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Silver Age
     

Silver Age

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by Bob Mould
 

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Perhaps writing his autobiography put Bob Mould in a nostalgic mood, as The Silver Age -- arriving roughly a year after See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, co-written by Michael Azerrad -- surges forth with a molten, melodic energy unheard in Mould's music since the days of Sugar. It's

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Perhaps writing his autobiography put Bob Mould in a nostalgic mood, as The Silver Age -- arriving roughly a year after See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, co-written by Michael Azerrad -- surges forth with a molten, melodic energy unheard in Mould's music since the days of Sugar. It's no coincidence Mould introduced The Silver Age by performing Copper Blue in its entirety during a series of summer concerts in 2012: it is the forefather of this roaring blast of overdriven pop. Once again working in a power trio format -- here supported by bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster -- Mould sounds liberated, eschewing any of the lingering sensitivity and fragility that echoed through parts of 2009's Life and Times, an otherwise powerful guitar pop record. Here, there's nothing but finely sculpted muscle, with even the handful of slower cuts--"Steam of Hercules," the closing "First Time Joy" -- grinding with precise purpose. Mostly, The Silver Age bursts forth with relentless momentum, alternating between such nervy, coiled explosions of energy as "The Descent" and the classic power pop of "Round the City Square." Mould's songwriting is lean and tuneful, as is the music itself. This may hearken back to Sugar, but isn't a complacent trip down memory lane: this is a king rightfully reclaiming his dominion.

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Release Date:
09/04/2012
Label:
Merge Records
UPC:
0673855045023
catalogNumber:
50450
Rank:
68386

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poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
When you open up the jewel case of Bob Mould's "Silver Age", you see a picture of the man, much older than his Husker Du days, grey-haired and grey beard. He looks almost like he could be your grandfather (or maybe even a crotchety uncle). Yet, once you hear the music, Mould tears into his songs like a feral beast. Just the roaring opener, "Star Machine", makes you realize that Mould's incredible talent as a singer, songwriter and certainly guitarist are more than in tact. Mould once claimed that he wanted to make "loud, catchy pop music". But I figure, hell, he already did that with Husker Du and later with Sugar. Now, he's doing it again. Only thing is, Mould spreads more than a little acid in his lyrics (such as the lacerating title cut) and splatters his guitar feedback in every direction (pick any song). He even has the temerity to quote a number of song lyrics in "Keep Believing" that range from The Who to The Ramones and from R. E. M. to Kiss. Mould's solo work has always felt like a cold snap at the beginning of autumn. But that's in a good sort of way. It's also good to know that unlike some of his Minneapolis compatriots, he has not only moved on but gotten a little better with time. Any fan of this music would gladly accept a record like this every couple of years.