Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin

Bob Mould has had a great musical career firstly in Husker Du then Sugar before going solo but of all his material ‘Beauty & Ruin’ has to be up there in the top. Straight to the point no messing about 36 minutes and twelve tunes that showcase just how good a songwriter Mould is. Signature chord changes, choruses, harmonies each one an earworm, ‘I Don’t Know You Anymore’ an fine example a song so instantly recognisable you can be fooled into thinking it has been in existence longer than it actually has. Opener ‘Low Season’ contains the Sugar trick of having just enough fuzzy guitar work but not so much as to distance itself from being a cracking rock song. There are a few songs that are a bit more punky but they still retain the element that makes them incredibly catchy. Also Mould shows off his softer side with the more acoustic ‘Forgiveness’ and ‘Fix It’. Beauty & Ruin is an album that since I got it I have been returning too quite frequently because I just find myself singing and missing the songs when they are not in my ears. If you like any of his earlier work or indie pop punk than give it a go you won’t regret it.


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