20 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Known for being the pop-oriented member of the ‘80s indie-punk band Hüsker Dü, Grant Hart has shown glimpses of that pop mode in his solo career—and 2013’s The Argument takes on all challengers. The 20-track album is said to be a concept album based on Milton’s Paradise Lost and William S. Burroughs’ sci-fi re-imagining of it, Lost Paradise. Close listening reveals that Satan can be quite a crooner when he gets around to singing as Hart, and the songs on the album’s first half do have a shuffling, show-tune groove in tunes such as “If We Have the Will,” “I Am Death," and, especially, “Sin” and “Underneath the Apple Tree.” Elsewhere, “Letting Me Out” filters Buddy Holly through Hart’s performance. For those seeking hints of former Hüsker power, there’s the album’s second half, where we join fallen angels Adam and Eve in progress. “Glorious” rolls through like a demo for Flip Your Wig. With a raunchy harmonica, “For Those Too High Aspiring” captures Hart’s hippie side.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Known for being the pop-oriented member of the ‘80s indie-punk band Hüsker Dü, Grant Hart has shown glimpses of that pop mode in his solo career—and 2013’s The Argument takes on all challengers. The 20-track album is said to be a concept album based on Milton’s Paradise Lost and William S. Burroughs’ sci-fi re-imagining of it, Lost Paradise. Close listening reveals that Satan can be quite a crooner when he gets around to singing as Hart, and the songs on the album’s first half do have a shuffling, show-tune groove in tunes such as “If We Have the Will,” “I Am Death," and, especially, “Sin” and “Underneath the Apple Tree.” Elsewhere, “Letting Me Out” filters Buddy Holly through Hart’s performance. For those seeking hints of former Hüsker power, there’s the album’s second half, where we join fallen angels Adam and Eve in progress. “Glorious” rolls through like a demo for Flip Your Wig. With a raunchy harmonica, “For Those Too High Aspiring” captures Hart’s hippie side.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

bcb723 ,

Return Of A Legend

Grant Hart was the soul of one of the best bands of the past 30 years, Husker Du. This album is a towering acheivement and should be listened to by anyone interested in the art of songwriting. Thanks Grant.

cvplummer ,

A Little Underwhelmed..

I know people have been raving and fainting over this collection.. But after repeated listens, I gotta say its not all that phenomenal.. It is good, it may be great at times.. But I am not feeling the world stop and the rivers part like a lot of other people..
As a treatment of Milton's work, filtered through Burroughs.. Yeah, pretty cool.. But after Hart's last album that had a few stellar moments, this
falls flat. Music wise it is very constructed and varied in its approach.. I can appreciate that, I will say there are some memorable times. However from a guy who has penned some of the most heartfelt and phenomenal lyrics thought some 30 years with different bands, the lyrics feel like a book report at times.. I'm listening this and I am having déjà vu. I am feeling like there are direct quotes lifted right from the original work.

Easterdrunner ,

Great record but uneven

Grant Hart takes on Milton's Paradise Lost, and gives it his acid tinged pop/punk edge. There are some tremendous songs here some filler material and two oddball trax. If you love Grant's contributions to HUSKER DU or even his Nova Mob material, you will enjoy this project I gotta admit I would rather this have been 1 album of the best ten or 12 songs, I'll take whatever Mr Hart decides to provide. Related note, watch his YouTube video from some Seattle station where he explains several of the songs

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