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Clear Cut Genius of an album,
This review is from: New Day Rising (Audio CD)
From the the title track that blows your mind with it's edgy distortion ten years ahead of it's time (1985). Just when you recover from the insanely melodic screaming by Bob Mould and Grant Hart they smack you in the face with "Girl who lives on Heaven Hill" wit it's screaming singer Grant Hart hardly able to contain himself as Bob Mould's alternative wall-of-sound guitar consumes the band in pure bliss. The next track "I Apologize" is so damn catchy that if you don't have your toes tapping or some part of your body moving your either paralyzed or insane, probably both.
The next song Folklore has its moments with thoughtful lyrics and quality guitar playing. What really saves the next song "If I told you" from being lost in this great album is it's amazing chord sequence which makes for a great listen. The next track "Celebrated Summer" is such a great song that I shouldn't have to mention it's godlike guitar hooks that jerk you until you cry. In the next song, "Perfect example" the lyrics are hard to decipher yet none the less guitarist Bob Mould catches you with great guitar work and mundane yet beautiful lyrics. Then on "terms of Psychic warfare" the song is actually bettered by Mould's bellowing background wails that keep Grant Hart's lyrics from losing their potency.
The next song is a killer piece of music "59 times the pain" brings the listener to their knees with its beautifully placed distortion amidst clanging power riffs and cutting lyrics. Even my 15-year-old sister thought this was a good song and she won't listen to anything unless it is teenybopper sanctioned. Powerline really gets to you on a second listen with its mind numbing guitar fricking genius. Then Grant Hart's lovely pop-alt jam "books about UFO's" marrying alternative rocking riffs with a surprisingly well-placed ragtime piano sound. Then a song which I was not expecting to like crept up on me and had screaming along to it. "I don't know what you're talking about" is a pure scream along sound with its unrelenting riff and it's catchy as hell lyrics. The next song "How to skin a cat" is a funny joke that should offend some listeners. Then "Whatcha Drinking" hits with its hardcore punk song but sing along lyrics.
Then the final song "Plans I make" present a sonic melt down of guitars that would be more expected in future years say 8 years later. With that one of the greatest and most underrated rock records is completed the fact that Husker Du remains so underrated and un heard of (only 5 people in my entire high school know about them) makes me sad and proud at the same time to grasp on to this highly creative music which now has more staying power with me then some of the other great bands I listen to like the Pixies, Nirvana, and bands like Fugazi and such. Truly an engaging listening experience above all others. Buy this album or live with the pain of your decision not to, your choice.