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Bob Mould
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 (12 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Creation Records
  • ASIN: B000024LSA
  • 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: 39,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
For anyone who's a fan of Husker Du or Sugar, or for anyone who just loves rock guitar, this is a must-have album. This was the first Bob Mould album I ever bought, and it has introduced me to all his other brilliant music. Every track is priceless and there is a lot of emotion in the lyrics he sings. Pure genius.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. M. Pickering on 11 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Bob Mould hasn't made a bad album. If you like guitar rock with an edge then this is for you. Check out also his stuff with Sugar / Husker Du.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Slappy McGuire on 15 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
On first listen, and maybe a few dozen more, the album disappoints. However, fortunately this does not remain the case, and with Sugar/Husker du style tracks such as the magnificent eg0veride, you are soon back on familiar territory, its just ultimately a shame that bob will remain someone who influenced the music of thousands of bands - without them ever knowing about it...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. AFG on 8 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although this album is 'rock' bob, it really doesn't deserve to be rated above Workbook - categorised as 'sensitive' bob. If you haven't heard Bob before and choose this album solely on amazon star ratings then you may not explore a few more. Fair enough, it's bouncy and loud but in terms of sheer creative spark and passion, workbook wins everytime.
If you hanker for 'Screaming' bob...then check out 'Black Sheets of Rain'
Go see him live...passion personified
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Highly underrated 29 May 2004
By Ethan Straffin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Okay: of Bob's five solo albums to date, I'm going to go out on a limb and declare this to be the finest (with full awareness that I will most likely be set upon by a thousand deeply offended "Workbook" fans). There just isn't any filler on this one. My favorites are the tracks that another reviewer has accurately described as the "slow burn" numbers: "Anymore Time Between," "Next Time That You Leave," and "Roll Over And Die" (which closes the album on every bit as harrowing a note as "Explode And Make Up" did on Bob's previous effort, aka Sugar's swan song). There's plenty of other great stuff here, though. Check out "Eg0verride," in which Bob playfully pulls off a lyrically self-deprecating, seemingly electric-guitar-drenched melodic tour de force which actually doesn't feature his signature instrument at all. (Yep: it's all keyboards, fed through what must have been a rat's nest of effects.) Check out the metaphor-driven, acoustic relationship epitaph "Thumbtack" and decide for yourself whether you believe Bob that he wrote it on the fly and recorded it in a single take. Check out "Hair Stew" -- with its big sign reading, "Hi, I'm this album's Experimental Track" -- and keep checking it out until you're convinced that it's a little bit brilliant in its melodic and emotional dissonance. (At the very least, you will end up granting me that it's significantly less annoying than "Megamanic" from the followup album.) And if you still miss that iconic Sugar sound, you've got the blistering "I Hate Alternative Rock," the coulda-shoulda-been-a-single "Deep Karma Canyon," and "Art Crisis" (which loses points in my book only because it's musically and lyrically redundant with "IHAR").
One final note: some have criticized this album for being entirely self-recorded and self-produced on Bob's part, with particular criticism reserved for the electronic drums. As a drummer, I can honestly say that they don't bug me; in fact, I find them considerably less annoying than some of Grant Hart's work with Husker Du. ;)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Mould's One-Man Masterpiece 20 July 2000
By Jon Magnus - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Mould decided to do it all himself on this one, and it resulted in his best record ever. The music is closer to his most recent Last Dog and Pony Show than to Workbook, but it's rawer and more unrelenting, and has a more stripped-down sound to it (despite the flurring og his guitars). The agonized lyrics are extremely up-close and personal, to the extent that many people say Mould's too self-pitying and self-absorbed. These cold-hearted people can go by something from the Top 20-list.
Expect spending a lot of time "listening it in", though, as it is also his least accessible work. Fans of his immediately catchy recordings with Sugar, might be in for a bit of a surprise in this regard... But give it the time it needs, believe me, it's worth the while! (Don't bother to play it to your friends and family, though, they'll only shake their heads at you.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sugar's third full album? It is all the same. 13 Nov. 2001
By cdswatch - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When Sugar disappeared permanently from the music scene, my heart was completely broken. From then on, I could no longer proclaimed it to be my favorite band. At least not my 'ACTIVE' favorite band.
This album was my requiem for Sugar. It was a sad parting, however it gave me the last taste of Sugar. I highly suspected that most of the materials contained in this album were written when Mould was still in Sugar. It was a reminiscent of Beaster, Sugar's dark EP.
Mould's ability to craft catchy songs while maintaining a killer guitar riff is undeniable. Songs like 'Egoverride' and 'Fort Knox, King Solomon' can be easily mistaken for pop novelties without the knockout electric guitar sound. The dark lyrics put a final touch to this strange yet appealing concontion.
The 'Pony' album never produced the same appeal to me. At the time of writing this review, Mould is in a hiatus that seems neverending. Will he be back and deliver another one like this? That remains to be seen.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
BREAKING THE MOULD!! 25 April 2002
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Format: Audio CD
Peerless is a word that comes to mind when one thinks of BOB MOULD.Anyone familiar with his outstanding work as the kingpin in HUSKER DU and then SUGAR will be knocked out by this fiery and deeply personal collection.In fact some of the songs feel so personal that you feel like you are intruding in private grief
witness NEXT TIME THAT YOU LEAVE sheer unbridled anger at the breakdown of a relationship with lyrics to match ''You were just a bastard'' BOBS' not one for mincing his words and Much of that mood pervades this album as does his trade mark full on guitar barrage with the glorious vocals set well back in the mix he's like a new age SPECTOR but unlike 'OL PHIL' this man sure can write a catchy song or two ,songs that once heard, buzz around in your brain for days perfect examples being FORT KNOX,KING SOLOMON and DEEP KARMA CANYON both priceless pop/rock gems.
BOB MOULD seriously talented and criminally underated.
You can redress that balance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Claustrophobic, Cavernous 10 Sept. 2001
By Charles Ritter - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I love that Bob played all the instruments (except for a stiff sounding drum machine), so the songs are really played as he envisioned them. The songs are typically catchy, while the subject matter is of a personal focus. Songs find a new intensity on the slow-burn in "Anymore Time Between" and "The Next Time That You Leave" which have protracted tension. "Hairstew" in which a person is burning with jealousy is spare with detail - just a fat distorted Bass and a creepy keybord. I do wish, as always, that Bob would bring his voice up in the mix.
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