10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their major label debut, Minnesota's hardest rocking post-punks finally receive the production might that eluded them throughout their days on the independent labels. The extra sonic punch brings Bob Mould's assaulting guitars to the forefront without burying the vocals under the wall of sound. With two strong songwriters in the group — Mould and drummer Grant Hart — Hüsker Dü were able to bend their attack towards power pop ends without going completely soft. "Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely," "Sorry Somehow," "Dead Set On Destruction," and "Eiffel Tower High" are elegant, well-crafted pop songs delivered with an extra blast of feedback and committed passion. Hart's "Too Far Down" and Mould's "Hardly Getting Over It" are stirring ballads that prove the band wasn't just about pure aggression but were also driven by a deep emotionalism that partly hinged on their identity as aging rockers in a perpetually youth-based world. Mature punk? It might seem like a contradiction, but it's that tension that drives their finest work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their major label debut, Minnesota's hardest rocking post-punks finally receive the production might that eluded them throughout their days on the independent labels. The extra sonic punch brings Bob Mould's assaulting guitars to the forefront without burying the vocals under the wall of sound. With two strong songwriters in the group — Mould and drummer Grant Hart — Hüsker Dü were able to bend their attack towards power pop ends without going completely soft. "Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely," "Sorry Somehow," "Dead Set On Destruction," and "Eiffel Tower High" are elegant, well-crafted pop songs delivered with an extra blast of feedback and committed passion. Hart's "Too Far Down" and Mould's "Hardly Getting Over It" are stirring ballads that prove the band wasn't just about pure aggression but were also driven by a deep emotionalism that partly hinged on their identity as aging rockers in a perpetually youth-based world. Mature punk? It might seem like a contradiction, but it's that tension that drives their finest work.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Bass68 ,

At last...

Not too sure what "staid post-hardcore punk" is but I do know that this is one fine album and a must have for your Husker collection. These guys were just one or two years ahead of their time, if they'd come out a little later they'd have been huge. So many great songs, so many great albums. Now let's get the SST stuff out there as well.

"Now I'm a little bit older/and I'm not a hell of a lot wiser"

zdfg ,

Parts are better than the whole

"Hardly Getting Over It" stands out as a loud statement of social conscience. I bought this CD towards the end of the eighties, after I listened to Warehouse Songs and Stories, and although it never grabbed me in it's entirety, Candle Apple Grey is still an important part of the Husker Du legacy.

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Let down when viewed from Zen Arcade and inidividual efforts

This album has some quality word and song craft but just doesn't capture the energy and focus Husker Du could create. The "Zen Arcade" album IS 'The Punk Opera' and a timeless statement of youth angst and struggle way b4 Green Day was on the scene.

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