Upbeat melancholia from the man who influenced a generation.
After the chemically charged rush of Husker Du & Sugar, Bob Mould sounds like he's drawing breath on this, his first solo outing.
Here is an album of reflective pop songs in Bob's instantly recognisable but never wearing style. All the melodic heaviness of past glories is here, but maybe slightly less frantic. Heartbreak A Stranger should have been a hit single, and there are many other highlights, Wishing Well being my particular favourite.
If you're a fan of Sugar et al, buy this without fear of disappointment. Check out the later period Golden Palominos for more left-field American pop, whose main man Anton Fier drums on this album.