Bob Mould – Life and Times

From his roots with hardcore outfit Husker Du, through to the power pop of his early 1990s band Sugar and now nine solo albums Bob Mould’s influence is spread far and wide across music. On Life and Times, his latest solo album, the full breadth of what Mould is about is laid out.

Opening track ‘Life and Times’ offers a masterclass in his trademark fast, slow power-pop and ‘Argos’ looks back at the more raw, hardcore sound of Husker Du. Meanwhile ‘Bad Better Blood’, shows the more moody, acoustic side to Mould, a track that would not have been out of place on his first solo album, the stripped back Workbook.

Other stand out tracks include ‘I’m Sorry, But You Can’t Stand In My light Anymore’, a break up track of the uplifting variety with a sound reminiscent of Husker Du’s classic album Candy Apple Grey. There is one duffer, final track ‘Lifetime’, but that’s not bad out of ten.

Overall Life and Times offers a good a introduction to those uninitiated in the music of Bob Mould, hopefully opening the door to his extensive body of work spanning three decades of indie/alternative music. For fans of Mould, Life and Times is another solid collection of tracks that won’t disappoint.


by Joe Lepper, Apr 2009


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