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Body of Song
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The same themes are here: loss, regret and the urgency of time, but there's also a strong undercurrent of hope, or at least confidence in the wake of loss. And that confidence is bolstered by a kick-butt rhythm section, courtesy of Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and SUGAR alum, bassist Dave Barbe.
As if meant to act as chemical catalyst to combine all parts of his career, the album begins appropriately enough with "Circles," a thematic and sonic fusion of the best that is Bob Mould. And circles spiral from there, coming back around to remind the listener of the various stages that have led Bob to this point: from Husker Du to his solo work in the early nineties, from SUGAR to Loudbomb and back again. But make no mistake, this is new music. And without abandoning the electronica/dance influences that have obviously become a seminal part of the Bob Mould arsenal, Body of Song rocks.
1) Circles: a slow build. dynamic, hypnotic, and heartbreaking. One of the best tracks from Bob in years.
2) (Shine Your) Light Love Hope: a throw-away dance track at first listen, but one that reveals some interesting guitar work on further plays. Then the entire track gets in your head.
3) Paralyzed: the single, and for good reason. What could easily have been a SUGAR arrangement gets tweaked electronically with one of the better Bob uses of keyboards ever.Read more ›
Bob rocks. Thank god for Bob.
(1) Circles - 3 stars - A bit boring and retetitive for an opener, but a good song.
(2) (Shine Your) Love Light Hope - 2 stars - If I never hear that vocal modulation effect again it will be too soon. This song was released early on the internet to whet our appetites. I almost didn't buy the CD because of this song. It becomes marginally better at the bridge, but it still makes me cringe. Boring drums, no hook, just....blah. Cher absolutely ruined me on the voice modulation.
(3) Paralized - 5 stars - Among his best ever. Driving guitar and drums, great chorus. As noted by others, Sugaresque, with slight, non-irritating use of keyboards.
(4) I Am Vision, I Am Sound - 3 stars - Despite a frightening start with (once again) the voice modulation, this song kicks it in gear. Pretty repetitive, though.
(5) Underneath Days - 5 stars - Great, powerful song. Sugaresque.
(6) Always Tomorrow - 3 stars - Interesting song. A trip-hop bass line, driving drums (too much cymbal), distorted guitar, Bob's subdued voice. I don't want to like it, but it's infectious. Again, a bit repetitive.
(7) Days of Rain - 5 stars - Nice, quiet Bob. Great Chorus. Great song.
(8) Best Thing - 2 stars - I can't get into this song. It has no personality. Thankfully, it's short.Read more ›
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Absolute addition to any fan of Bob Mould or any of his previous recordings. This album is very good and in my opinion the Japanese version sounds even better. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James C Young
My favorite songwriter. If he goes in the studio or onstage and farts, I'll buy it just to see what he's up to (and sometimes it's a klunker). Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by jai
Okay, favorites: Circles is a great opener. Paralyzed is easily the best track; completely rocks. Really like Underneath Days, it has a nice dark, brooding quality that I complete... Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by Nick
I was a fan of Husker Du and Bob's early solo albums but I had not listened to any music that Bob Mould recorded since his Sugar days. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
I would place Workbook on my list of top 10 desert island discs, and I have been a huge fan of Bob since Metal Circus. Read morePublished on February 7, 2008 by D. Beck
The second song on this disc, "(Shine Your) Light Love Hope," is pure feel-good club music. Two songs later, "I Am Vision, I Am Sound" is a fine mix of hardy guitar and uptempo... Read morePublished on December 5, 2007 by Sal Nudo
If you liked Mould's 2002 release Modulate, you will be very happy with this CD. It is similar to Modulate. It has a little less experimentation, but the Modulate sound is there. Read morePublished on August 21, 2007 by mwreview
This is really good stuff. I usually do not prefer rock music that includes electronic synthesizers, but they are used so skillfully here that they actually enhance the songs. Read morePublished on March 11, 2007 by AJ
Bob Mould is one of the most talented singer songwriter/Guitarists EVER! He really pours out his every essence of his soul. You can hear his heart in every song! Read morePublished on August 17, 2006 by Holly Tolles
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