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Silver Age [VINYL] [Collector's Edition]

Bob Mould, Sugar Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (1 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B008YFYII8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Star Machine
2. Silver Age
3. The Descent
4. Briefest Moment
5. Steam of Hercules
6. Fugue State
7. Round the City Square
8. Angels Rearrange
9. Keep Believing
10. First Time Joy

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Those familiar with the decades-spanning oeuvre of Bob Mould from his pioneering early 80s work with Hüsker Dü to his solo work in singer-songwriter, electronic, and rock modes, to the deafening pop sparkle of Sugar might expect a new album bearing the title Silver Age to be a sombre and reflective set in the mode of his last album, 2009 s Life and Times...and they d be way off the mark.

Silver Age is an intense and concise ten song blast far more reminiscent of Bob s latter-day Hüsker Dü output. Recorded with his current touring band of Jon Wurster on drums (Superchunk/Mountain Goats) and Jason Narducy on bass.

I d been batting around the idea of another aggressive pop record for some time, Bob says, especially as the 20th anniversary of Copper Blue kept getting closer." It s no surprise, then, that Silver Age careens out of the speakers with a sense of exhilaration that reflects the excitement with which Bob and his live band cranked out the record in a tight whirlwind of a window in early 2012.

Bob is an indie-rock legend, having fronted seminal 1980s US punk band Hüsker Dü (cited by Nirvana and The Pixies as a huge influence)

Achieved remarkable commercial success with his early-90s power trio Sugar (3 UK top 10 albums including the classic Copper Blue), and has gone onto a critically acclaimed solo career.

The new album strongly references Bob s Sugar period (recently reissued in expanded editions) as well as his recent collaboration with the Foo Fighters (Bob made a guest appearance on their last album Wasting Light and subsequent worldwide tour). A recent testimonial concert to Bob in San Francisco featured appearances from the likes of Dave Grohl and Ryan Adams performing his songs.

It s a vibrant collection of hook-filled pop songs with a powerful contemporary rock production. The album will be preceded by a single The Descent (released worldwide on in August 2012).

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LP Sugar/Husker Du Founder

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Peak for Bob 24 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
Right, Bob Mould is an icon for me so with that said I will do my best to review the album in its own right. The album kicks off with three great songs - Star Machine, Silver Age and The Descent - all typical Bob - he seems very comfortable in his sneered melodic unapologetic rage - Silver Age took a few listens before the full impact hit but wow what a song. The Descent, great lyrics, speaks volumes about where he seems to be right now. For me the mid-album songs are top drawer but dont hit the peaks of the first three until Angels Rearrange starts another great threesome of songs to finish the album out. There isn't one song on the album that I'd skip through and I've been listening to it a lot over the last two weeks - Streams of Hercules is this albums cry out Hoover Dam and may well become a classic in the fullness of time. I'm trying to find a con about the album to temper my enthusiasm buts its difficult - the production is right for the Bob Mould sound and his band are on top form. Roll on Bob - once a legend....always......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Copper Blue? Pure Gold! 10 Oct 2012
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A fabulous return to form by the original troubadour of rock. This is Bob Mould's finest and most consistent body of work since Copper Blue. Textured, layered guitar based tunes that grab your ears. The other 5 star reviews say it all, so I won't repeat. This album needs to be played LOUDLY ! (That is all)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A return to classic guitar led rock 1 Oct 2012
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
With the exception of the last track First time joy this album is a return to what many, me included, thinks Bob Mould does best, Rock n Roll with loud guitars, bass and drums. On this occasion he hasn't forgotten the songs either, predominantly slow/soft verse, soaring surging chorus, just like it used to be. There have been a few examples recently of artists who have re-visited their past to produce timeless excellence and this album is another one. It's the old dilemma, do you try and be experimental to show you are seeking out new avenues, which Mould has done on previous occasions, or do you return to what has proved successful in the past and you patently enjoy producing, give it a bit of a polish and get it out there? In this case it's the latter and very welcome it is too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my review 31 Dec 2012
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Bob Mould on devastating, full throttle form in my view. First new album by Mr Mould that I have bought in years. A great mix of searing guitar work, thumping drums and tuneful melody. If this is Bob's Silver Age I wonder what his Golden Age might bring? Keep on keeping on Bob, one of my fave all time musical heroes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob back to his best 17 Nov 2012
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I have been a massive Husker Du/Sugar/Bob Mould fan for years, although even I would admit that Mould's post-Sugar output has been patchy at best. That said, Silver Age is cracking. I feared for the worst after the last album (Life and Times), which is to be avoided in all honesty, but this is very much a return to form. Definitely prefer it to District Line, which is a quality album in its own right.

This feels like where Sugar would have gone if he had stayed with it. I had read that he was looking to rock out a bit on his next album, and this doesn't disappoint. Bob's voice has a bit of its old growl back and there is some restrained guitar feedback. The first five songs segue wonderfully well into each other, everytime I listen to this the volume knob keeps going up. Best of all there are none of the navel-staring dirges which his Bobness is sometimes prone to.

This is Bob Mould doing what he does best. I keep hoping he will have one more go at a Husker Du album (Zen Arcade II mmmmmmm), but I guess we are all getting old. Bob is looking decidely ancient these days. There is a bit of filler towards the end, but no song outstays its welcome. I would call it AOR, but it is too good for that, not least because there is a little drop of Husker spite in the mix. Sincerely hope that Bob stays in this mould (see what I done!) for at least another album. I am still kicking myself because I missed his last UK dates. Green Day and Muse won't be this good in 25 years time. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence 8 Nov 2012
By Shadow
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This is Bob Mould at his absolute best. Heavy guitars and great tunes - what more do you want? All in all, an excellent album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Bob! 2 Aug 2013
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Just the greatest man in music. Ever. This is an astonishing record, every bit as good as Copper Blue and certainly better than either Candy Apple Grey or Warehouse. How he keeps cranking out such consisisent quality is anyone's guess, but it it doesn't matter just as long as he does. I saw him live in Leeds a couple of months back and it was storming; first 5 tracks played were just side one of Copper Blue. A few tracks from this as well, but the totallyy unexpected highlight was an amazing rendition of 'Chartered Trips' off Zen Arcade; certainly not a song I ever thought I'd ever hear performed live.

I've got Grant Hart's new LP on order, and it should arrive any day. You've a lot to live up here Grant, but I'm sure you're up to the task!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 2 Jun 2013
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This just proves that age is no boundary to creating fantastic music. I have a lots of Bob's previous CDs in various guises and I think this is actually one of the best. All of the tracks here are superb, no fillers in sight. With each listen, the tracks grow and it really is a well put together album with great production.
If you have ever liked Husker Du or Sugar you will not be disappointed. If youve never heard of Bob Mould, where have you been? Any fans of Foo Fighers or equivalents wont be disappointed with this.
Just remember to play nice and loud. Bob Mould, I salute you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Melodies & Stun Gun Guitar
Bob Mould has never recorded a bad album, some are really good, some are really great - this one falls in the latter - What are you waiting for -Go Buy!
Published 5 months ago by Lionheart
3.0 out of 5 stars Silver Age by Bob Mould
I am a huge Bob Mould fan and have most of his stuff going back to Husker Du. There are some good tracks on this but for me it's all a bit samey. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting back to old form
Bob Mould's musical output has been varied (to say the least!) over the last decade or so. Many fans took objection to his foray into electronica, and the arrival as Life and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by stepfordhusband
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of the God Father of Grunge.
Great to hear from Bob Mould again. Solid album but it obviously cannot better the majestic Copperblue album from his earlier band sugar. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Martin Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar - reprise?
I've folloewed Bob Mould since the glory days of 'Copper Blue' and during college 'Sugar' formed the staple part of my music diet. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. S. C. Burge
5.0 out of 5 stars Been on my car stereo for two months!
I first discovered Bob Mould via a Sugar track (The Act We Act) on a free Q magazine compilation CD in the early 90s. Loved it, bought Copper Blue and played it to death. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Westo
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant return to form
Bob Mould has produced in a glittering career some of the best albums that I own, from the work with Husker Du to his work with Sugar, he's always been there or there abouts on my... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. M. L. Hawes
3.0 out of 5 stars file under samey listening
Don't get me wrong, this is a solid album, but it's also the same old story here for me: Loved Husker Du, loved Sugar, but can't get into Bob Mould's solo albums. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ChuckFadanoid
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality
The excellent reviews convinced me to buy this and it really is a terrific album which should be played on maximum volume. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stevo
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