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From "The Act we Act" through "Man on the Moon", there is not a single low point on this CD. Simply put, it never lets up. This is not to say that it is not dynamic - "Hoover Dam" and "If I can't change yoru mind" are perfect, acoustic complements to the Les Paul-heavy power chords that function as the engine which drives the high level of energy throughout.
This CD is painfully consistent in its emotional intensity and this fact is punctuated both by its melodic energy and its lyrical strengths. Mould's lyrical creations manifest themselves in the form of compassion ("Helpless"), desperation ("If I can't change your mind") and even haunting nihilism ("A Good Idea").
The combination of the raw emotion inherent in the lyrics, coupled with the consistency of Mould's melodic sensibilities and disciplined yet uninhibited vocal talents, make this CD the most emotionally-charged CD in some time. Mould's willingness to bare his emotions allow the songs to move the listener in a manner in which he or she may not be fully prepared.
This CD has not only held up incredibly well over the years, it trumps most, if not all, of what has been released since.
Every person I let borrow this album got these instructions: Listen to it 3 times. I don't recall one who did not fall under its spell, even those who weren't into "harder" music.
How did Bob get this guitar sound? He should write a manual; the fireworks he displays on this album are matched by NOTHING in the Husker Du catalogue. The strength of the songs lies not only in the way they are completely different from each other lyrically, but the way they each seem to be crying out for attention on this album. The singles don't even stand out because every song could have been a single (let's be grateful If I Can't Change Your Mind didn't get as big as it should have).
The reason the album is so resonant is that the tunefulness of the songs is not transparent surface shine. The melodies are buried under the gorgeous quilt of noise. This needlecraft of each song is something your ear excavates like an archeologist; Bob has buried them to be enjoyed much farther down the road. Each track gets inside you like sonic scabies and EARNS your appreciation: You are on that journey in Hoover Dam, writhing with the pain in The Slim, there for the River's Edge horror of A Good Idea, inside the car and hospital room of Slick, giddy regarding the Man on the Moon. A patchwork of very different feelings and scenes that somehow fits perfectly together.Read more ›
'Back in the day', I thought this effort received some unfair criticism. Some reviewers characterized it as just Husker Du II. (Even if that was accurate-- and I don't think it was-- that's a bad thing?!) Copper Blue does have some of the post-punk/power-pop feel that Husker Du's "Flip Your Wig" had, but there's a difference between adding a dash of accessibility and selling out. Like "Flip", this album is deserving of the term, tour de force.
The power of Copper Blue takes hold from the first track, and although the final three cuts don't quite measure up to the rest, the first seven are so superior, this album still deserves a place among the top 10 rock albums of the '90s.
Bob Mould and Grant Hart were among the greatest and most influential song writers of the 1980s. On Copper Blue, Mould shines on his own. He's still at it, and he has a new CD on the way in July '05!
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Good band, I plan on buying there other CD/albums. I liked it a lot. Very enjoyable music that you can add to any mix. Classic rock with a good feel.Published 21 months ago by Timothy Risch
This is a great album from former Husker Du frontman, Bob Mould. I have always loved his projects and the fact that it is on vinyl and from my youth, it takes me to a special place... Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by James C Young
What a superb piece of rock music with guts and substance. This is one cd I measure the standard of others by.................. Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by hectorpascal
There are a handful of CD's from the early 90's that define the period for me.
Copper Blue's one of them, along with music like GIRLFRIEND, by Matthew Sweet, and HOLLYWOOD... Read more
Another great disc. I wish I had heard of them back in the day. This band really has a great sound.Published on February 17, 2011 by Gerald B. Betbeze Jr.
I wonder why SUGAR has received basically no recognition for a quality work on power rock (that's how I call their style anyway). Read morePublished on November 24, 2008 by F. A. Lage Filho
For all the influence Bob Mould has had on everything "alternative" with his work in Husker Du, and as a soloist, this is his crowning achievement. Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Terry D. Bartlett
Wow, listening to this album again 15+ years after its initial release reminds me why I tracked down all things Sugar. Read morePublished on January 29, 2008 by Chrisedge