Bob Mould

Sunshine Rock

Written by: PP on 22/09/2019 23:09:58

There's just something inherently awesome about the grungy vocals of Bob Mould when he delivers them atop his characteristic buzzing, melodic treble-charged guitars. It's a sound that makes you want to live, to run outside to feel the summer breeze and reflect on the beauty of life itself. In other words, it's an expression that carries itself with a positive charge, very similar to the sheer joy for playing music exhibited by bands like Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr., or The Replacements.

Much like his previous output, 13th album "Sunshine Rock" encapsulates that atmosphere consistently, just as you might imagine an album with such a title does. The songs themselves are simple: open-ended, barely distorted, expansive chords delivered with plenty of treble and at a medium tempo, but it is Mould's yearning, nostalgia-filled croons that elevate the expression into something special. It's alternative rock with a distinct 90s vibe and enough punk undertones to classify it as such. And out comes a buzzing, at times contemplative expression that's just so easily likable.

Songs like "Lost Faith" play on the quiet/loud dynamic, flowing forward calmly with an almost indie rock vibe, before crescendoing into an explosion of beautiful guitar melody and Mould's signature style vocals. Elsewhere, "Sunshine Rock" or "What Do You Want Me To Do" rely on the tried-and-tested punk-fueled expression with a melody-overload.

Yes, it's nothing we haven't heard from Mould before nor even his best material, but nevertheless, it's just consistently good, especially for those of us who enjoy strong hints of 90s flavour in their alternative rock.


Download: Sunshine Rock, What Do You Want Me To Do, Sunny Love Song, Lost Faith
For the fans of: Hüsker Dü, Dinosaur Jr, Superchunk, The Hold Steady
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Release date 08.02.2019

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