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Posted September 22, 2012
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.
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