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Sugar ~ Beaster

1. Come Around
2. Tilted
3. Judas Cradle
4. JC Auto
5. Feeling Better
6. Walking Away

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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009VY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge wrote of the Copper Blue / Beaster & FU: EL (Deluxe Edition) reissues:

When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a "band" band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and Hüsker Dü in particular (like myself) went into ... Read more in Amazon's Sugar Store

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Overall this is a great album, well remastered with a half decent DVD.
Syriat
The repeated references to Christ and crucifixion make the album lyrically compelling, and the song structures are enigmatically angular.
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It's really a six song album, and among one of the finest albums ever recorded.
drew m

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By drew m on January 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Truth to tell, Beaster is more than a simple EP. It's really a six song album, and among one of the finest albums ever recorded. The four song set that takes up the middle portion of the album (bookcased by two swirling dreampop pieces) are the rawest, most naked songs Bob Mould, or anyone else for that matter, has ever recorded. Yet the music is stunningly beautiful and elegantly produced. Aching melodies are discernible from all the guitar feedback, and Mould's lyrics are his most pointed ever, crying out to deserting lovers, parents, and Jesus Christ himself. As with the best of Mould's music, there's a constant paradox: the lyrics are relentlessly bitter and bleak, but the music is hopeful by contrast, the salvation of the lyrics' despair. As an album, Beaster is a living, pulsating catharsis. It's impossible to turn off once it's been turned on, and on the best stereo systems it can be cranked up to become an incredible sonic force. I've never owned a better album. I've never tired of it (and I've only given one other album on here five stars). It is singularly brilliant. But, if you want to get down to the basics of it, the album flat out ROCKS harder than any album from the 90's. It's a towering achievement. Essential.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter F. Stubbs on May 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Beaster is the darker, angrier little brother to Sugar's brilliant debut album, Copper Blue. As filled with vitriol as anything Bob Mould has done since Zen Arcade-era Husker Du, Beaster is an altogether more complex can of worms. At first glance it seems to be concerned with religious anger (a not-uncommon theme for dark, angry albums) but the reality is that this cleaves close to the Mould songbook: it's about relationships. It uses religious imagery to cast roles within relationships in clearer light (ever felt betrayed by a kiss?).
It starts with the droning hypnotic "Come Around" and ends similarly with "Walking Away", but these are there more as endcaps to the four song centerpiece. Coming on the heels of "Come Around" "Tilted" is a barreling, pummeling brute of a song, arriving at high velocity and maintaining speed to its squalling, feedback-drenched conclusion. The noise turns to sludge as "Judas Cradle" lurches forth, with Mould screaming to open and bellowing throughout. Malcom Travis' pounding drumbeat announces the more-propulsive-but-still-thick "JC Auto". Mould's vocals continue to outstrip all-comers in the intensity department & the chords are thick. "Feeling Better" does indeed feel better, almost strutting with a loose confidence, maybe not joyous but certainly filled with exuberance.
Few bands or songwriters could say as much with the (seemingly obligatory) seventy minutes possible on a cd. This is all of 32 minutes. And, might I add, the tour supporting it was the most ungodly loud thing I've EVER heard. My ears rang for two weeks. I was still grinning when they stopped.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ethereal, spiritual, brutal. Bob Mould leads the band through the tunnels of religious struggle with this visciously visceral mini-album. Sugar's finest moment, but barely heard (probably a result of Mould's shrewd marketing sense, knowing that the band was widely considered a power-pop group), it is a true Bob Mould album of grit and ugliness. The band is at its musical zenith here: the guitars are just dirty, Malcolm's drumming moves beyond the often plain patterns on "Copper Blue" and "F.U.E.L.," and Dave's bass-playing is just sprawling all over the album. The record opens and closes with heavenly songs of acceptance (the opener willingly, and the closer more out of necessity/hopelessness). But it's what's in between that's really interesting: angry and confused, as dislplayed in "Tilted," perhaps the band's best song overall (but that's a close one) and "JC Auto." Sugar's finest moment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Baker on December 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a rare treat. The 'copper blue' sugar debut everyone champions is not a patch on this in my opinion, as it suffers, at times, from the wimpiness and plain weakness (lyric wise) of just about all bob moulds post sst husker du work.

It is indeed (as one good person said) an album rather than an ep.

The sequel to old husker du, and the only one availible.

I would highly recommend you trip out to this minor masterpiece of melodic rock.

Not unlike the foo fighters sound (dave growl clearly influenced by mould and husker du bandmember hart) this is how you want it to sound.

Utterly Incredible.

I recommend the very cd you are looking at (a great cd for a change, no need to pick up the vinyl)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2001
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This cd, in my opinon is the height of Sugar. The ferocity of the material is literally jaw-dropping. Don't get me wrong the melodic nature of Mould shines through on every track but tracks 2-5 are relentless in their aggression and energy. Threw this on a couple weeks ago for the first time in about 4 years and it was a state of nirvana. In a way this reminds me of New Day Rising in terms of the the power on display. The production is the same sound as Copper Blue and its just amazing that this was the material they released before the uninspired F.U.E.L cd. In the end it's Bob Mould and while not everything he creates works, its usually miles above what currently passes for hard rock/power pop these days. If you can find Beaster, add it to your collection
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