23 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the progress of the 1983 EP Metal Circus, Hüsker Dü released Zen Arcade, a double-LP concept album about a boy who leaves home and enters a dangerous world. It's Quadrophenia for the next generation. It has stood the test of time as one of the '80s indie rock scene's greatest achievements, working past its hardcore punk roots to include a chilling acoustic track ("Never Talking to You Again"), pastiches of surreal sound ("Hare Krsna," "Reoccurring Dreams"), and tuneful punk anthems ("Turn on the News," "What's Going On," "Something I Learned Today"). The advantage of one band having two formidable singers and songwriters—guitarist Bob Mould and drummer Grant Hart—meant there was no let-up in the material's quality. The desperation that seeps into tracks such as "Pride" and "I'll Never Forget You" is enhanced by the real pressures the band members felt as they recorded and mixed the whole album in 85 hours of studio time. This is hard indie rock performed in a pressure cooker.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the progress of the 1983 EP Metal Circus, Hüsker Dü released Zen Arcade, a double-LP concept album about a boy who leaves home and enters a dangerous world. It's Quadrophenia for the next generation. It has stood the test of time as one of the '80s indie rock scene's greatest achievements, working past its hardcore punk roots to include a chilling acoustic track ("Never Talking to You Again"), pastiches of surreal sound ("Hare Krsna," "Reoccurring Dreams"), and tuneful punk anthems ("Turn on the News," "What's Going On," "Something I Learned Today"). The advantage of one band having two formidable singers and songwriters—guitarist Bob Mould and drummer Grant Hart—meant there was no let-up in the material's quality. The desperation that seeps into tracks such as "Pride" and "I'll Never Forget You" is enhanced by the real pressures the band members felt as they recorded and mixed the whole album in 85 hours of studio time. This is hard indie rock performed in a pressure cooker.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

America lover ,

Essential for All!

This is easily one of my favorite albums of all time! It is a flawless masterpiece of music and captures what punk rock is truly about. I find myself constantly listening to this album in its entirety because it's just so engaging. There is not a weak track on here, but some of my personal favorite tracks are: Chartered Trips, Whatever, and Turn On the News. However, if you are here reading this, then don't have any hesitation to buy the whole album now. Individually the tracks are great, but when you can just relax and listen to this whole thing, your mind will be blown!

headbannger13 ,

essential

this is my favorite album by husker du. its just so perfect. its angry, its deep, its passionate

jbrowning134 ,

Truly moving

A masterpiece that will touch your heart in a way that you thought no punk band could.

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