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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - BRIAN KEANE

Never one to rely on his Hüsker Dü and Sugar legacy, Bob Mould can seem­ingly turn his hand to any­thing, from run­ning a monthly club night in Wash­ing­ton to a stint scriptwrit­ing for the pro­fes­sional wrestling com­pany WCW (the poor man’s WWE). This sev­enth solo ef­fort finds Mould try­ing to com­bine the many facets of his mu­si­cal his­tory, with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess. His foray into dance mu­sic is rep­re­sented on the out-of-place Shel­ter Me, while the acous­tic num­ber Again and Again ex­poses his oc­ca­sional lyri­cal heavy- hand­ed­ness. How­ever, when the gui­tars are plugged in and Fugazi’s Bren­dan Canty stars beat­ing on the drums, the melodic, mi­nor chord, ra­dio-friendly rock of Stupid Now, Who Needs to Dream? and Very Tem­po­rary show us what he’s best at. Ul­ti­mately? A divert­ing, if unessen­tial, ad­di­tion to the Mould canon. www.bob­

Beg­gars Ban­quet Down­load tracks: Stupid Now, Who Needs to Dream? Old Highs, New Lows

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