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New Day Rising

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sst Records
  • ASIN: B000000M03
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first four seconds of this influential Minneapolis trio's fifth album pretty much set the table: drum shots like an anxious heartbeat, then a sudden wall of fuzzy, high-treble electric-guitar noise. The choruses are occasionally catchy, especially on "The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill," but this is more like the intense Zen Arcade than more melodic later albums. (A rare pace change, the girl-obsessed "Books About UFOs" actually recalls Bruce Springsteen.) Bassist Greg Norton, who rarely gets mentioned in Hüsker reviews, sews together Bob Mould's power guitar, Grant Hart's head-banging beats, and general ensemble screaming. --Steve Knopper

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scalding, volcanically powerful post-hardcore pop April 22, 2000
By Jay
Format:Audio CD
This album is vicious, relentless and incredibly catchy. It moves away from the artier Zen Arcade (recorded a mere 5 months earlier!) by turning that album's experiments and sprawling concept into individual super charged songs. The production is better than ZA - obviously not all first take, but the drums get the crash they deserve and the guitar is a wave-of-noise treble attack.
Also, this album's songwriting moves away from hardcore screamfests into songs more influenced by 60's pop melodicism delivered with the same rage and power as their hardcore material. This only serves to strengthen the songs Hart and Mould turn in. The songs are brutal and fast, the choruses (improved by the gorgeous voices of both Mould and Hart) are almost always catchy and memorable.
The title track kicks off the record with a moment of drum power and then a wall of sheer guitar rage backed by 3 Bob Moulds and 2 Grant Harts screaming "New Day Rising" at each other over and over. Hart's "The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill" even manages to top that astonishing moment with a crushing, melodic chorus and quirky, memorable lyrics ("she's got a big room and it's always a mess / her worn-out shoes and a worn-out dress") about a boy obsessed with a lonely sweet-hearted girl. Following that, Mould turns in the amazing "Celebrated Summer," which is the best song on the record, and in many ways its centerpiece. Structurally complex, with changes indebted to folk (it even has an acoustic bridge), this song about lost innocence still requires maximum volume because of the screamed, beautiful vocals and the overwhelming guitar.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guitar album of the 80's January 15, 2006
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The list for the best albums of the 80's is a short one. Most music fans and critics will tell you the list consists of The Clash's Londing Calling, U2's The Joshua Tree, Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, or Prince's Sign O' the Times. The album that should be included in this mix is Husker Du's New Day Rising. Why? It combines everything that makes rock music great: emotion, intensity, and hooks galore. New Day Rising is one of rock's few perfect albums. After Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, it is probably the most passionate and skilled guitar album ever made. The sonic barrage that Bob Mould achieves on this album is unparallel. The lyrics take second place to the music, due to the production, but isn't the music more important anyway? Bob Mould and Grant Hart scream to get their point across, but no matter-the buzz production on New Day Rising is exactly what it needs. Mould and Hart had their problems in the recording studio, but you can never tell on this album; it is a masterpiece of dynamic chemistry. All the songs are fantastic, but three stand out in particular: "I Apologize", "Celebrated Summer", and "59 Times the Pain". These songs are where the band has never had more fun, reaching peak after dizzying peak, achieving a whirling dervish that few bands can conjure up, and they just love taking you along for the ride. And on "Plans I Make", Mould screams in anger like he never has before or since. Why? Because plans take away the fun out of life. The band knows it and they want to make you know it too. At the end of the song, Mould is trying to catch his breath, which is exactly what you will be doing when you finish this hypnotic classic.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I know a lot of Husker Du fans love Zen Arcade, but I think New Day Rising was their first great album and the three albums they released after it were stellar. They still had that hard, raw, post-punk sound of their roots but were starting to move into a more accessible sound. I can see people who may not like Metal Circus or Land Speed Record really get into this album and I can also see fans of Husker's later, mainstream sound appreciate the rough edge of this first of their two 1985 releases (the other being Flip Your Wig). They walk that power line (so to speak) perfectly (a perfect example, right?). Whereas, Grant Hart put out his best material on the later albums, Bob Mould's tracks really stand out here (Hart has some excellent stuff here, too). There are some fillers included at the end, but there are also more than an album's worth of 12 excellent tracks, so five stars it gets!

"New Day Rising" (Mould) 2:31: Classic title track. For one line being screamed over and over, this song really rocks!
"The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill" (Hart) 3:03: Another strong rocker that just blows you away with Hart screaming at the top of his lungs. The almost menacing guitar riff really drives this track.
"I Apologize" (Mould) 3:40: Things settle down a bit with this straight-forward rocker with the singy-songy chorus. Musically, it's not as powerful, but Mould's vocals keep the intensity up: "It's your turn can you look me in the eye? Apologiiiize... HOW `BOUT IT!"
"Folklore" (Mould) 1:34: Noisy, punk style of early Husker Du. It has interesting lyrics, if you can understand them: "Women sewed the stars and stripes and the men, they fought the wars. The children learned arithmetic and everyone was poor...
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5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favorite Du
If you like emotions raw and abrasive(that applies to the music as well) along with catchy hooks, this is for you. Read more
Published 28 days ago by That Metal Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lennon and McCartney of Post Punk...
Bob Mould and Grant Hart, the Lennon and McCartney of 1980's post-punk rock. And New Day Rising is their pinnacle (their Rubber Soul or their Revolver, depending upon which Beatles... Read more
Published 2 months ago by FredCritic
5.0 out of 5 stars An important record of its era.
Only a few months after the release of Zen Arcade, the Minneapolis punk trio Husker Du came out with this impressive leap forward that both captures the band's intensity, energy... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Tsunami of sound, coupled with songcraft
Some fans have referred to Husker Du's wall of sound, but here it's more like a tsunami, and from the opening drum shots of "New Day Rising" to the last whine of feedback on "Plans... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Gnarly Album!
Great album, one of the best albums I have heard in quite awhile and one of Husker Du's best efforts. Thanks again, cheers!
Published on September 2, 2011 by mcleanse
1.0 out of 5 stars Husker Don't
This is really awful. Really I can't understand the acclaim this band gets. In truth the only people that like this are critics that champion stuff like this that no one will... Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by great horse
4.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful album
The album dares you to dig under the abrasive surface of Mould's fuzzed out white noise riffs, but if you do you'll find an absolutely gorgeous album full of melody, vocal... Read more
Published on April 29, 2010 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Greatest
To use a jazz analogy, this album is to "Zen Arcade" as Miles Davis' "Jack Johnson" is to "Bitches Brew": a perfect distillation of a sprawling, expansive, groundbreaking previous... Read more
Published on September 13, 2009 by Mark A. Horowitz
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the best of 80s Indie
one of the most important album in the wake up of Indie music in 1980s. its this or either Zen Arcade for Husker Du.
Published on June 15, 2009 by saat_omar
5.0 out of 5 stars grows on you
I bought this when it came out, my sophomore year of high school, on the basis of reviews only. Brought it home and found it way too noisy for my tastes. Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by ingonyama
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