Bob Mould – Blue Hearts (2020) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Bob Mould – Blue Hearts (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:32 minutes | 783 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Merge Records

In 2019, Bob Mould went a little off the rails with Sunshine Rock, a brighter album despite sociopolitical engagement remaining firmly on the agenda. The ex-frontman of Hüsker Dü and Sugar surprised us with a weighty and more personal series of works including Silver Age (2012) which followed on from his autobiography in which he explains at length his coming out as a gay man. Beauty & Ruin (2014) dwelled on the death of his father and Patch the Sky (2016) on that of his mother… A few weeks shy of his sixtieth birthday, Mould dives once into the fires of his past struggles with the raging Blue Hearts. His dismay at the turbulent state of the United States fuels his new agenda. Tracks such as Next Generation, Forecast of Rain and Racing to the End leave no doubt regarding the inspiration behind the songs on this 14th solo album. The direction ofthis irascible bridge between punk and American hardcore is all the more clear on the high-powered single American Crisis. “After my last tour and seeing the state of the country, I needed to express myself.” Upon listening, there is still this fascinating capacity to magnify strong melodies under a tsunami of electric guitars and muscular rhythms like on American Crisis and When You Left. We have not heard such virulence from Bob Mould for years. – Marc Zisman

1. Heart on My Sleeve (01:58)
2. Next Generation (02:20)
3. American Crisis (02:28)
4. Fireball (01:39)
5. Forecast of Rain (02:26)
6. When You Left (02:32)
7. Siberian Butterfly (02:10)
8. Everyth!ng to You (02:51)
9. Racing to the End (01:51)
10. Baby Needs a Cookie (02:57)
11. Little Pieces (02:37)
12. Leather Dreams (02:53)
13. Password to My Soul (02:54)
14. The Ocean (03:56)