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Hüsker Dü means nothing to me. Bob Mould means nothing to me either. That is to say, the music that the Dü and the Mould made/make isn’t really the music that I like the Bob to make. The music I love is this:
Sugar – File Under Easy Listening (1994)
1994 was a great year in music, and File Under Easy Listening (or F.U.E.L.) was one of its highlights.
Roaring guitars. Loud guitars. But also, beautiful melodies. A combination I’ve gotten to love, and few albums have gotten it better than F.U.E.L. Bob Mould’s voice has never been angelic or smooth or anything like that, but who knew how well it would fit melodic songs instead of just raging rockers. His gritty vocals over the infectious grooves and chords are exactly what keep this album interesting.
Every song is memorable. Memorable in such a way that even after listening to it only once it will have you singing along full force! The song structures are, without exception, simple and easy to grasp. But simple does not equal dull. It’s never dull! Better still, it keeps on surprising you, more than 16 years after its release.
All the traits of a timeless classic if I’ve ever heard one.
2. Company Book
4. What You Want It To Be
6. Panama City Motel
8. Granny Cool
9. Believe What You’re Saying
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