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Body of Song

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Bob Mould returns to his signature guitar sound and songwriting style with Body of Song, his first release on Yep Roc Records. Mould's sound inspired a generation of post-hardcore punk rockers who helped create and define the alternative rock movement. Written and recorded mostly over the course of the past year, Body Of Song is Mould's first new album-length release since 2002, and his first since the mid-90s to employ a guitar-heavy full-band approach ('Paralyzed,' 'Circles'). Guest musicians include Brendan Canty (Fugazi), David Barbe (Sugar), Matt Hammon (1998 Bob Mould Band), and Amy Domingues (Garland Of Hours). 2005.

Loudly hailed as the former Minnesotan's return to rock form since 2002's flawed but interesting electronic outing Modulate, Body of Song, is a surprisingly enjoyable record that mixes and matches swaths of sound from the last twenty years of the burly dude's career. As a solo artist, his songs tend to be anthemettes loaded with deep personal feelings and sung in that trademark roller coaster caterwaul that defined his two rock bands, Hüsker Dü and Sugar. More than anything, Bob Mould has always made honest records that ask the listener to ditch past expectations. There are some great, rousing songs on here; "Circles" and "Missing You" will please any rocker in need of sheets of loud guitars. Unfortunately, the two most ‘clubby' tracks on here, "(Shine Your) Light Love Hope" and "I Am Vision, I Am Sound," rely on very dated dance-pop sounds such as vocoder'd vocals and cheesy programming. The album's most interesting songs are those that truly mix the electronic and rock elements; the slowly percolating, highly textured "Always Tomorrow" and the rousing single "Paralyzed." More like these next time, please. –Mike McGonigal

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B0009VI50C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Little Knives Guy on July 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
With Body of Song, Bob Mould - arguably one of the most talented singer/songwriter/guitar-heroes of the last twenty years (indie or otherwise) -- has finally found a balance between what he does best (searing guitar indie angst anthems) and where his experiments in sound (as DJ, producer, and electronic artist) have since taken him.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laurie S. Wagner on August 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I can't begin to give the detail in this review that the other reviewers have, but I'm a mother of two small kids and over the years I have relied on Bob to get me through some tough times with his insistance and his energy and how under your skin his rock and his melody can be. This new CD comes at a tender time in my life. I am certain that listening to it as I have for the past two days has gotten me through the muck and mire of my current world. I only hope I don't over-play it.

Bob rocks. Thank god for Bob.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Olson on August 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There have been some glowing reviews for this CD. Entertainment Weekly gave this an A-!! I will buck the trend and say that giving it an A- is putting it on par with Black Sheets of Rain or FUEL (Workbook, Copper Blue and Beaster being A+ material). However, I don't think it really compares to those CDs. I give this CD 3.5 stars, but will round down to 3 to offset the 5 star reviews it has recieved. Here is a review of each song.

(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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Just Zach on August 29, 2005
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Longtime fans of Bob's work won't find anything too surprising here. Some of the electronic textures from "Modulate" pop up - there's a vocoder on "(Shine Your) Light Love Hope" that made me cringe a little, but otherwise the electronics add to and don't distract from the songs. I was one of the few, the proud, the people who liked "Modulate," but I have to admit that this is probably a more successful record. Where that record sought to cram Bob Mould's round songs into a square electronic-dance box, "Body of Song" integrates those sounds into Bob Mould songs - not a step back, exactly, but not quite a step forward either. It's a Bob Mould record, doesn't that say it all? It's not a bolt of lightning, it's not a Husker Du album, it's probably not going to set the world afire; but it does a pretty good job of challenging the idea of what a Bob Mould record is supposed to sound like. This guy has been revered as a guitar god for 20+ years now, and this time around he pushes the vocals way, way up in the mix. Yeah, he can and does play; but pay cloase attention to what he's telling you: he's grown as a singer and lyricist. He's more than a one-dimensional (wildly inspirational, utterly singular) guitar hero, he's a guy who has something to say. Bob Mould hasn't had to prove anything to anyone for quite a long time, and even if this record doesn't stand with his best work, the fact that he's willing to emphasize an aspect of his work that's usually ignored (or at least de-emphasized) is enough to maintain my respect.
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