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on 8 August 2001
Just what is everyone's problem with 80's music? Listening to this album its clear that everything was fine and dandy in the States. Husker Du (along with REM, Pixies, Replacements and AMC) were the vanguard of the indie scene and CANDY APPLE GREY might just be Husker Du's finest hour.
Released after Husker Du signed to Warner, CANDY APPLE GREY is a excellent set of power driven, guitar pop songs. To me the most interesting thing about the album is the dual songwriting of Grant Hart and Bob Mould. The songs penned by Hart are generally faster, one-dimensional songs dealing with relationship problems. Don't get me wrong, I love SORRY SOMEHOW and DON'T WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE LONELY - they work on their own level. However the real treat are Bob Mould's songs. Mould has spread his canvas wider than Hart, bringing in biting social comment. Mould seems to use reflection as opposed to anger as the main emotion of his songs. I DON'T KNOW FOR SURE seems to be about 5 years ahead of its time, pre-empting the whole Slacker/Grunge scene. However it's the acoustic TOO FAR GONE and HARDLY GETTING OVER IT that really stand out. The latter is a haunting ode to death with Mould sighing, "Grandma, she got sick, she is going to die. And Grandpa had a seizure, moved into a hotel cell and died away". But its not all doom and gloom. EIFFEL TOWER HIGH is a wry, humorous tale of a woman who in true Dylan fashion, "Buys herself a seat, and sits on the floor".
Get this and then buy the slightly earlier double album ZEN ARCADE, and then bow to the true forefathers of Grunge.
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