Bob Mould charges back with his best album in nearly a decade. After the patchy 'Last Dog and Pony Show' and the clumsy 'Modulate', Bob Mould has returned to form with his best work in years. Some of the songs hark back to Sugar at their best - 'Underneath Days' and 'Beating Heart the prize' would not have been out of place on 'Beaster'. The album is superbly produced and sounds great. In some reviews of this album, people have commented about the electronic aspects, but don't worry, there is none of the messy experimentation that ruined 'Modulate'. There are only some effects on Bob's vocals on 'Shine Your Love Light Hope' and 'I Am Vision, I Am Sound' and they don't ruin these songs. The familiar Bob Mould guitar rush is back in evidence, and the lyrics focus on relationships - and what can go wrong with them. Highlights include 'Circles', 'Days of Rain' (which features some superb cello) and the moody 'Always Tomorrow'. I wasn't expecting much from this album, but I was pleasantly surprised and I have been playing it non-stop for the last few weeks. Bob Mould has returned to what he does best and made one of the albums of the year.