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Another brilliant Husker Du album.,
This review is from: Candy Apple Grey (Audio CD)
They were prolific, always moving forward- the pop sensibilities becoming apparent on tracks like 'Makes No Sense at All', 'Games' & 'Books About UFO's' are in excelis here.
Bob Mould was becoming the dominant songwriter on 'Candy Apple Grey'- their first album for Warners (where both REM and The Replacements would follow). As everyone should know- there would be no Nirvana or Pixies without the Du.
Opener 'Crystal' picks up where 'Flip Your Wig's 'Divide & Conquer' left off. It's another redhotred track that takes us to Grant Hart's 'Don't Want to Know if You're Lonely'. While Hart was contributing less songs- the quality is almost as high as Mould's. 'Don't Want...' is a cruel heartbreaker and a key Husker Du song...'I Don't Know for Sure' is another guitar-pop song, which Mould would perfect on 'Warehouse's 'Standing in the Rain'. Catchy as hell...The single 'Sorry Somehow' is next- with its wonderful keyboards and Hart's scream of apolgies...The centre of the album belongs to Mould: first there is 'Too Far Down' which opens with the Beatles-inflected experimentation common to 'Zen Arcade' before shifting into a dark acoustic song. A definite precursor of The Replacements 'All Shook Down'. This is a dark night of the soul...Another key Husker Du song lets a little of the light back in with the achingly gorgeous keyboard backing to 'Hardly Getting Over It'. This is a song that would greatly influence REM- with songs like 'Sweetness Follows' & 'Fretless'...Hart's dumb-Ramonesesque 'Dead Set on Destruction' picks the beat up- though is the duffest moment here...Mould replies with 'Eiffel Tower High'- another manic pop burnout prior to Hart's piano-based ballad 'No Promise I Made'- which almost returns to the intstrumental 'One Step at a Time' from 'Zen Arcade' as its starting point. Finally Mould rounds off the album with the sublime guitar-hook of 'All This I've done for You'- imagine if the Yardbirds had played punk.
'Candy Apple Grey' is a great album- a good introduction to Husker Du and the predecessor to their final masterpiece 'Warehouse (Songs & Stories)'.