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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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  • Audio CD (September 4, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009OI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Act We Act
2. A Good Idea
3. Changes
4. Helpless
5. Hoover Dam
6. The Slim
7. If I Can't Change Your Mind
8. Fortune Teller
9. Slick
10. Man On The Moon

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Sugar ~ Copper Blue

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Bob Mould realized his career goal--a rock & roll trio like Hüsker Dü, only without another strong personality to compete with him--most completely with Sugar's 1992 debut. It's mixed strangely, with little bass and lots of treble, but that gives it a buzzing power, especially on heavy-guitar songs like "Hoover Dam" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind." By the end of "A Good Idea," the narrator inexplicably drowns the woman he loves and Mould's voice assumes a frightening monotone. The only real relief from Copper Blue's intensity is the constant flood of catchy melodies. --Steve Knopper

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This is a great album from former Husker Du frontman, Bob Mould.
James C Young
Bob Mould is one of the unheralded geniuses in popular music over the past 25 years and this album stands as evidence of his brilliance.
Sol Rosenberg
Every once in a while, an album comes along that is simply too good for words.
Ethan Straffin

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mrian21@hotmail.com on January 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I haven't listened to Copper Blue much since my college era, but feel I owe it to the band to recommend this to everyone, as it gave me infinite audio pleasure for years! Bob Mould is a legend and I say that on the strength of his 'Sugar' work alone, as Husker Du were before my time. The songs are of a catchy, feel-good nature, with NO cheese whatsoever. You know you're onto something when a CD can be played from start to finish without needing to skip for poor stuff. A few years old (1992), but this makes no difference, it's class! In my Top 5 albums ever. Even more underrated (in the media sense) is 'Beaster' - 1993 mini-album. Get this too! Loud, sometimes happy, sometimes dark and very thought-provoking. If there was ever a band that deserved to be rich, it's Sugar - for these two releases. I hope they are.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sol Rosenberg on February 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm not much for hype and I don't normally like to use "best" in describing any form of art, but I am honestly hard-pressed to think of any album that was released in the 90s that can match the consistency of excellence, the lyrical prowess and the raw emotion contained throughout "Copper Blue". Bob Mould is one of the unheralded geniuses in popular music over the past 25 years and this album stands as evidence of his brilliance.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Cohen on February 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Has it actually been 8 years? It doesn't sound like it. I remember my college DJ friend telling me this was the best album since Sgt. Pepper, and when I heard it at a party I wasn't very impressed. But on his advice I bought it, and between the second and third listen I was hooked like a fish.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Demon Ted on September 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion, this is the best album of Bob's discography. Every song has a pulse but it could still be filed under easy listening. I 1st got Copper Gold on cassette tape after seeing them on 120 minutes. The tape was in my tape deck playing continuously for several months. The music & lyrics from track to track are well-constructed and purposeful, yet, unlike Husker Du, they never veer too far from the mainstream. Get this album!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Jackson on May 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's interesting to read the reviews of Sugar's "Copper Blue", 13 years on. Back when this gem came out, several of the songs got significant airplay on album-rock and college stations-- The Act We Act, Changes, Hoover Dam, and The Slim, especially.

'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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