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Warehouse: Songs And Stories

Hüsker Dü

1987

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Warehouse: Songs And Stories

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2.82

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I get this was an influential band, and this album was their last. But this was not good. Turns out good bands can be greatly influenced by bad bands.

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Wow, absolutely loved this! Sounded like pop punk before it even was pop punk. I had only known one song by Husker Du before, but didn't think to even check out their albums. I'm a fan. (Shocked that the other reviews are so bad!)

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4

Gave me some major R.E.M. vibes mixed with Barenaked Ladies. I actually really liked this alternative album a lot and didn’t feel like I was listening to the same song over and over on the album.

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4

Ice Cold Ice was great. I was getting some serious BNL vibes from the vocals throughout which is always a good thing.

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Svårbedömt. Bitvis bra, melodiöst och rockigt, annars för "amerikanskt" och Smash Mouth-punkigt. Bob Goulds röst är ganska tråkig, förutom på ett par spår då han plötsligt låter som Ozzy? Albumet tappar väldigt mycket på sin omfattning. 20 låtar är alldeles för mycket. Spår 5 och 7-14 är ganska bra, och skulle ensamma bilda ett bra album. Nu är det som ett bra album insprängt i ett dåligt. Vilket är synd. Spår 11, She Floated Away, har ett helt annat tempo än resten av skivan, och låter nästan som någon Pouges-aktig shanty. Mkt bra. Överlag, helt ok myspunk. Bästa låt: She Floated Away.

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Why is this so fucking long. It's okay I guess, but I can't sit through over an hour and 20 tracks of it

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There is nothing interesting or notable other than decent heavy rock and roll guitar playing. That and $5 will get you a ham sandwich.

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Rock in a tin can. I should like it. I should love it, even. But I don't. Bob Mould's voice has a lot to do with it. It's too... well, not too anything. That's the problem.

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It's cool to see this type of music coming out of st Paul! Great sounds, love the way the music is somewhat harsh but still easy to listen to.

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5

Revolution starts at home, preferably in the bathroom mirror

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I was expecting this to be dodgy dance music (not sure why) so I was happily surprised and enjoyed it.

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I love Hüsker Dü especially Zen Arcade and Candy Apple Grey as well as Bob Mould's other work. So I don't know if I conciously avoided Warehouse Songs or just never got around to it. There are some great songs on here which always the case for Hüsker Dü but it just feels over-long and I don't think the magic of the previous albums is there.

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4

I had never heard of this band before. My first impression was that they sounded a little like REM, and perhaps some Definitely Maybe era Oasis. I read that they started out as a hardcore punk band and evolved to this indi rock style. I like this music and the style - has a good feel to it. I could imagine listening to this on a solo road trip, on the freeway. And I also think I would enjoy this music live.

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Ik vind dit wel heel lekkere rockmuziek. Het doet me denken aan de oudere albums van Bad Religion. Geweldig! ****

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4

Good alternative rock album. Reminiscent of other early alternative/indie bands- kind of like what you'd hear on a college rock station. Very good throughout, enjoyed listening to it- She Floated Away is a cool one that almost sounds like a sea shanty.

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4

good album, vibes are cool

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Hüsker Dü’s later work is straight alternative rock. It is highly layered both musically and vocally and is very melodic. I read that they are the main link between more simplistic and driving hardcore punk and the melodic college rock that would dominate in the 90s. I think this is the best way to describe the later part of their career. Though their hardcore roots are present, I can hear tinges of Barenaked Ladies and Hootie and the Blowfish here that point towards what would become college rock.

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I'm a bit torn. I liked the album quite a bit, but I'm not sure why of all their albums this one was picked. I don't know their stuff well but this was quite the departure from their earlier trailblazing and fast temp days. So I almost feel like a sellout for liking this more subdued version of Husker Du. For me, what I noticed was a bit of a mix of REM mature rock and post punk/early alternative (Social Distortion, Bad Religion, The Replacements). Almost had a Wilco feel at times. It probably didn't need to be 20 songs but I guess that's what happens when two main songwriters can't agree. Even though I probably wouldn't have said this was an album that deserves to be heard before you die - if I was making a list - I enjoyed the sound so much that I'm giving it 4 stars.

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Ja, Husker Du, wat goed dat die in dit lijstje zitten. Lekker om dit album eens te horen

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Didn’t do much for me but it was solid

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Jangly melodic indie punk. I used to love this album, but I haven't listened to it in years and I was just disappointed and a bit bored this time round. It still has quite a few amazing tracks, but so many just sound the same.

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3

Good but a bit long. Rockier REM

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I will admit that this is a band I had only ever heard of and never heard. Once again, though this is not my new favorite album, I can totally hear the origins of later music in the chords of this.

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I am late-comer to Husker Du, but I love the energy with hints of melody thrown in. Big fan of this album especially.

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goed

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Was leuk

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De hecho me gustaron varias canciones. Claro que al final todas se parecen

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It was fine. I don’t think I care for this band but I should listen more…

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Fine but not my vibe

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twas aight

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Sounds like a crazed R.E.M.

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Started out great, then seemed a bit redundant

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Too long but quite a few good tracks. Reminded me of R.E.M.

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Hade kunnat bli en fyra om det var lite mindre långtråkigt och 10 låtar kortare

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Worn house

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Better than expected. 3/5

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Like REM sped up just a little. Didn't hate it, didn't love it.

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3.5/5 I'll have to relisten!

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Buzzsaw guitars with a mix of melancholic melodies. Best Tracks: These Important Years; Ice Cold Ice; Could You Be The One?

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que capa maravilhosa

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Pretty good late punk stuff.

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Oh boy, only got to track 4 and felt like I had been listening to the album for an eternity, The only thing that stopped each song from sounding similar is the lyrics.

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Good, but not great. 6.5/10.

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Not what I was expecting by the band name but not too bad. Tolerable.

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Reading a few other reviews, a few people have compared this to Barenaked Ladies. Steady on, chaps and chapesses. Them's fighting words round our way. Also, they don't! I have no idea why they'd make that comparison. More reasonably, plenty have noted that this sounds like a heavier REM, mainly because it does. But is that a good thing? I mean, six albums into Hüsker Dü's career (to do umlauts, hold Alt Gr and press 2, then the letter you want umlauted: that's Uncle Stylo's tip of the day), and they've managed to sound like college rock? That seems closer to settling than progressing. Also, why is this a double album? I can't say it gains anything by being supersized, and turns an okay album into an okay album that's twice as long. Now, of course there are highlights and good songs, and there's no fluorescent duds on this, but why would anyone hold this to their heart? Competent but ultimately unlovable. Barenaked Ladies' One Week contains the lyric "Chickity China / The Chinese chicken / You have a drumstick / and your brain stops tickin'". Is it me, or is that a wee bit racist?

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Don't like the sound of the album. Snare drum sounds papery and the guitar tone sounds like a cheap crate.

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Un poco gritones. Música muy rápida. 3

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Rock alternativo. Ni fu ni fa.

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Nice

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Proto REM. fairly forgettable.

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Rock alternativo. Ni fu ni fa.

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My only experience with HD is "Dreams Reoccurring," which was recorded backward. I didn't get in context until reading about that album. It's too bad how the band fell apart after this one, but I can see it. The album is too much, and they admitted it. It should have been edited down to a single album (although which songs should have been cut I am not sure they would have been able to agree upon). A lot of the songs started to sound the same to me. I want to _like_ their stuff, it sounds like something I would be interested in, but this album seemed... bloated to me. Is it highly regarded by HD fans? I wonder...

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Plaat duurt wel veel te lang en is niet heel divers.

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Coole songs, beetje REM achtig maar dan iets heavier. Kon ik wel waarderen.

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Yeah that's alright

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I hadn't heard of Husker Du until recently, my initial thought was, oh this is what REM should have been like! After a few listens, it's a bit long, but I'm enjoying it. I can see where other bands got their inspiration, hearing a lot of Green Day in there. 3.5

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Good energy in the music, but it was very samey and hard to tell one track from another. Also a word of advice; on double albums you're meant to branch out and experiment, genre hop. Nope, none of that going on here. The backing vocals on several tracks added a little depth and to be fair there was some good guitar playing. But overall (to my ears) this is another unexceptional album on this list. 2.5 rounded up

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Up-tempo and cool, but all a bit samesies.

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Pretty lackluster and uninteresting except the songs that sounded like REM, then they just sounded like REM (not a bad thing). Terrible mix too

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Un rock interessante. Bello, ma senza picchi.

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Interesting to hear this, and it feels like it influenced bands and a sound. As an album it's too long and pointless.

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It wasn't quite so bad that I had to skip songs halfway through, but I'm quitting the album after 7 tracks. It's too distracting and frankly, pretty annoying. I quite dislike the tinny-sounding production and the chaotic vibes of the album.

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It doesn’t start that bad and props for being different in the era of horrible music but it just drags a lot.

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Not the strongest album of theirs in my opinion. Definitely miss the edge of their earlier stuff

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2.8 - I just hear a group of awkward suburban dads who decided to relive their glory days gigging in bands - listen closely and you can hear the gurgling beer bellies and flapping double chins.

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El nombre sonaba bien pero no les pillo

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I can't really say that this album did anything for me. It all kind of sounded the same and I didn't feel much of a connection to any of it. I guess I can see why the band opted to call it quits after this.

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This was a strangely underwhelming record given that you can clearly hear Hüsker Dü’s influence on so many later post-punk and pop-punk artists. I didn’t enjoy it very much, but it probably deserves to be on this list.

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Ugh. I was in college when they were pushing this as college rock. I just can't. His voice grates on me.

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I can definitely hear their influence on other bands. But I didn't like this very much

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I thought it was fine, pretty bland though.

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Nothing impressed me with this album. I felt like the singing was often overwhelmed by the music and all you could hear was the title phrase being repeated over and over

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This is fine. The guitar tone doesn't cut at all, so the sound seems a little too round for the style. Their sound is really reminiscent of a lot of bands, especially the vocal tone. Some of these songs I think could be really good, but the overly compressed sound and poor dynamic choices really hamstring this album's impact. Tell You Why Tomorrow is a perfect example.

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I don't know much Hüsker Dü, which I guess is a sin since I live in MN. Regardless, this alt-rock sound does nothing for me, it's there and inoffensive but it doesn't move me in any way. Sounds like they were originally more of a punk/hardcore band so if those albums come up I may be into that more.

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I find this album rather irritating, in a listening to R.E.M. kind of way.

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Liked the Spice number...but not my thing

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Meh. Just not much interesting going on in the sound or lyrics.

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I had an impression that I'm listening to the same song over and over, couldn't stop checking on it. I've been waiting until it ends since the half of the album, music wasn't infact horrible but I didn't enjoy it

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I like some alt rock, but a lot of this album either bored me or made me cringe. The album felt bland to me, especially considering its runtime. It seems like the singer is trying to win a contest called "How many songs can I worsen with my awkward ugly voice." It wasn't all bad, but I don't want to sift through this album again to find the few moments I didn't mind. I thought it got a bit better towards the end. I seriously doubt a real human has ever said "Wow I really feel like listening to some Husker Du today"

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I like some of the individual pieces of this album but as a whole, not an enjoyable listen for me. Vocals especially rubbed me the wrong way. Kind of felt like "what if REM, but worse"

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So it's like a punk REM? Sounds great on paper but it was not doing it for me. Favorite tracks: Too Much Spice

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This felt like a mix of different genres, without committing to any. It’s possible that it felt more interesting during the time it was released, but I found it mostly flat.

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An okay album. Apparently an early alternative album before the genre got a bit more famous. don’t necessarily think being early to a genre is special if the music doesn’t bring a lot of entertainment. It wasn’t bad just felt very bland, very long and nothing stood out. The singer would be hard to understand at times. 4.5/10

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1/2 way in an skipping some tracks mid way through. Not good, un enjoyable. Husker DooDoo

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Tsja, lastig. Enerzijds best catchy hier en daar, anderzijds teveel en gewoon niet zo boeiend.

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More like Husker don’t

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Doesn't commit too many fouls outside of some annoying vocal rhythms, but quickly wears thin after 40+ minutes of repetitive melodic lines... when there's still half an hour left to go. Some editing of the filler tracks could've made this a tight, exuberant rock LP but as is it's just way too bloated an album.

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An interminably long record from what appears to be an R.E.M. cover band using umlauts in their name, even though they're from Minnesota. If you're going to make an "every song sounds the same" album, keep it tight, please. Best track: There were tracks?

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Husker Dön't? Many of my friends with excellent good tastes like Hüsker Dü, so I'm missing something.

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Bit bored

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Hard to follow up to their peak of Zen Arcade (and what would have been its impact if the production was better). I still prefer Candy Apple Grey for personal reasons. Warehouse is bloated.

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So boring

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I'm quite reassured this one appeared. Recently I've been listening to too many interesting obscure albums I've never heard of and actually being impressed but this one is by a band I've heard of but just never liked and that was way back in the 80's. I appreciate the energy and integrity but see no musical merit. It shouldn't be here I'm afraid.

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