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File Under: Easy Listening

Bob MouldAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 6, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009P4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gift
2. Company Book
3. Your Favorite Thing
4. What You Want It To Be
5. Gee Angel
6. Panama City Motel
7. Can't Help You Anymore
8. Granny Cool
9. Believe What You're Saying
10. Explode And Make Up

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The ongoing emotional saga of Sugar continues with FU:EL, the power trio's third album and one that bristles with the confidence of a band reaching yet another creative peak. From the adrenalin-charged opening salvo of "Gift" to the moody, emotionally draining farewell of "Explode And Make Up," and the pieces of pop strewn within, Bob Mould's multilayered production brings it all to life with clarity and force.

This third outing of Bob Mould's popcore band has blazed a trail across the alternative landscape, scorching all that it touches. Produced by Mould and recorded in and around Austin, Texas, FILE UNDER: EASY LISTENING may not be as harrowing as its predecessor, BEASTER, but it's just as potent. The high-octane opening track, "Gift," and the disc's first single, the appropriately-named pop gem "Your Favorite Thing," find an unusually optimistic Mould looking on the bright side of life....or so it seems. Lurking beneath the bright, metallic guitar sheen, pounding drums, and tuneful vocals is the kind of ominous undercurrent Mould is famous for.

FILE UNDER: EASY LISTENING has its fun and playful moments -- the allegorical "Gee Angel" and the satirical "Granny Cool" -- and a few surreal, poetic respites such as "Panama City Motel." But, ultimately, the album deals in the hard-won, cathartic rewards found in heart-wrenching tunes like "Can't Help You Anymore" and "Believe What You're Saying." Mould masterfully interweaves acoustic and electric guitar textures over Barbe and Travis' sturdy rhythmic foundation, until his tortured vocals are engulfed by waves of distorion and stinging lead lines on the final cut, "Explode and Make Up."

In part, the album also reflects Mould's admiration for the "low-tech" underground of bands such as Sebadoh and Guided By Voices. After an abortive attempt to make FU:EL in a large studio (the original tapes were purposely erased by Mould), he returned to Texas and went for a more spontaneous production style. "I learned to stop obsessing over every note," he explained. "Instead I said, what does the guitar sound like in this room? What does my voice sound like singing this song? Great, put it on. What that approach does is to push the song up front." It also makes for an album that may be the warmest-sounding of Sugar's three initial releases.

Exceeding and defying expectations -- something Mould helped teach a generation of punks about in the 80's -- has quickly become one of Sugar's trademarks. If COPPER BLUE was Mould's commercial vindication, and BEASTER a reminder that real artists don't always play by commercial rules, then FILE UNDER: EASY LISTENING is proof that with timeless music the two go hand in hand.

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CD music "Sugar -file under :easy listening

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars File This Cd under Fantastic! November 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Here's the recipe for Pop Perfection: Combine one part song sensability of REM, 1 part lyric craftmanship (and emotion) of Matthew Sweet, stir vigourosly adding dashes of Elvis Costello, Husker Du and Barenaked Ladies liberally and you have the recipe for really really catchy tunes and one great pop collection. - Bob Mould and the boys, have a penchant for grabbing you with distorted guitars and thoughtful words, and most of all a unique "sugary" vocal sound. The cd blasts off quickly with in-your-face riffs (reminiscient of offspring..don't quote me on this) on Gift and Company Book - Your Favorite Thing (just about as perfect a song you could ask for, great rhythym, powerful harmony and a message told passionate amidst a killer chord progression.) "Now that I'm your Favorite Thing, let's see what the future brings.." By now youre hooked and probably reaching for the repeat button. This cd is chock-full of original catchy tunes that stick in your head, like cotton candy, sweet and satisfying.. Give a listen to "Believe what your saying." (an MTV staple for a bried period). The rise and fall of the melody, the combination of the slower country tempo and the soaring chorus (think Daylight Fading, meets uptemo Eagles)is a stand-alone instant classic! My favorite has to be in the center of the disk, a tasty little ditty named "Panama City Motel" The title is bland, the tune is anything but...give it a listen and will be surprised.
This cd is meant to be played loud (beware the treble can be overpowering at times).. All in all - Sugar/File Under: Easy Listening is a deceptive a title as you will find - it rocks from beginning to end, and like sugar, it makes the perfect medicine to let the alter-sameness on the airwaves, go down much easier. A delectable treat for all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a penny used! November 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's a penny! Well, that's a reason alone to buy this album, but that's beside the point. It's a good pop album with catchy songs from Bob Mould and his 90's band. Songs "Gee Angel", "Favorite Thing", "I Can't Help You Anymore", and the rest of the album are all solid rocking pop songs. If you like Husker Du or Mould's solo stuff and you don't own this. I don't know why. Get it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Feel good Sad Sugar music September 2, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
I have always liked BM. His stuff with Husker Du was good, but I have always liked his solo stuff a lot better. I remember when 'Workbook' came out and thinking it was the stuff of greatness..

but anyway, when BM formed Sugar, I really was interested.. I own all the stuff they released, but this one is my favorite release. This repackaging is fantastic.

The extra cd's worth of material is just awesome.

What else is there to say? If you like Bob Mould, you will love this recording. I sorta wish Sugar kept together. I really like the dynamic they had.

-Have fun
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good album by Sugar June 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sugar's FILE UNDER EASY LISTENING is a fine CD, with plenty of good songs.
You probably know Bob Mould from his days co-fronting the legendary Husker Du. He went on to make some solo records, then he worked in SUGAR. Sugar made an album entitled Copper Blue, then they made this little gem.
In a nutshell, Sugar are noisy but very tuneful post-punk pop music. Bob Mould's music was always marked by sharp songwriting and rough production. The production on FU:EL is a bit tighter than what Husker Du had, and the songs sound about as much like Pixies as they do Husker Du, but the magic is still there.
"I Can't Believe What You're Saying" is a poppy little song, easy to sing along to, with a catchy chorus. It almost sounds like "Sugar Unplugged" compared to the rest of the songs.
Most of the other songs on the album tend towards noisy but tuneful rock. "Panama City Motel" strikes a chord with anyone who has spent a night in a foreign city, feeling homesick. "Company Book" has a different feeling altogether; I think it may have been written by one of the other members of Sugar. My favorite song is called "What You Want It To Be," which is heavier and more repetitive than the rest of the songs on this record.
All the songs on this CD do NOT sound the same. There's quite a bit of diversity here; I haven't listened to the CD in months, and I can distinctly recall the melodies of each of these songs I've mentioned.
Most of the songs here are strong. There is only one I don't like. If you like noisy 90s pop music with strong songwriting, don't overlook FILE UNDER: EASY LISTENING. I think it's an essential purchase.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vapor Trail November 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Sugar shot like a meteor across the musical sky. It burned bright and fast and not many saw it, but the few who did are destined to spend the rest of their days sharing their experience with anyone who will bother to listen. Such was the brief career of Sugar.
After the dynamic COPPER BLUE and the ferocious BEASTER, FILE UNDER: EASY LISTENING was a bit of a letdown. Nevertheless, it still has more than its fair share of classic Sugar songs including the poppy "Your Favorite Thing" (which borrows slightly from My Bloody Valentine's "Blown A Wish"), the singalong "Believe What You're Saying," the dramatic "Explode and Make Up," and the clever toetapper "Gee Angel." David Barbe steps up front (for better or worse) with "Company Book," which, if nothing else, did prove once and for all that Sugar was more than "Bob Mould and The Two Other Guys."
Ultimately, though, Sugar will be best remembered for COPPER BLUE and BEASTER and rightfully so. While FU:EL has plenty of pop, it has very little of the conviction and intensity that made those two albums so memorable. In the meteoric career of Sugar, FU:EL was little more than a vapor trail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Mould will eat hipster music and this album proves it
If you like the folk music that passes as rock today (looking at you Mumford and Sons) you will probably not like this album. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. Reisinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Husker magnifried
Just as amp'd, more consistently poppy, tighter and terrifically arranged - thinking-man's noise, with a great live show and line notes. *Copper Blue* is also great.
Published 20 months ago by vvv
5.0 out of 5 stars How a Remaster Should Be Done
It was already a classic, but the remastering is like a perfect restoration of a museum-quality work painting; it's cleaner, a bit louder (but not in the loudness war fashion! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jason L. Sawyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but nothing new
This was a great album in the 90s and it holds up today. Packed with bonus material, if you were a casual fan back in the day, you'll find a ton new stuff here. Read more
Published 22 months ago by D. Hagel
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific album by an underrated band
I've always thought this band was tremendously underrated and although this album isn't quite as spectacular as Copper Blue, it's still excellent from start to finish, and the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Steal Of the Decade at $5.00!!!
Wow, these remastered tracks are SO sharp and powerful and jacked compared to the originals - I keep flipping back and forth and it's night & day. Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by Stats848
5.0 out of 5 stars Title is NOT deceiving!
If you like crashing guitars, catchy hooks and lyrics that range from fun to the bitingly satirical, then this is the album for you! I never get tired of hearing "Gee Angel".
Published on June 14, 2011 by R. Barrone
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit underrated
Nothing sums up FU:EL better than critic Robert Christgau's review, which reads in part: "Remember power pop? Now add brains and muscles. Read more
Published on November 26, 2010 by Garry Messick
4.0 out of 5 stars A great pop underground album which falls short of classic - chances...
Sugar is basically made up of ex-Husker Du guitar and vocalist Bob Mould. Sugar's "File Under: Easy Listening" is a pretty intense record musically - it's essentially just noisy... Read more
Published on January 11, 2006 by C. Cross
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Copper Blue," but how many albums are?
While certainly not as good as "Copper Blue," "File Under: Easy Listening," nevertheless, stands up on its own. Read more
Published on November 27, 2005 by trainreader
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