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Copper Blue

Sugar Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a "band" band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and Hüsker Dü in particular (like myself) went into ... Read more in Amazon's Sugar Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000025RQG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Act We Act
2. A Good Idea
3. Changes
4. Helpless
5. Hoover Dam
6. The Slim
7. If I Can't Change Your Mind
8. Fortune Teller
9. Slick
10. Man On the Moon

Product Description


Bob Mould realised his career goal--a rock & roll trio like Hüsker Dü, only without another strong personality to compete with him--most completely with Sugar's 1992 debut. It's mixed strangely, with little bass and lots of treble, but that gives it a buzzing power, especially on heavy-guitar songs such as "Hoover Dam" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind". By the end of "A Good Idea", the narrator inexplicably drowns the woman he loves and Mould's voice assumes a frightening monotone. The only real relief from Copper Blue's intensity is the constant flood of catchy melodies. --Steve Knopper

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Album Ever 10 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you never thought heavy rock music could be melodic then you should buy this album and be amazed. From the out and out rock of The Act We Act to the sheer delight of Man In The Moon this album will enthrall and delight. The heavy numbers such as The Slim grow but the instant access numbers such as If I Can't Change Your Mind, Changes, Helpless and Hoover Dam never become tiresome. At times Bob Mould sounds like Sting during the best Police songs (Particularly Changes). What came after paled into comparison. Not because it wasn't equally excellent but because it never delivered on each and every song with each and every note like this. Husker Du may have died but the more melodic, accesable Sugar overshadowed them. When Nirvana and company were inventing themselves the originator out-thought them all and delivered a never to be forgotten classic.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Staggering Achievement 27 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
After the demise of the once-mighty Husker Du, Bob Mould’s musical career hit rough times. Arguments with record companies broke out, a series of patchy solo releases followed and it seemed that the most venerable founding-father of post-punk and alternative rock (whatever “alternative rock” means since “alternative” IS now the mainstream) was adrift. Even despite having achieved some critical success for his solo work, commercial success never came and Mould’s search for musical fulfilment was not yielding many answers.
When “Copper Blue” was released at the very apex of the rave era, the nation was wringing its hands over all things to do with music “characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats” and the music press was obsessing over the handbag-hardcore schism. Only a few people sat up and listened to the news that Mould was back.
There’s no doubting that Creation Records (and of course Rykodisc, Sugar’s US label) knew they had something remarkable in their hands. But when the roar, power and heartbreaking intricacy of Bob Mould’s wall-of-guitar had reached such exquisite fruition as on this magical album, word soon began to spread: Bob Mould was back, Back, BACK and had served the ace that everyone thought he might one day be capable of.
Creation was, of course, still “only” an indie label and did not have an enormous corporate promotion budget to throw at it. Coming hot on the heels of Mould’s solo career and having none of the youth, boyish looks or swaggering gobbiness of the other big-noise bands of the time, Sugar were still a risky proposition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pop Smothered In Guitars 9 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Terrific songs smothered in guitars from start to finish. Changes and Helpless are awesome but there's not one weak song here. The album came out at the same time as Nevermind which might explain why its been overlooked by so many, not that I think Bob Mould is too bothered by that. Copper Blue is a man at the top of his game. If he'd wanted to he could have become a massive star with this record but he didn't - and thats why his music sounds so good. He does it the way he thinks it should be done and it comes from the heart.
The simplest and strongest recommendation I can give is that Copper Blue is my favourite album of all time, bar none.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Review below 11 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm glad that guy wrote that below.

it proves that the vast majoity of people who go onto Amazon to leave review does so coz they love the album - Its good that you get a mixture of opinons. Not many people go on to rate an album they didnt like that much.

personally i love this one - it is a genre classic - for me it is one of the peaks of the early 90's guitar lead rock. if you like nirvana/foo fighters you'll probably like this too. altough theyre not as angst ridden as Nirvana and not as commercial as foo fighters.

i was 18 the first time i heard it in a 2nd hand store in leeds. I thought it was REM - i always liked REM i just wished they'd rock out a bit more.

Well thats what i thought it was - a new album by REM with some louder guitars. The guy told me it was sugar and i had heard about them so bought his last copy.

Its a great album, full of enough noise to satisfy the grunge lovers and enough melody to keep those that like a hook happy.

The reviewer below is correct - its down sides is that it can sound a bit samey, the production is a bit sketchy and there is only one exception from full out rock on the album.

Its not got 5 stars in that it is one of the all time classics in the world ever but it is certainly one of the best alt/rock albums you can find.

Buy if you love alt/rock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album released on Creation?!! 21 April 2006
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Post the mighty Husker Du, Bob Mould's other efforts have been diverse and divisive,but this is top banana, the Real Deal. I firmly believe that Copper Blue is the best album ever released on the Creation Label.The Songs are superbly crafted, Bob is in resounding voice and the quality never dips, from opener The Act We Act through to the album's closer, Man On The Moon, the sheer class resonates. A must-buy for fans of Husker Du and a worthy addition to any informed CD collection. Buy and Enjoy!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars More hooks than a fisherman's hat.
I bought this album on vinyl when it first came out and all these years later, I still remember the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end the first time I heard the first... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time
Given the recent re-issue which piqued my interest, I decided to upgrade from my (copied!) cassette to the CD version of Copper Blue. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thomas J Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars You haven't heard of 'Copper Blue'?
OK, Short and sweet this one. If you've never herad 'Copper Blue' go out and buy it. It's that simple. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2012 by Mr. S. C. Burge
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet as a nut
I remember buying this album back in the day, the week it came out in fact, and being blown away by the sonic hurricane that exploded from the speakers. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2011 by P. M. Stoddart
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast of guitars
I have to admit that I'm largely unfamiliar with Bob Mould's former band Husker Du, so discovering this 1992 album was an unexpected delight. Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by klaher
5.0 out of 5 stars Copper Blue
For me, Copper Blue is the best pop/punk/rock album that I've ever listened to. If you're into bands like Nirvana, The Smithereens, Pixies, Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins and... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2009 by Hippopotamus
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential alternative rock
One of the greatest alt-rock albums ever made, with Bob Mould's awesome songwriting being backed up by a tighter than Hell rhythm section - huge riffs, melodies that get in your... Read more
Published on 6 April 2008 by Mr. D. Mcgrady
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who search out good music..
This is a brilliant album (don't let the reviewer who alikened it to REM put you off!)

This is when indie was INDIE and Djs would felt comfortable in playing Pavement,... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2008 by Mrs. T. J. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
When the first singles from this came out in the UK ('a good idea', and 'changes'), my best friend and I listened to them non stop. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2007 by Pandatrousers
3.0 out of 5 stars Err..NOT the best album released by Creation, actually
I wanted to listen to this album for years, since it was rated "Best Album 1992" by the NME on the year of its release - only now (a bit late)have I had the chance - but the NME... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2007 by J. Pearce
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