12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With Husker Du and Sugar, Bob Mould kept his guitars on 11 as he sweetened the deal with sweet melodies that belied an interest in a pop music much lighter than his crippling electric guitar attack. From there, Mould put the scare in his rock guitar-based audience by turning to elements of electronica for 2002’s Modulate. However, it seems to have been a building block, an opportunity for Mould to learn a few new tricks, because he puts a few unique lessons into the follow-up, 2005’s exemplary Body of Song. From the opening charge of “Circles,” Mould sounds like a man on a mission and the electronically manipulated vocoder-pitch corrected vocals on “(Shine Your) Light Love Home,” “I Am Vision, I Am Sound” and “Always Tomorrow” reflect this interest in bringing his earth-based concerns to future galaxies. Backed by a small, tight ensemble, Mould wastes few notes and his songwriting takes precise focus. “Underneath Days,” “Days of Rain” and “Best Thing” were among his strongest tunes in years and point towards a new resurgence for the vaunted songwriter.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With Husker Du and Sugar, Bob Mould kept his guitars on 11 as he sweetened the deal with sweet melodies that belied an interest in a pop music much lighter than his crippling electric guitar attack. From there, Mould put the scare in his rock guitar-based audience by turning to elements of electronica for 2002’s Modulate. However, it seems to have been a building block, an opportunity for Mould to learn a few new tricks, because he puts a few unique lessons into the follow-up, 2005’s exemplary Body of Song. From the opening charge of “Circles,” Mould sounds like a man on a mission and the electronically manipulated vocoder-pitch corrected vocals on “(Shine Your) Light Love Home,” “I Am Vision, I Am Sound” and “Always Tomorrow” reflect this interest in bringing his earth-based concerns to future galaxies. Backed by a small, tight ensemble, Mould wastes few notes and his songwriting takes precise focus. “Underneath Days,” “Days of Rain” and “Best Thing” were among his strongest tunes in years and point towards a new resurgence for the vaunted songwriter.

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