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Bob Mould

Bob Mould: Life and TimesLife and Times (2009)
Anti- Records

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Alright, so, dude was in some good bands back in the day -- Hüsker Dü and Sugar. Since `96, he's steadily put out solo records. He stopped playing guitar and shit in 1998 because rock music got pretty lame and he "got in touch with himself" and discovered club and dance music. After a brief foray into that kinda stuff with Modulate, he started playing guitar and with a band again. So, do the math, Sherlock, and you'll find out that the two records after that one sound like a mix between Sugar and the electronica shit. And that's where we're at today. Album's the type of alternative rock you'd expect a 50-year-old to be playing.

Alright, so, this mother kicks off with the title track, "Life and Times," right? It's a pretty normal Bob Mould pop song. It's pretty much the same song he's written his entire career, to be honest. But it's good, so I'll let it slide. It's got acoustic and electric guitars and some other world electronica "instruments" I'm not familiar with but respect 'cause he's the artist, ya heard me? In the bridge, it's got a nice vocal hook that caught my ears. It's the part where he's like, "It's the old life and ti-ii-i-imes." Shit's right. "Mm 17" (Mile marker 17 for the abbvtn-retarded) is another piece of ace work. Intro sounds like a sped-up version of the intro to "Return to Dust" on the previous record. Seriously, it's like, "You may be getting old, Bob, but the punk police don't stop for shit." Anyway, lyrically, it's about someone he doesn't like appearing in his dreams, or maybe that's a metaphor or something. "Argos" is a really nice surprise. Kicks off with a 1-2-3-4 hi-hat count-off and it's like, "Yo, whattup, New Day Rising?" He's def. been listening to some "I Apologize." That's side 1.

Side 2 keeps it coming with "Bad Blood Better" but it starts on kind of a down note. Nice little repeating line where he goes, "Bad blood better / no blood at all." Kind of interesting. Then the electric guitar comes in in the background and then, fuck, that solo hits. Dude's tone has always been outta sight but DAMN. He goes to town on that one for sure. It ends abruptly but appropriately given the lyrical content. Then "Wasted World." Here's a first: Someone talking shit ABOUT the internet.

The single, "I'm Sorry, Baby, But You can't Stand in My Light Anymore" is a trip. Definitely a landmark for him, lyrically. It's like, "Yo, I'm fucked up too." Read these words: "I always find the broken ones / What does that say about me? / maybe I'm the broken one / maybe when the lights go down / maybe I'm the one who feels lonely." And then there's the last song, "Lifetime." Maybe it's a tribute to the band that covered one of his old band's songs once. But anyway, it's got this droney piano-ish electronic thing going with the vocals and drums. Really interesting sounding. Like it a lot.

Other than that, artwork's pretty sweet too. I feel like it matches the mood of the album real well. It's funny, too. Pictures of a desert and beach inside it. It's like, "the fuck's this? A beach AND a desert?" Back cover made me laugh too. He's right by that "Police Line: Do Not Cross" thing that they put up when McNulty creates that serial killer in "The Wire" so he can give Marlo what he's got coming to him. It's like, "Still fuckin' with 'em after all these years. Go Bob!"

Oh yeah, props to Jon Wurster on the drum kit. Complements Bob's work real nicely. But it's about Bob, so kinda fuck him, in a way.

But that's just how I see it.

 

 
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mpc (April 23, 2009)

Cool review, good album.

Blackjaw_x (April 22, 2009)

Well then... mission accomplished (well done).

lostandclowned (April 22, 2009)

Yeah, that was the point writing it. I thought it'd be funny to sound really non-chalant but also really accurate.

Blackjaw_x (April 22, 2009)

This review sounds like you were 'winging' an oral presentation and someone recorded it on paper.

Scully (April 22, 2009)

If you don't have any Sugar then get Copper Blue and Beaster first. After that get Workbook then perhaps this one.

DrGunn (April 22, 2009)

i love me some husker du but i have no solo bob. which record should i start with?

scientistrock (April 22, 2009)

When money is available, I will probably purchase this. For now, I'll just chill with my Husker Du records.

xote (April 21, 2009)

Review was kinda funny.

wearestillalive (April 21, 2009)

I really liked this review.

telegraphrocks (April 21, 2009)

Douche.

Scully (April 21, 2009)

Absolutely love this record. Follows the Mould formula but still has a freshness to it. I like it better then District Line which was a very solid album (minus "Stupid Now").

TommyPickles (April 21, 2009)

I like it.

lostandclowned (April 21, 2009)

It's the same quality. Except "Argos" will start a pit of 40 year old men when he plays it live. There wasn't a real catchy punk rock song on "District Line".

SloaneDaley (April 21, 2009)

If you check out my year end list and review you can see I absolutely adored "District Line", how does this stack up compared to it?

lostandclowned (April 21, 2009)

And also, after I sent this in, I learned that "Argos" was written for a fictional queer-core punk band Bob was going to form with some friends, but the band never materialized. One of the rules for the band was that no song could be over two minutes and he wrote the song. It's about a gay bar in Amsterdam. After the band never got going, he thought he'd throw it on the album.

lostandclowned (April 21, 2009)

I'm glad to see this posted. I was starting to write a serious version of this and wasn't having fun doing it. Thought I'd try my hand at comedy.

blanktapesemptybottles (April 21, 2009)

Damn I better buy this then, it's on sale now but goes up to 16 if I don't catch it on sale

MN_punkmaster-skaman (April 21, 2009)

It's a pretty good follow up to District Line. Has a little more of the Husker Du influence to it compared to the acoustic sound of District, but damn... really good. Bob Mould can never do no wrong.

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