Mudhoney is still intact, it's all here: The surging, relentless power-sludge welling up out of the rumbling bass, drums and guitar drone complete with crashing waves of squirrelly soloing.
The eyebrow-raising addition of horns works in every way it shouldn't. Rather than punctuate the tracks, they meld right in with the drone and add color and most importantly power, upping the intensity.
The apocalyptic lyrical pronouncements are hurled down the mountain by Mark Arm as a disgusted Old Testament prophet in the mood for judgment and retribution. A true tribal elder, Mr. Arm has always stood apart from run of the mill punk rock critics because his criticisms come from a place of interior shame and frustration, not just anger. He has seen the enemy and the enemy is us.
The Bush-Cheney Iraq adventure rant Hard-On For War first turned up on Thurston Moore's MP3 protest song site and has justly gained much attention. It rocks hard and protests loudly.
In a Rolling Stone magazine play list, Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam said Under A Billion Suns was the best Mudhoney album ever and called out I Saw The Light as his favorite. No argument here.
The All Music Guide reviewer picked out Let's Drop In for special attention. This song is a Mudhoney groover along the lines of Real Low Vibe where the horns are especially effective. Pretty cool.
My personal pick for best track is the album closer Blindspots. This relentless hard rocker takes me back to the grunge rock glories of old. It must be played loud, very loud. Blindness is the best defense / Senselessness is the best defense.