Bob Mould – District Line

February 8, 2008

Striking a middle ground somewhere between his solo work exemplified by albums like the guitar based rock and pop of Workbook, Body of Song and the electronic experimentation of Modulate as well as his work with bands Hüsker Du and Sugar is District Light, his most satisfying collection of songs in some time. Though the characteristic emotional intensity of Mould’s music is still present here, most of District Light feels fairly upbeat and positive. It really is the kind of album that grows on you with repeated listens, to the point where cuts you might not have liked as much at first will start to make more of an impression on you the more you hear them. I think longtime Mould fans will be very pleased by District Light, and it’s not a bad entry point for listeners new to his work, who will then want to work their way back through his other albums. Standout cuts: “Stupid Now,” “Return To Dust,” “Shelter Me” and “Walls In Time”


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