then try Cop­per Blue (1992)

Total Guitar - - BACK TRACK -

2 With Su­gar, Bob Mould took an­other whack at the power-trio for­mat and scrubbed up the late-pe­riod Hüsker sound into some­thing vastly more ac­ces­si­ble, a clean-cut blast of Mtv-ready hard rock backed up by a dense mix and an abun­dance of tight, mid-tempo riffs, as on the diesel-en­gine chug of The Act We Act and The Slim. Re­vis­it­ing Cop­per Blue is a re­minder of the fin­ger­prints it left all over mod­ern rock, from the ring­ing arpeg­gios of Changes that would be­come a Jimmy Eat World hall­mark, to the New Wave-ish synth of Hoover Dam fore­shad­ow­ing the elec­tro-tinged in­die rock of The Killers. One of Mould’s strong­est, most co­he­sive of­fer­ings, and catchy as hell.

Rec­om­mended track The Slim

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