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Under A Billion Suns [CD]

Mudhoney, Mudhoney Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B000CQKY1M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under a Billion Suns 17 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
The most political of Mudhoney albums comes across rather depressed to begin with, but as you travel through the record you begin to realise that Mudhoneys traditional snarling sarcasm is mocking those the songs are directed at, rather than simply moaning. 'Where is the Future?' becomes a strong motivational ballad and is about life in away most people can relate to. Empty-Shells is just as relative except the whole song feels more upbeat somehow. The highlight of the album is Blindspots, which is an extremely well written piece of music with flowing and clever lyrics. The track showcases the more mature, and as ever defiant Mudhoney spirit.
Most of the album follows on from 'Since We've Become Translucent', which sees the band move on garage rock and fuzz pedals to a more grown up sound including brass instruments and more complicated percussion and string work.
This album is essential to any Mudhoney fan and you will very soon get certain tracks stuck in your head.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mudhoney back to their best 30 May 2006
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I was a little worried when I ordered this CD. I was a little disappointed with Since We Became Translucent. I did not want to see a favourite band deteriorating like so many do over time. Fortunately, I had no need to worry. In my opinion this is the best Mudhoney album since Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.

Mudhoney have moved on, instead of looking back to the glory days of grunge, they have evolved and adapted their sound. Don't worry they haven't lost their cynicism and humour or compromised musically. The lyrics have a harder, cynical edge delivered with Mark Arm's ever-present sneer and the introduction of a brass section on certain tracks works surprisingly well.

Overall, the album is superb, I can't stop playing it. Stand out tracks for me are, I Saw The Light, Hard-on For War and Blindspots. I hope this album gives Mudhoney the recognition they have deserved for so long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still great after all these years! 22 Sep 2010
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If like me you haven't paid much mind to Mudhoney since those early 'grunge' records (like the excellent 'Superfuzz Bigmuff') then 'Under a Billion Suns' may come as a nice surprise...while not being a million (or a billion) miles from that classic 'Honey sound they have grown and developed as a band. In amongst the Stooges-esque guitar and Mark Arms familier vocals this album brings a horn section and a sense of renewed urgency with it. The excellent opening track, 'Where is the Future?', sets the scene well with Mark singing- "where is the future that was promised us?...I'm sick to death of this one!". It's completely different to, but just as exciting as, anything on Superfuzz. There's many a treat to be found on this album but perhaps the Sabbath-like dirge of 'Hard-On For War' comes as a particular highlight, along with the stunning 'Endless Yesterday'. If you haven't listened to Mudhoney in years and were ready to resign them to nostalgia along with playing 'Touch Me, I'm Sick' now and again then give 'Under a Billion Suns' a go- Mudhoney are still amazing, long after they have any right to be!

A cracking album all round then!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Storm Surge 23 Aug 2006
By Christopher Bushman - Published on Amazon.com
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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 songs:

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Mudhoney. 7 April 2006
By E. Garrett McGehee IV - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. 17-18 years on, Mudhoney do not let off. Too bad Lukin is not around but that fact is beside the point. Mudhoney are the masters of rock. Pure rock and roll my friends. These boys do not mess around. Hard On For War is one of the best songs I have heard in the last ten years. Mudhoney remains vital, fresh, and ready to kick the [...] out of modern music which is pretty much complete garbage. These guys never sold out and make no bones about it. Long live Mudhoney.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past 10 Aug 2006
By Jovian Laertides - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Mudhoney have always refused to be a part of the 'mainstream' despite the fact that in the late 80s they were among the originators of grunge. As a matter of fact they have always celebrated their 'independent' status and this is something they do not forget to do in their new album. In 'Under a Billion Suns' they utilise their old acid grunge recipes, add to the mix a healthy dose of horn arrangements and, while their 'old' age has by now become pretty obvious, they manage to serve us with quite a few refreshments which are especially delightful for their old fans. This album won't change your life, it's probably not the first Mudhoney record one should buy but it's well worth a few spins in your player. Do not ignore it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rawk! 22 July 2006
By Andreas Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am so trapped on old Mud that I was skeptical about this at first, but they are still very much alive, and after a few listens this completely blew me away. "Hard-On For War" was the icebreaker and then it was all bliss from there..
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was hoping for! 9 Mar 2009
By master10 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Under a billion suns is somewhat lacking the ingredients of what made this band great. I'm not saying it isn't any good, but just an average overall effort. It starts out promising with a errie e-minor riff and some decent horn sections. Then It is us goes back to earlier territory with the stooges influence intact. I saw the light is a quick blues romp and fits quite nicely. Endless Yesterday is a departure sounding more like a ballad that could have been done by Trail of Dead, but it works very well. Mark Arm actually is trying to sing more which is shows there are stetching out some. The bad news is after Endless Yesterday the rest of the album is quite spotty and at times bland. Empty shells is nothing more than a stale attempt of retreading old ground. There are also an overuse of the horns to attempt to hide the bland songwriting. Under a Billion Suns is worth getting if you are a fan, but dont expect too much.
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