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Bob Mould – Life and Times Reviews

Life and Times

30 years since the formation of Husker Du and 20 years since their explosive demise and the subsequent release of his first lauded solo effort Workbook – called a “masterpiece” by critics- Bob Mould is marking anniversaries with an album filled with self-reflection and an unflinching examination of the world around him. Standouts like “Wasted World” and “I’mSorry Baby, But You Can t Stand in My Light Anymore” highlight an artist completing a cycle decades in the making, his talent (more…)

9 responses to “Bob Mould – Life and Times Reviews”

  1. Umaymah says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Can’t Quite Put My Finger On It
    Three and a half stars, actually. I am a big fan and find a lot to like here, but somehow this one, while boasting some terrific songs, lacks cohesion, a propulsion, and the…

  2. Laird says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Worthy effort
    It wasn’t Husker Du that turned me into a Bob Mould fan so much as it was Sugar. Perhaps it’s a matter of timing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    As with almost all of Bob Mold's releases, I love some songs, I like some others, and do not feel strongly for one or two. Overall, the life and work is a solid release. Bob draws on his punk past, his present dance DJ, digs deep emotionally wrenching songs such as Bad Blood Letter, and throws a few bones pop his fans with the title track, and I'm sorry baby …. Rolling Stone has such a so-so review but I think a whole lot to like about the life and Times. Bob's the real deal. I have a long history with him and you (well, at least I) can say that he pours a lot of himself in his music. That's All I Need of a gifted musician. I'm psyched! Bob has a new album out!
     

  4. Psyche says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Bob Mould is amazing!
    Another great record from Bob Mould, one of the best artists out there. If you’re a fan of Bob, buy this, it won’t disappoint. Love the title track, “Life and Times”.

  5. Luqman says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    More Hits Than Misses This Time
    I gotta come to the defense of Bob on this one. There are some great memorable tracks (the stretch from City Lights to MM 17 to Argos is simply awesome) – the higher pitch sung…

  6. Dallon says:

    As an avid fan of Bob has done almost everything, musically (Come on, do you really listen to modulate?) Do I have the most to the public before the release of this album, Bob to be a return to his working paper era, about 20 years ago. After the disappointment of the District Line (which had only a few moments of brilliance, and many moments of mediocrity), I cautiously predict the songs on the life and times and was impressed enough to shell out cash for this latest installment of Bob impressive career.
      This album is a big improvement over the above-mentioned District Line – the electronics is less prominent in the mix (which should ideally Bob Blowoff reserve) and the addition of Jon Wurster of Superchunk behind the set, at the sound. Bob seems to re-power through the simplicity of the songs and the production has been cut has fewer elements, if all of his previous 00's releases. Electronica bleeps and soundscapes are no longer at the top, because they are based on District Line and Body of Song, and are almost completely replaced with passion and honesty in the performances, the superior strength of this collection of songs.
      life and work is a “give the people what they want 'efforts, the vast majority of Bob Mold-Hard to listen to the compelling vocals and gritty guitars, not as” , Techno! All comparisons between Workbook would be unfair given the fact that book is the largest monument of his solo career so far, if you workbook 2, then you will not find here. Life and work would be seen as his strongest collection of songs since his self-album from 1996. Key tracks include the opener “Life and Times” (which, of all the titles that are actually perfectly Workbook), “Breach”, “more and more Down” and the single “Baby I'm Sorry .. . '. These four tracks alone justify any fan of Bob Mold strong buying this album. This is not quite working book, but defintely in the top half of its solid again.

  7. Haines says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Bad Showing for Bob
    I purchased the album via Amazon MP3 Download, and more than half of it is going in the trash. If you feel like you really need some great new Bob Mould music, buy Wasted World…

  8. Jovia says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Stick a fork in him, he’s done
    Why do we need this? We’ve gone from an album full of background music to The OC (District Line) to a bunch of increasingly cliched monotone singer/songwriter tunes that formerly…

  9. Jafaru says:

    I have the Bob Mold, as I said before the people to buy Husker Du was heard, because I too much sugar.
      Bob Mold This is the best and most well-rounded solo album since his
      1996 solo album “Bob Mold”.
      'life and work “is a very focused record, and has more in common with
      “module” and his work in the sugar as the trio's latest LP.
      If “Bob Mold,” “The Last Dog and Pony Show”, “District Line”, “module”
      and “Black Sheets of Rain” are your favorite albums at least from mold, then
      you will not really find something to like here.
      however, if you particularly like his electronic meanderings and its
      singluarly authentic “voice” on lead guitar, then you are in for a treat
      with “life and work.”
      Although it is impossible for mold to the top of his work with sugar or
      his solo masterpiece “Workbook”, which is as good as he ever sounded.
     

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