyrically, it consists of the typical Bob Mould cynicism but also sports many environmental references. Musically, it is the hardest rock Mould has ever put out and, judging from his recent musical direction, will probably remain so. The first six tracks are the best. Definitely five-star material. The title track, "Stand Guard", "One Good Reason" and "Stop Your Crying" are some of the best songs Mould has ever recorded. His music significantly matured since the Husker Du days. "It's Too Late" was the single from Black Sheets. It is a nice song without being overly commercial, however, it gave no indication to the radio listener or MTV viewer how powerful most of the album is. Unfortunately, things get rather mundane with the next four tracks. Lyrically and musically the edge is softened almost to jelly. "Out of Your Life" is the best example. On the same album where a listener experiences the darkness of "Hanging Tree" one hears the singy verse "If you want me out of your life now all you gotta do is tell me". The listener is saved at the end, though, with perhaps Mould's most powerful number "Sacrifice/Let There Be Peace". It is the screaming last track like the one found on Workbook ("Whichever Way the Wind Blows") only this one is much more effective. There is not just seemingly pointless yelling, but brilliant direction with powerful lyrics: "When words become weapons there'll be peace in the valley of death."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different avenue than "Workbook," but no less stellar! 2 Oct 1998
By Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bob Mould's first solo release, "Workbook," defined Mould as an intelligent, complex songwriter and musician. "Black Sheets of Rain," while fiercer and more electric guitar-driven than the folk-oriented "Workbook," is no less intelligent - stylistically and lyrically. Mould manages to capture his trademark reflectiveness and still tear the house down with quality heavy punk and rock and roll. Mould, in my book, is the thinking person's guitar god with vision: brains with brashness, depth with D chords, soul with the sound and fury of pure rock and roll. Amen!
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