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Hot Wax [CD]

Grant Hart Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wienerworld
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're the Reflection of the Moon On the Water
2. Barbara
3. Charles Hollis Jones
4. School Buses Are for Children
5. Narcissus, Narcissus
6. California Zephyr
7. Sailor Jack
8. I Knew All About You Since Then
9. My Regrets

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grant Hart 9 Feb 2010
By Flock17
Format:Audio CD
Great album, even though not as creative and original as he was in Nova Mob and Huesker Due times. Better than most of the music industry's general output but the expectations are very high given his catalogue. Pity I missed him live in London. Saw him a couple of years ago and it was great
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2009): 12 April 2011
By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Grant Hart - Hot Wax (Con D'or Records / MVD Audio)
I used to love Husker Du. I saw them at the old Marquee on their New Day Rising tour. In fact I spent a large chunk of the evening with my old chum, the late John Peel, explaining just how great Husker Du were (not that he needed much telling), and needless to say they were absolutely on fire that night.

Of course, when the band broke up in 1987, songwriters Grant Hart and Bob Mould fell out and the fussin' and a feudin' begun. As far as I know, it's never stopped. Personally, I didn't pick sides. I liked what they both contributed to Husker Du, and I occasionally (and enthusiastically) dipped into both their solo recordings.

Hart's latest, Hot Wax, is his sixth solo release, and like everything else he's done, he can't help but bring his exceptional pop aptitude to the project. The man's understanding of how a tune works and how hooks get under the skin is unsurpassed in what we laughingly call alternative music.

The collection kicks of with "You're The Reflection Of The Moon In The Water", a title inspired by a comment made by a monk during the selection process to find the next Pachen Lhama (and Hart's love and devotion for Patti Smith), and it's a beautifully gutsy, unrefined rock `n' roll song, underpinned with what sounds like a meaty Hammond organ, though I couldn't find one credited. Anyhow, think The Band if they'd looked East instead of West, and got cranked up on bathtub speed.

Next up; "Barbara" is a far gentler affair, with an arrangement and instrumentation that George Martin could instantly identify with.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just Embarrassing 7 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
I love Husker Du, I love Nova Mob but I do not love this rag tag bag of bits and pieces. For me, this is a rough demo of unfinished songs, ideas not fleshed out, snippets of genius marred by the lack of quality contol. The production is woeful too as almost every song has a bad fade in and fade out. This is so apparent on the 3rd song, Charles Hollis Jones where it fades in so gently to suddenly be ramped up fast as if someone forgot it needed to be faded in quicker.

Ok, so the opener, You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water is a great song. A rocker of a song with a heavy hammond sound that reminds me more of The Doors than anything in Harts past repertoire. Barbara is just plain awful and is skipped every time. The aforementioned Charles Hollis Jones is a decent effort too except the awful fade in. After that it all fades into a blur of half-baked songs with little or no hart (sic).

All in all this isn't a good album at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back, Grant Hart 25 Nov 2009
By Johnny Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Grant Hart was one of the most important figures of
indie rock in the 1980's with Husker Du. After that group's breakup, he continued the high quality of his work with his band, Nova Mob, and as a solo artist.
"Hot Wax" is the first album of new material from
Hart in almost a decade. The wait was worth it. Every
song on "Hot Wax" is good to great.
Hart explores new territory with the chamber pop of
"Barbara", and the ballad, "I Knew All About You Since Then". He has never sounded more whimsical than on the
rollicking tale of "Sailor Jack". Other highlights include the zen-like "You're The Reflection Of The Moon
On The Water", the politically charged "School Buses Are
For Children" and the very catchy "Charles Hollis Jones"
and "California Zephyr". The album concludes with the
defiant, triumphant, "My Regrets".
Unlike so many of his peers, Grant Hart has never
compromised his artistic integrity. While most of his
oontemporaries have released albums to diminishing
returns over the years,what is abundantly clear after
listening to "Hot Wax" is that Grant Hart is still in
top form as a songwriter,vocalist,and musician.
If you are a Grant Hart fan, you will love this
album. If you are unfamiliar with his music and like
melodic rock 'n' roll, do yourself a favor and pick up
a copy of "Hot Wax". You won't be disappointed because
"Hot Wax" is easily one of the best releases of 2009.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grant Hart's Wayback Machine 27 Dec 2009
By Timothy P. Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After Husker Du exploded 22 years ago, Bob Mould went on to solo work and Sugar, both of which were well received by critic and fan alike. Grant Hart, the other singer and songwriter of Du, stayed in the shadows of the underground, releasing the cathartic Intolerance, then forming Nova Mob. Though his recording career has been infrequent, Hart's solo work has shown an impressive consistency throughout...he has a high standard of songwriting excellence, varies his tempos and instrumentation, and truly, his solo releases remind us why Husker Du was so much more than just Bob Mould, even if Mould had more overall influence on the band's sound.

And so, Grant Hart returns after an extended hiatus from recording with Hot Wax, a record that could have been released in...wait for it...1968. This is by no means a bad thing...Hart keeps the organ and piano front and center, giving songs like the opening "You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water" a fat, San Francisco sound even as his lyrics cut sharply into the essence of his subject. ("You're the reflection of the moon on the water/But you're not the moon"). Wow. Throughout the record, Hart takes in both social issues ("Charles Hollis Jones," "School Buses are for Children") as well as personal ones ("Narcissus, Narcissus," "My Regrets"), all the while maintaining the album as a low-tech, high energy affair. Oh, it's true that the guitars are higher in the mix sometimes than they would have been 40 years ago...this is a modern album, after all. But the spirit of Hot Wax seems to have roots in that San Francisco past. It's as if he found a stack of Airplane LPs and a couple of early Bowie or T-Rex imports, played them incessantly for a month, and then recorded this album.

However, at no time does the LP sound derivative in any way. This isn't an echo of another time, or a celebration of the past, but rather a way to catch the feelings that he wants to get across to us, the listener. Hart remains a true American original, and has released an album that's more fun than Bob Mould's ever been, but just as insightful. Recommended for fans of Husker Du, fans of the 60s, and just plain fans of good music. Wonderful stuff.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if I could be town crier 18 Aug 2010
By Stargrazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Grant Hart, known better to many as "the other guy from Hüsker Dü," has been quietly putting out fantastic albums once or twice a decade, including the great Nova Mob semi-concept album "The Last Days Of Pompeii" (1991), The solo offering "Good News For Modern Man" (1999), and his latest "Hot Wax" (2009) which was recorded in Montreal with Howard Bilerman (from the Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Arcade Fire) camps. The results are easily the best Hart has ever etched, mixing his chamber pop sensibilities with the strummier side of indie rock.

Hart also manages to capture an endearingly loose performance with a vintage feel from effective use of organ (especially on opening track "You're The Reflection Of The Moon On The Water"), simple harmonies and guitar effects. Hart has mellowed some in the last decade, put some heroin issues to rest, and emerged with the rough-hewn gem of a criminally underrated career. Lyrically nimble, conceptually expansive, musically concise and just daring you not to press "play" repeatedly, Hart's latest is on a smaller label but really deserves widespread listening -- if not airplay.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY GREAT 20 Feb 2010
By David P. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had the opportunity to see Grant Hart play all the way over in Western Australia to a devoted but small audience (for all the rockers in Perth, it seems many of them were too ignorant to know that Hart was in their midst). He played the kind of blistering, passionate set that all who attended will rave about for years to come. As well as drawing from the past, he plucked tracks from this killer album... and the new songs sat well alongside the classics. It's a diverse collection, covering a lot of lyrical and musical ground, yet clearly soaked in America's sonic myths and legends. There are fuzzy guitar songs, Sixties power-pop songs and Springsteen-meets-Warren-Zevon songs. It is a shame that it's been so long between Grant Hart LPs but hey, let's just love the fact that such a cool performer is making such excellent music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great return to form 6 Feb 2010
By screenplay writer (and lawn care specialist) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I loved Grant Hart's first solo CD ("Intolerance"), and his first CD with the band Nova Mob ("Last Days of Pompeii"), but his solo CD "Good News for the Common Man" left me cold (though I liked the track "Letter from Anne Marie") as did Nova Mob's second CD. Thankfully Grant Hart has done a pretty good job of recreating on "Hot Wax" what was so great about his early solo work and his early work with Nova Mob: The instrumentation and production of the new CD reminds me of the sound of his classic CD "Intolerance", the song "You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water" reminds me of the Nova Mob single "Admiral of the Sea", and the entire CD has a spur-of-the-moment-looseness that recalls the energy and enthusiasm of his earlier work. And, for those of you who were fans of "Good News for the Common Man", the new song "School Buses Are for Children" reminds me a bit of "Letter from Anne Marie".
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