Life and Times CD
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Digital Booklet: Life And Times
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BOB MOULD Life And Times (2009 UK 10-track CD album - Bob Mould is one of the most influential musicians of the alternative rock era first for his early work with post-punks Hüsker Dü followed by the alternative rock perfection of Sugar and finally for his solo albums. 30 years since the formation of Hüsker Dü and 20 years since their explosive demise Bob is marking anniversaries with an album filled with self-reflection and an unflinching examination of the world around him. Standouts like Wasted World and Im Sorry Baby But You Cant Stand In My Light Anymore highlight an artist completing a cycle decades in the making his talent undiminished his perspective acute. With Life And Times Bob comes full circle reclaiming his indie songwriting mantle from the generation of musicians he inspired. Picture sleeve still factory sealed from new in its original shrinkwrap mint and unplayed is the order of the day here!)
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I have liked every Bob Mould album since the early Husker Du days (Sugar's swansong 'F.U.E.L being the one I find most difficult to love)but I think its fair to say this has been a challenging decade for him - although some of the challenges he has admirably created for himself in a bid to not re-tread the same old ground again. 'Modulate' was an interesting experiment in dance-infused terrain which yielded several great songs though didn't quite work as an album (worked amazingly live). 'Body of Song' in 2005 was clearly a labour of love where Bob tried to balance the rock aesthetic, which we all know and love him for, with some of the dance influences he had absorbed since the late 1990's. That was a strong record - about thirty to thirty five minutes of it are just brilliant - but not a Mould masterpiece. Then came 'District Line' last year - the dance edge was almost entirely removed with Bob honing in on the basics and producing his best album so far this decade.
Until Life & Times. The title and cover are both reminiscint of Mould's 1989 classic 1989 release 'Workbook' but he casts his net much wider in terms of tapping into his rich history, alongside infusing some new textures, to generate his most coherent and strongest set of songs since the mid-1990's. So you get little bits of the dark masterpiece 'Bob Mould' in 'Bad Blood Better' and 'Lifetime, some Sugar in 'Spiralling Down' and even a trace of 'Beaster' (still his best work in my view and one of the most powerful thirty minutes ever committed to tape) in 'Wasted World'.Read more ›
Bob Mould's song 'Too Far Down' from the 'Candy Apple Grey' album
(1986) was up there with the best that the decade had to offer.
Mr Mould is still a vital force. I think, like a good wine,
his voice has become stronger, more distinctive and refined
with the passing years. 'Life and Times' is a testament to the
endurance and survival of his somewhat dark and doleful muse.
The ten songs in this new collection are all as good anything
he has previously written. The no-frills, economic but edgy
execution of the material packs a big emotional punch.
'City Lights' is a wonderful example of how a relatively
simple melody can be transformed and booted up to a higher
level by the right kind of musical and rhythmic dynamism.
'MM 17' is a four-square rocker. Densely-layered and buzzing
with energetic but beautifully integrated electric guitar work.
(No big gratuitous solos for Mr Mould!)
At just over two minutes long 'Argos' bristles with the kind
of raucous post-punk energy which made Husker Du so great.
'Bad Blood Better' is a blisteringly raw cri de coeur.
The private made public in lyrics of almost unbearable honesty.
'I'm Sorry, Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Any More'
is another extraordinarily vivid autobiographical composition.
A song burning with loss, anger and regret for an unhappy ending.
Final track 'Lifetime' is not an easy listen either but
brings the album to an achingly plaintive conclusion.
The production is crisp. clear and richly layered. Bob obviously likes compressors and uses them to great effect. From the opening guitar lines of the title track we are treated to a full-on Bob experience that sounds warm, rich and detailed.
"Bad Blood Better" is the standout track here. "Mm 17" is brilliant, as is the title track and "Spiralling Down" is very reminiscent of Sugar's Copper Blue period.
Overall a satisfying listen and puts recent pop/rock music from new acts in the shade. I'm still amazed that more popular artists have not covered his work and benefitted from his meticulous craftsmanship. His songs have a universal yet highly personal quality that is testament to his tasteful (but uncomrpmising) lyrics.
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the cd is great loved it ,good old bob,he does it again.he has been going for years......
get it....you must
Bob Mould writes magical, wonderful music. Live he has always been stunning. I believe he is massively under appreciated. Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2010 by Grover