, Mould's seventh solo album, is a swell follow-up to his bracing 2005 return-to-rockishness record Body of Song
. You'd think the guy's heart would get tired of having to beat upon his sleeve all the time--but here we are treated to ten new self-deprecating, brutally honest and often (weirdly) upbeat songs from the founder of Hüsker Dü and Sugar. It's hard not to cheer Mould on in his desire to meld electronic and hard rock elements--after all, he's been on this track for more than six years now. What's strange is that the best songs tend to be those that get lost in either genre rather than the hybrid exercises. One does wish that Mould would abandon that annoying auto-tune synthesizer thing on his voice once and for all. Though "Old Highs and New Lows" is so far towards and through modern MOR sound, it's definitely one of the more memorable tunes. The exceptionally talented Washington, DC resident busts out a few guitar-heavy crunchers that will remind old-timers of when they lost their hearing seeing either of those bands live. The best of these, "Return to Dust," should go on for longer than "Reoccurring Dreams," but is only four and a half minutes. --Mike McGonigal
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Mould returns to form as a solo artist on his Anti debut. "District Line" combines the fire of his earliest work in Husker Du, the accessibility of his alternative rock, genre-defining trio Sugar, and the introspection found in his solo releases. He describes it as "stories of my simple life in a complicated town", that being his adopted city of Washington, DC. Working with Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, Mould has returned to the live band sound of Husker Du and Sugar to kick out ten songs that sound as youthful, energized, and immediate as anything he has ever recorded. This is a full on rock 'n' roll record, featuring members of Fugazi, and will appeal to fans of that band, as well as new fans raised on Alkaline Trio and Against Me.