THE MIS­SION Dum-Dum Bul­let (SPV)

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It’s a bit of a stretch call­ing this an al­bum by The Mis­sion, the for­mer goth rock­ers who joined to­gether in 1986 af­ter the im­plo­sion of iconic gloom-cen­tric tune ma­chine Sis­ters of Mercy. Rid­dled with B-sides and demos, many of them recorded dur­ing the pro­duc­tion of Mis­sion’s last full-length CD, 2007’s God Is

a Bul­let, Dum-Dum Bul­let is more of a med­i­ta­tion on the pro­lific na­ture and cre­ative mojo of band front­man Wayne Hussey. It’s a tough call whether or not this al­bum will ap­peal to a broad au­di­ence that doesn’t al­ready ap­pre­ci­ate The Mis­sion, Sis­ters of Mercy, or Hussey, but it’s still a solid set of songs for any­one who likes melodic, darkly drawn rock. For diehard Mis­sion fans dis­mayed by the 2008 an­nounce­ment that the band was call­ing it quits, con­sider this an ap­pro­pri­ate nail in the cof­fin. It bridges much older ma­te­rial to Hussey’s break­away pop-kissed solo style and a few new (though prob­a­bly fi­nal) Mis­sion songs. Pre­vi­ously un­re­leased tracks “Room 22” and “So Many Things” are straight-up, U2-styled power pop. Hussey’s solo demo, “Stranger in a For­eign Land,” veers into psy­che­delic blues-rock ter­ri­tory. And the new Mis­sion track “The Earth You Walk Upon” gets back to the melan­choly, at­mo­spheric, jan­gly-gui­tar busi­ness the band was al­ways ad­mired for. Lis­ten to The Mis­sion’s pre­vi­ously un­re­leased a cap­pella track “Aquar­ius & Gem­ini” for the win. — Rob DeWalt

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