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District Line

Bob Mould Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B000Y9MOHY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stupid Now
2. Who Needs to Dream
3. Again and Again
4. Old Highs, New Lows
5. Return To Dust
6. The Silence Between Us
7. Shelter Me
8. Very Temporary
9. Miniature Parade
10. Walls In Time

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BBC Review

There's a lot to thank former Husker Du and Sugar front-man Bob Mould for. From the pioneering buzz-saw guitars of the former to the power pop of the latter, Mould's late '80s and early '90s work paved the way for Nirvana, The Pixies and a whole vein of American college rock.

It's disappointing then that Mould's solo work since has been competent rather than compelling. However District Line - his seventh solo outing - marks a return to his trademark melodic sound. Indeed, the pop punk rush of lead single The Silence Between Us or Again And Again wouldn't sound out of place on Sugar's 1992 masterpiece, Copper Blue.

On District Line there's a sense that Mould has been re-energised musically and personally. This may, in part, be due to his unexpected reinvention as a club DJ, bringing the likes of Justice and Soulwax to Washington DC, but also due to the security that middle age brings, and the accompanying feeling that he's far enough away from past glories to revisit his musical roots. Even on its more reflective moments - most notably the aching Old Highs, New Lows - District Line fizzes with warmth and naggingly insistent melodies.

If you'll excuse the pun, rather than mouldering in a corner, it's a testament to his songwriting skills that Bob is still making records as good as Husker Du's debut LP 25 years ago. For long time fans and newcomers alike, taking a ride on the District Line has rarely been as satisfying. --Rowan Collinson

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Mould - 'District Line' (Anti) 10 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Personally, I haven't heard much material lately from the former guitarist, song-writer and vocalist of Husker Du and Sugar. Really enjoyed checking out this ten track solo effort from Mould. Basically, just an all around solid alternative rock album. Notably, 'District Line' tends to reflect a bit of the attitude of early Husker Du. Tunes I was most impressed with were "Who Needs To Dream", "Again And Again" (great guitar work), "Return To Dust", the somewhat smooth "Shelter Me" and the radio friendly "Very Temporary". Some old school fans might just eat this title up. I advise to listen to sound clips (where provided) before purchasing. Should appeal to fans of Frank Black, Fagazi, Paul Westerburg and Robyn Hitchcock.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Returning to form 26 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
Loved Husker Du, liked the solo work, loved Sugar, hated Modulate - almost gave up on Bob, but tried Body of Work (get the bonus disc if you can - Surveyors and Cranes is a great track) which was ok, and now District Line. District Line is better than Body of Work, though still drops a star as there are still too many synths (including on the voice, as others have said). But there are some fabulous tracks on here - Stupid Now, Again and Again, The Silence Between Us, Very Temporary are all favourites, and I'd compare them to Sugar (Copper Blue, but more muscular) rather than Husker Du (the songs are nowhere near as fast as Du, and are more writerly). I'm certainly looking forward to the next, but you should probably get this one if you haven't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 11 Feb 2008
By PSD
Format:Audio CD
I havent been this excited about an album for years! 'District Line' is an ecceptionaly good record...

I've been a fan of 'Husker Du' and 'Sugar' for years but must admit I havent followed Bob's solo stuff as closely (I dont know why). After listening to this record I will pay closer attention!

This is a rocking, heartfelt, and emotionaly intense record. Bob always has a brilliant way with melody and there are plenty of hooks in this one that quite honestly had me chocked up with the pleaure of listening to each song.

This is truly superb indie rock and wholeheartedly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for chilling and grilling! 13 Feb 2008
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Wow! Picked this little beaut up today, rounded up a few bears and headed back to the ranch. Threw this on the stereo and a couple of steaks on the Foreman grill. Double wow! Great record. I gotta admit it...when track 7 kicked in...the shirts came off! Gotta love Bob, HE RULES!
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