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Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

A text­book ex­am­ple of the ‘dif­fi­cult sec­ond al­bum’.

Fol­low­ing Cop­per Blue and the even fiercer Beaster EP, Sugar’s sec­ond al­bum peaked at No.7, three places higher than Cop­per Blue, on the UK al­bum chart. Mould’s most main­stream-sound­ing work, where hard rock comes close to bat­tling a duel with pop, it’s an ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled al­bum. But be­hind its play­ful and laid­back folksy ex­te­rior lurks a ma­chine ready to ex­plode, as the ti­tle’s acro­nym sug­gests.

It doesn’t meet the thrill of Cop­per Blue, in­stead fall­ing some­where be­tween Mould’s solo work and late-ca­reer Dü.

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