Copper Blue is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Sugar. It was voted 1992 Album of the Year by the NME. All of the songs were written by guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, who also co-produced with Lou Giordano. Musically, the band continues the thick punk guitar of Mould's previous band, Hüsker Dü, while slowing the tempo and emphasizing melody even more.Wikipedia
This album sounds like what an AI would output if you fed it a bunch of 90s alt-rock and told it to provide a representative sample. It's not bad, but I don't understand why it's on the list. Best track: Hoover Dam
This album tries so hard to sound like so many of the other great bands of the time. You then wonder why you are wasting time listening to this when you could just listen those other bands who know their own identity. This album was like a three-course meal of nothing but dry white toast.
How ironic that after years fronting the hugely influential but desperately overlooked Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould's first project with new band Sugar, 1992's Copper Blue, would become the most commercially successful project of his career. Of course, it was released just as the seeds sown by his former band were bearing bountiful fruits in the post-Nirvana alternative nation, which provided ample explanation for its phenomenal success. But Sugar were well deserving of their success, regardless of time and place. A more aggressive, contemporary guitar attack aside, stunning power punk masterpieces like "The Act We Act," "The Slim," and "Fortune Teller" bear all of the vintage Mould musical traits: tell-tale lyrics, great hooks, and snappy melodies. It's all underpinned by that unexplainable, chilling tension between innocent beauty and dark melancholy that fans came to expect from Mould, and topped by his somewhat nasal, almost timid vocal harmonies. Other highlights include the '60s-style "If I Can't Change Your Mind," the loud, beautiful guitars of "Man on the Moon" and "Helpless," and the tongue-in-cheek Pixies tribute "A Good Idea."
This album is SO 90s alt-rock. It's got that shimmery chorus over doubled vocals and the thick, grungy guitar riffs that make up that iconic sound. It immediately transports me back to my youth in a (mostly) good way. Sure, the sound is totally dated but it's still grunge, man. That said, I'm not sure why it's on the list. It's not exactly a shining beacon of alt-rock/grunge. In fact, one could argue that it's kind of riding the coat tails of much better bands and albums. It was enjoyable in a nostalgic way, though. I need to go find a flannel to tie around my waist now...
“Copper Blue” by Sugar (1992) Never heard this album or artist. This is a Mould joint. Musically, he wants to be (as successful as) Curt Kobain, but the chops aren’t there. This ‘group’ is basically a guy on vocals & guitar with a hired rhythm section. It’s not a band. Lyrically, Mould can’t put two words together without doing it again doing it again. It’s actually fun to watch to watch. Most of these songs are first person frustrations expressed to the one he loves the one he loves. I can’t stop giggling stop giggling. Sugar is to Nirvana what Jamiroquai is to Stevie Wonder. Overall, meh. 1/5
Yeah, great! The first track sounds like REM were they to ever find an overdrive pedal, and the second sounds like Dogs D'Amour being plagued by a mosquito. But overall, this sounds like really punchy, melodic, beefy power pop. Not a million miles from the Wildhearts. Too young to have caught this the first time around, glad to be acquainted now.
Husker Du frontman Bob Mould had always married hardcore to a pop sensibility, but when he established Sugar, he reversed the emphasis and focused on pure pop with the energy of hardcore. My awareness of this album at the time was focused on the three hits from the album, A Good Idea, If I Can Change Your Mind, and Changes, so I wasn't overly impressed. Fortunately, these are probably the three weakest tracks, tending towards heavy handed and obvious pop tropes. As for the rest of the album, it's remarkably consistent. The songcraft, arrangements and performances range from very good to excellent, but what really makes Sugar and Copper Blue stand out is the hypnotic, trance inducing quality of the overall sound. Whenever possible, Bob Mould uses drones, pedal points, and moderate levels of distortion to create an appealing meditative quality, even on the hardest rocking tunes. I'll subtract a half point for the hits (which actually work better in the context of the album than as stand alone tunes) and the misguided synthy prologue of Hoover Dam, but this is really good stuff.
Nice little lesser known gem from the era. Cool that it's on the list. Sounds like some thing between Nirvana, The Pixies, and Dinosaur Jr., with a dash of XTC thrown in for that pop element/vocal delivery that almost gets gleefully overdone at points? I feel like "A Good Idea" (which sounds like a Pixies outtake) is the standout track here by far and nothing else can quite touch it on the rest of the album. Definitely some unexpected/interesting sonic touches throughout that I didn't expect. 3.5 rounded down to 3.
Right off the bat, album is filled with malignant ear worms that bore these permanent holes into your brain. I’ve never heard this before and I am completely blown away by how much I enjoy this record. The guitar sounds are so wonderful - yes, there’s the typical Bob Mould-aggressive tones, but the tracks vary from straight up Husker Dü-ish bangers to more quiet keyboard acoustic-based songs. Quite refreshing! A great driving around in the summer with the windows down album. This entire album sounds like the opening credits to your favorite movies from 93-97.
A very dated sounding album and not in a good way
In Bob we trust.
It's like the Pixies, but not. 1992 so that's about right. I'll give it a three.
90s Alt Rock. It was okay. Nothing special.
I still can play "If I can't change Your mind" on guitar.
I didn't need to listen to rate, but I did because I love this album so much. I had it in constant rotation when it was released. These are my favorite kind of songs. Dark lyrics, happy music. And so much personal storytelling. These songs make me so happy. And I have always love his guitar playing.
Best album ever. Seriously getting some weeper vibes and Dave grohl sounding vocals. I listened to this twice.
Haiku Tuesday: ### Minneapolis Sound alt punk rock tones of home It ain’t Seattle ### Another album I remember buying (CD) back at the Electric Fetus. Little Tommy Dyke probably heard this at least once while getting his diaper changed in 1994😃. Great album that dropped out of my rotation over 20 years ago - great to hear again, because I think this is the quintessential “Minneapolis sound”. Well orchestrated angst permeated hooks. You feel like you’re accomplishing something good for humanity just by listening…⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This album is for a big part responsible for the fact there is always a slight annoying buzz in my ears nowadays (together with that one time I saw Mogwai and I'd forgotten my earplugs). I played this album so much on my Walkman when it came out and so loud. And despite its negative effects all those years later I don't really regret doing it. This is an album best experienced loud. You need to feel that big wall of guitars, it makes those brilliant, catchy melodies even more impactful. This album is the perfect combination of aggression/speed/volume/punk and sweet/melody/harmony/pop. (A bit strange but, at the time, it didn't really make me want to seek out Hüsker Dü and I still vastly prefer this version of Bob Mould). 10/10
zeer graaf, dave grohl vibes
Played the shit out of this and still go back to every two years or so for a full listen
Uno de los mejores discos de los 90.
What a great rock album! The dynamics are there, diversity of songs, some more folk and pop while the others more grunge, a very cool guitar song, vocals similar to REM, and all in a great run time. Nirvana is the gold standard for 90s rock, but these guys bring a fantastic rock album to the list.
Good old rock, a vintage classic sound. Very satisfying find
Sentimentality has arrived! I had a friend whose roommate was blasting random songs on his stereo, he was all bummed about a breakup, and "A Good Idea" came on, and I was like what is this who is this omg omg. He let me borrow the cd and I wore this thing out. This album is so emblematic of the best of the alt rock sound of the early 90's, it's got some serious rockin' tracks, some grooves, some bizarre lyrics that maybe are stupid nonsense or maybe I'm just stupid and don't get it, and of course I would assume the latter.
Sounds like Pearl Jam, but like with a heavy pop-rock sound. I can definitely see the appeal of a band like this. This definitely is pop-punk and grunge put together, and is like a heavier version of what Green Day was doing at the same time. OK, fine, I think I love this album, it has like the jingle-jangle sound with the pop punk and the grunge, and that's pretty good; I'm a sucker for a melodic rock record, especially ones that can be McCartney-esque at times.
Catchy alternative style.
Really fun album! 4.5
Has a very "90's" sound( like collective soul) with the guitar and drums. The bass (especially intros into "the act we act" and "good idea") is very good. I really enjoyed "if I can't change your mind". Some bleak lyrics dealing with killing of a lover and dealing with AIDS. But the melodies are very well arranged. As I had never really heard of Sugar this was a great intro.
bob's cool and all, but i liked him much better with grant and greg. this album shows his melodic self, but i miss the raw passion and grit from the husker du days.
I’ve got some gigantic blindspots when it comes to the whole Bob Mouldiverse. But I enjoyed this. Dude’s voice is infectious. No wonder he’s been at it for decades.
I was ready to dismiss this as dated... but Good Idea hit me in the right mood...Pretty sure I've heard Helpless before. Hoover Dam sounds opens like a Beach Boys song then goes into full blown Gen X 90s mode. Man on the Moon is a great conclusion. Maybe it's the shitty weather, but I like this. I'm ignoring the 2+ hour deluxe remaster that Amazon Music is giving me and considering this a tight, 10 song, 45 minute alt rock jam.
I knew Husker Du and Mould’s solo stuff, but somehow totally missed out on Sugar. Great album.
I'm a fan. This music should be in every teen movie. Quintessential garage rock. "Slick" is good.
This is such a blueprint
enjoyed it, never heard of them!
Positives: doesn't really sound dated, lots of variety, some great tracks (Helpless is my fave). Negatives: sometimes feels like a cover set of famous 90s bands like Pixies, Cure, etc. I feel like I heard enough of this album in the 90s and only like revisiting the favorites.
Formed after the demise of Hüsker Dü and really just made their full transition into alternative rock and power pop that Husker Du was making towards the end of their career. A solid album with a more interesting vocal approach than most power pop.
I got Bob Mould's solo album, the eponymous one that came out in 1996. I loved that album. It had all the loud guitars on it that I could want, but didn't sound like anything else I had. I can't find that album anywhere, now - doesn't seem to be streaming. But this is a pretty good substitute. I still love the guitars.
Great 90s alt album. This is the first time listening to this band as far as I remember. Good stuff.
Grunge. Sounds just like Nirvana. Need to listen more
Some great 90s alt rock. Can definitely see it’s influence on naughties rock and some pop punk. Enjoyable set of pop rock tunes
Perfect indie pop
This grew on me. It sounded a bit bland at first, but then I think it just clicked for me. A solid album.
didn't expect much, but this was actually a pretty fun alternative album! Shoulda known from a former Hüsker Dü dude.
I don't think I knew that when I think rock I think 90s alternative but putting this album on was kind of like putting on a t-shirt you've had for years. Honestly nothing really reached out and grabbed me but it was a solid listen through and through.
The first half is beyond perfect. Up to Hoover Dam, the greatest batch of songs from Bob Mould ever. The second half is very good. If I Can’t Change Your Mind is the best pop song he ever wrote. 4.5.
This is better than a lot of "alternative" music that was released in 1992. It sounds like the album the Foo Fighters wish they could make. I'm sort of shocked that I'm only now learning about it. This is the sort of pure pop that's right in my wheelhouse. Expect a deeper dive into Bob Mould in my future.
No conocía al grupo. Si me gusto el disco, aunque a veces abusan de la distorsión pero igual bueno el resultado.
Surprisingly good album I was not expecting. Lots of rocking songs though none standing out too much. Gonna give this one some more listens in the future
Good stuff, proto-grunge. I enjoyed it!
This was a nice little surprise. A hidden gem. At first glance, I thought I remembered this band from the 90s, but I didn't. This was a first listen for me. It's what I'd consider more "thoughtful" rock/pop 90s music - not cookie-cutter, hook-driven, slop. It gave me a real Our Lady Peace meets Foo Fighters vibe, even a few hints of Smashing Pumpkins at times. Overall, a solid 3 I thought. BUT - I'm giving this a 4 based on historical context, given that it was recorded and released before any of the aforementioned bands got together. While I wasn't familiar with Sugar, my guess is that some of these other bands were. Also, as far as influence goes, late-90s commercial pop bands like Vertical Horizon and Sister Hazel and (insert one-hit-wonder here) all kinda sound like a watered-down version of this. So, props.
Can't go wrong with Bob Mould
If you're of a certain age - either a teenager going through heartbreak, or an *cough* older person just being nostalgic for early alt rock - then this album is great. It has the heaviness of Husker Du but also great lyrics and melodies. If you like guitar and heartbreak, you'll love this album. If you don't probably not so much. Best Tracks: The Act We Act; Good Idea; If I Can't Change Your Mind
Sugar by name sugar by nature. This is very saccharine and is very enjoyable on first listen, it just feels as though it will become very sickly on multiple listens!
Rock alternatiu amb pedigree. Sona de vegades a Hüsker Dü, però amb personalitat pròpia. No tot a la mateixa alçada però és força consistent
Never heard this album before, sounds like the alt rock of the time. Pretty good at encapsulating the sound of the early 90s
Jako zabavno i melodično.
How did i not know about this album. 1992 is right in my wheelhouse but I have never listened to it before that I can recall.
This is a great 90s alt album which I was unaware of but really enjoyed - great songs, great vocals, that 90s fuzzy grungy production - I am here for this album. A gem.
I'm pleasantly surprised! This is a very good rock album by an artist I have never heard of before. Musically, think Foo Fighters, but a few years earlier. Most of songs have string melodies and are extremely well arranged and produced. I will listen to this again. 4/5
det är nära en femma för mig. älskar att dom liksom bara maler på i vissa låtar samma riff om och om igen utan att det blir så repetitivt. Fattar inte hur man lyckas med det. det avslutas lite svagt men annars så är det en femma.
Enjoyable album. Favorite Song: Hoover Dam
I love Bob Mould!
This was a very nice surprise, never heard of them but I listened to it twice in a row. Sounded a lot like DInosaur Jr. All the songs are the same structure but it doesn't matter when the tunes are this good
What a pleasant surprise! Someone has been hanging out with R.E.M. and Dinosaur Jr., and I'm all for it. Probably my second-favourite song titled 'Man on the Moon' released in 1992.
Really surprised by this, expected nothing but just another average rock album but this was actually great. Fast paced rock, catchy melodies and songs that make you want to listen to more
Disco curioso de música alternativa noventera, nada nada mala. Suena como si Nirvana no estuviera tan enojado o se llevaran con los de R.E.M. La verdad es que de haberlos conocido antes pude haberle agarrado bastante gusto.
No conocía a esta banda y qué buen descubrimiento. Leyendo un poco sobre ella me enteré que sólo sacaron 3 discos antes de su ruptura y definitivamente los voy a buscar.
Liked it very much. A nice upbeat rock album. Good tunes. Just missed some sologuitars sometimes though.
Favorite song: Slick
Such richness of soul, groove and funkiness that so much of contemporary pop music is put to shame.
Hoe is het mogelijk, weer een album uit de 90s waar ik nog nooit van gehoord had. Als ik zo wat dingen erover opzoek, is het een min of meer in de vergetelheid geraakt album. De zanger is bekend van Husker Du en dat is een soort van cultklassieker qua band. Zo'n aparte naam blijft ook weer beter hangen dan Sugar natuurlijk. En bovendien is die muziek veel beter, al is het wel minder toegankelijk dan deze poprockliedjes. Zitten wel een paar verborgen pareltjes tussen denk ik. Ik ga het vaker luisteren. Tot nu toe een prima 3, maar vanwege Husker Du krijgt het bonuspunten. Ik moet wel even pochen met mijn obscure muziekkennis natuurlijk na die rant van Eric over the Beatles. :-P
Awfully good and the ear-candy effect has aged quite well indeed. Who doesn't love Bob Mould? The first half-dozen tracks amount to one sustained banger – and it's fun, too. One finds "Helpless" to be the favorite, but really likes them all. The second side drags just a touch, but overall this is impossible not to like – and a lot, too.
Bob Mould and company have a real gift for songcraft that I don't think I fully appreciated at the time this album came out. Mould never really got the credit he deserved for building the bones of all the music that came after him, but that's frequently the case with those who arrive early to the party. Musically, the band has a great buzzsaw burn of a sound, with a well-placed, economical use of distortion. But it's perfectly melodic as well and surprisingly catchy. That's an impressive balance that a lot of alternative bands never really captured as adeptly. Lyrically, there's a gloominess here that you kind of expect in this genre, but more with a deep sense of resignation and pathos than with anger. This is really excellent, something I want to just throw on repeat for a while. Fave Songs: Helpless, A Good Idea, The Slim, If I Can't Change Your Mind, Hoover Dam, Slick
How in the Sam Hill do I not know this group, this album? I love Husker Du and Bob Mould. My world is shaken in such a good way. It sounds as if many of the 1990s alterna-rock warriors copied a lot of this album. I hear Gin Blossoms. I hear Third Eye Blind. I hear Collective Soul. I hear Sum 41. Bob Mould is a gift.
A great album
Pretty fun. Great guitar tone. Really noisy, but without totally obscuring the power pop.
It sounds like the 90s lol
Captures the early 90s sound, can feel the Gen X anthems throughout
Reminds me of some similar sounding bands that I have never been able to get into, like Pearl Jam, and the Holdsteady. Wondering if their significance has something to do with the rise of grunge in the early 90's. I liked a couple of the songs toward the end of the album which pushed it to 3 stars for me instead of 2.
Ehhh sounded like rock you put on in the background of a video game. Not bad just not too much standing out
Perfectly fine cruising music. Precursor sound to some stuff later, and fine in its own right, but nothing striking.
perhaps a bit too on the sweeter side (heh) for my rock sensibilities, as if the pixies or pavement were well-adjusted members of society, but charming. not many albums make me want to ride a convertible down an open highway with guy fieri by my side, but this one does
Never heard of these guys. Sounds like a second rate hybrid of Pixies, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters and Nirvana with a spattering of 90s UK indie. I know it won an NME award but struggling to see the influence or impact of this album. It was a little bit hit and miss musically, but not bad overall. 5.5/10
Good listen - mostly reminds me of why I listen to Dinosaur Jr. Not sure who's voice is more empirically annoying though...
Wasn’t sure to begin with but grew on me. A couple of deece tracks. Major Nirvana and Foo Fighter vibes
a welcomed time machine to the simpler days of listening to 94.9 and playing links awakening on my game boy color. probably nothing more than nostalgic traipsing but i appreciated it
Pretty 90s. Decent album, some songs really bang, some not so much
Fun rock, and great to drive to. The mix is a little much for me, everything gets a bit muddy. I can feel the influence of this record in much of the rock of the decade to come, but I think I prefer a lot of the bands that were influenced compared to this.
Noise rock that fits the early 90's almost to a T. With that said, it feels more mainstream and less inventive when compared to the efforts from Sonic Youth and others.
New but familiar
Better than most shit emerging from the US around this time
Good rock, precursor to 2000's 6/10
eh, was ok as background noise? maybe would improve on another listen?
More melodic than I expected
Never heard of them before. Not bad.
A couple of good songs. I can hear it’s been an influence in many bands. But apart from the couple of good songs I won’t play the whole album again.
A nice 45 minute jam session with a classic early 90s rock sound. Nothing really amazing; I'm not sure why this deserves to be on the list, but I still enjoyed every minute of it.
File under : 90s on 9
This is so 90's haha. I feel like I should be hearing this as an angsty teen movie soundtrack.
Fairly typical 90s rock album. Good, but nothing particularly special.
The lightest of 3s. It's fun to listen to, nothing special but I do enjoy this kind of sound
Loathed the first track. The second sounds legally enforcably like Debaser (but frankly, as there is only 3 minutes of Debaser, I'll take it). Conversely, I wonder what the Foo Fighters would have sounded like had Bob Mould never recorded Changes. Clearly Dave Grohl loved this band - and Husker Du. There's clearly ambition to make a more varied album here - but it appears to be stymied by a band that only plays in one way. Hoover Dam and If I Can't Change Your Mind both sound light and fun but are trodden down by heavy drums and guitar. Ultimately, this album is nice, but inessential - the Foo Fighters comparison continues essentially. Where nobody can deny Nirvana or Husker Du, it is just nice that Sugar and FF exist, given both the former ended too soon.
That's some heavy rock... but the balance between vocal and the band is not in my favour... Add a star for If I Can't Change Your Mind and for Man on the Moon
An entertaining slice of indie rock from a band that passed me by at the time.
was gewoon goed
A more melodic Husker Du. Fun. 7/10
Not bad, but too popy
eeh, sara' anche bello ma mi sembra solo generico rock punk
typical 90's alt rock
90's grunge, but still sounds engaging. Guitar sounds great, and some good tunes.
It has some noisy pop songs reminiscent of Pixies to and a few lighter jangly pop songs. Noisy, but quite good 90s indie rock.
early 90s indie rock/pop. It's alright but not anything I'd recommend.
Opet hvala ovom programu, vratio sam se na "Changes i Hoover Dam" nakon dugo vremena, odlične stvari. Vidi se gdje su crpili ideje po zvuku. Pixies, Breeders, early R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr. itd. Kvalitetno.
A decent album.
First time I've listened to this album all the way through. It's not Husker Du but it's good enough, with enough of interest to keep me listening.
I really liked Hüsker Dü but for some reason I hadn't followed them after the split up. Unrelated to this, Bob Mould always reminded me of Black Francis, I don't know why. The other way around doesn't work though. The first track on this album, The Act We Act, sounds pretty much like Hüsker Dü, the second one, A Good Idea, is (that's right) straight up Pixies. Helpless and Hoover Dam are nice tributes to the Beatles, with the former featuring synths and introducing the acoustic guitar (which will be prominent during the next few tracks), probably my favourite song on here. Most of the songs have that kind of sing-along chorus so dear to pop-punk, especially The Slim with the addition of some anthemic guitar playing. As the alternative/indie rock of the 90s was about to shift toward a definitely poppier sound, Mould & Co. led the course. I guess that in foreshadowing this tendency this album was important, but I still find his work with Hüsker Dü to be definitely groundbreaking compared to this.
Was pretty generic grunge. I hadn't heard of this band/album before but I think I would have liked it a lot in 1992 when it came out. Probably would have gotten an extra star from me for nostalgic reasons. But on a first time listen it just sounds ok with occasional great moments.
Twice had to look over and see if I had gone past the album and Spotify started auto-playing an R.E.M. album.
It’s a slower, radio-friendly mix of mid-tempo 4/4 tap-a-longs. Nothing really remarkable. (5/10) FT: If I Can't Change Your Mind, Helpless
This is the very definition of 90s alt-rock. Layers of crunchy guitar-driven melodies with shimmering vocal hooks. Fun! 3.5/5
Alternative rock. 90's.Bien.
90s alt rock i haven't heard a million times? 4
Decent standard 90s grunge which slips a little too much into stereotype to be taken too seriously today.
Did not know what to expect from this as I was not aware of this band. But it was pleasantly pleasing. Would I listen again? Probably not. But would I mind listening again? No, I didn’t hate it.
first listen kinda boring and same-y
People on indie groups on Facebook will try to tell you this is the best album ever It's maybe a top 5 Bob Mould album - pretty good but overhyped imo
if you want to know exactly what the early 90's alt rock scene sounded like, look no further. pretty shit isn't it? i kinda like it though
I've had quite a streak of 3 star albums lately. They're good, but nothing special to me. This is another one. It's fine, I like it, but it's just sort of generic 90's indie/alt-rock. 3 stars.
Also like this - I knew Hoover Dam (think the Spotify algorithm recommended it to me a couple of years ago and it stuck), but nothing else by Sugar, and it's good fun. An easy three, doesn't do enough for me to lift it above others of its type and get into the 4/5 range, but a pleasant listen. Might not ever go back to the full album again, but if it comes on I certainly wouldn't be switching it off. It's pretty consistent the whole way through, wouldn't say there's a bad song on it, and a good bit of oomph to it. I had the remastered edition on, and it's clear to see that the real sound they like is a bit more raw than this. Unlike Tim, I prefer the recorded version of Hoover Dam to that live one, it's too scratchy and raw for me.
Sugar t'es sûrement extrêmement sympathique mais ta musique tout le monde s'en fout y a Adele à écouter là.
Je commence à en avoir assez de devoir me repasser des extraits d'albums que j'ai écoutés il y a plus d'un mois mais pour lesquels je n'ai pas rédigé de critique.
There's the familiar Helpless, and the grunge delivery I've come to quite dislike. That said, I found myself moving to Copper Blue as I went through it. The record is a representative sample, and its melodic flourishes in different directions, especially the synthy bits of Hoover Dam, are marginally interesting. I caught some island steeliness in If I Can't Change Your Mind, hints of metal elsewhere. All very 90s in the end.
The unlikely love child of Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. Doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. But everything kinda works nonetheless. Includes the 2nd best “Man on the Moon” released in 1992. Best: Changes / Helpless / The Slim Worst: If I can’t change your mind / Slick
Quality dad rock
I mean, I'm always a sucker for 90s alternative rock, so they had me at that. It was fine; I enjoyed it. However, this sounds like a massive off-brand compilation of every popular sound and style of the time, minus all the bands that made these sounds and styles popular. I really don't know what makes this album a worthy contribution to this project. Then again, this came out in 1992, so maybe they were ahead of the curve on all of these sounds? Very middle of the road. Neither under- nor over-whelmed with this. It was average, but enjoyable enough.
Got some good Violent Femmes vibes from this album, glad to hear about this band.
At first I was liking what I was hearing. But as it goes on, it's just too stereotypical 90s alt band. Not unlike bands like Super Chunk or Pixies, it eventually wears itself out after a few listens. It's literally just power chords playing open for the entirety of the album, and some disjointed chords to be edgy. Maybe in the 90s this was great. But after the 90s Grunge, 2000s alt / indie / emo era, this is just very dated. Leaves me thinking "So What?"
Ihan ok! Tempoo vähä ois voinu olla 3/5
So. I started off by mistaking this for "Throwing Copper" by Live, beloved of 120 Minutes-types in 94 and 95. Trying to unpick this cognitive dissonance in my head took me down quite a few unexpected rabbit holes. (Why was Chad Taylor fired? How does Ed Kowlacyzk own 55% of Live? How does one calculate this?) But I digress. I really wanted to like Hüsker Dü once upon a time. They seemed like a band that I should like. (See also Interpol). I could't. Not for trying, very hard indeed. But I did learn quite a bit about Mould, Hart and Norton. This, by Mould's post Hüsker band Sugar isn't *bad*, but ... let's put it this way. It was NME's Album of the Year in the early 90s – its most reactionary era, befuddled by rave and trip hop and acid jazz etc. (fair's fair - I'm still befuddled by acid jazz.)
90s alternative rock to the t. I didn't save any songs off this album because it's not my fave genre, but very catchy and melodic. Transports me back to my mom driving me and my little bro to the pool when we were kids because it just has that exact aesthetic of radio songs in that era.
Hoover Dam is a good tune. I'm not a huge Huskar Du fan so this sort of leaves me in the lurch. Its a pleasant sound at least.
Ça démarre bien. J'aime beaucoup le son, mais on ne révolutionne rien ici. Ce projet est apparu au moment où ce son était populaire et le fait que c'était le nouveau projet de Bob Mould a probablement contribué à sa diffusion. Son band précédent Hüsker Dü a certainement eu plus d'impact que celui-ci même s'il a été moins populaire. Donc effectivement, ça cadre dans la philosophie de cette liste, mais ça n'a apporté rien de neuf. Respect pour le gars, ce n'est pas désagréable, mais on oublie vite ce qu'on vient d'écouter.
Solid alt-rock with a range of styles. Some songs reminded me of Pixies, others reminded me of R.E.M. Grungy songs are mixed with bright and sunny pop songs. Overall probably not something I’ll spin often but I enjoyed it.
Not bad. Kinda blends together but still good
Eh, this was OK. Definitely early 90s alt-rock. Nice and nostalgic, but not particularly memorable. Ain't no "Hey Jealousy", if you know what I'm sayin'....
“I if I can’t change your mind” is the soundtrack to every 90’s movies montage. A lot of people I know find this album very influential but I first really heard it more than 10 years later. Good album but also sound of its time.
I didn't know this album at all - it had completely passed me by - though I did know the big hit when it got to it. I enjoyed this, melodic grunge from an era in which I spent a lot of time buying music and going to indie clubs. Well worth a listen.
Loved Husker Du but didn't know about this. Pretty good.
favourite song: the act we act least favourite song: hoover dam incredibly boring and safe sounding
Wow, this could be the reference specimen for early nineties alt rock. It's truly generic, but for a genre I kinda like, so I guess that's not a bad thing. Fun experiment - close your eyes, skip to any track, and watch as the opening credits to a nondescript teen drama TV show that doesn't exist play out on the inside of your eyelids.* Fave track - Uh, "Hoover Dam", maybe, or "The Slim". Nothing from the second half of the album because try as I might, it all just starts blending together at that point... * Offer not available to aphantasiacs.
This album slaps in you in the face straight out of the gate but from Helpless onwards reminds me more of Barenaked Ladies than punk :D Fave track: A Good Idea.
It is not quite a grunge album as it is a little bit too upbeat. It is wasn't a bad album but I do not think I will revisit it.
Kijk. Dit is nou leuk. Een aardig plaatje dat ik nog nooit had gehoord. Het is zo'n album waarbij alles wel ok is. Geen echte uitschieters. Niet naar boven en niet naar beneden. Daarom zal het ook wel een vergeten album zijn. Maar een steady nette kwaliteit leveren, dat is (helaas) al bijzonder op zichzelf.
Luistert lekker weg, nooit gehoord van deze gasten en er zullen ook wel geen straatnamen naar vernoemd worden.
This is another 90s band that I am unfamiliar with, yet still has that 90s sound that is quite nostalgic to me. And so, I mostly enjoyed the album, but same as the others examples, my music tastes have continued to evolve and move forward.
Never heard of them, but pretty good
i'm not nostalgic for the 90s
eh.. pretty typical 90s band
Meh. Pretty generic 90s alt-rock. Definitely the thing you heard on the radio in the 90s. Not sure what to say, but it's... there. I don't remember any of this either.
It’s just so middle of the road for this genre. It’s not bad, but man it feels so uninspired.
Trop d'album dans ce genre sont sortit dans les années 90. Ce n'est pas le meilleur que j'ai entendu de tout ces groupe de Punk/Pop rock. Il y a un côté grunge, mais pas très mémorable. 2.75
I was a 90's kid and have never heard of this band or album ( I am l little familiar with husker du). Does not make a good first impression. Sounds very dated. Sounds like old people trying to sound young...
Ive never heard of this band. Man this feels very ninties, grungy droning guitar and vocals that sound like a painkiller addicition. I enjoy the ska influences. I enjoyed hoover dam and slick. I noticed I enjoyed the songs better when I don't pay attention
Generic is the word. Forgettable as well 1.5
Not bad but didn’t have enough to make me wana go back. Weird shout by NME
It was all a bit meh. Tunes sounded very similar to not only each other, but a load of other bands I've heard over the years in American Pie soundtracks.
Not bad but nothing really that special or standout about it. Didn’t hate it but didn’t really think anything of it. Borderline 3 but today I’m not feeling as generous.
this album probably paved the way for all '90s and early '00s alternative rock bands. Not for me.
Sounds like every band from the early 90’s
Did nothing special for me. Not sure where this fits in. Basic instrumentals, vocals and lyrics. Had the nineties sound without the nostalgia.
Similar reaction to below. Some harder guitar riffs but I found it melodic to a fault. It sounded corny to me. As I was listening I thought several songs could be a theme from a bad 90s CW teen drama. I guess the song A Good Idea is ok but again boring 90s alt overall.
When I started listening, my first thought was that I was going to like this. But as I got in to it I noticed how it was very repetitive both sonically and lyrically. Overall pretty disappointed about this album.
Solid - never heard of this band before today. Highlights are If I Can’t Change Your Mind and Man on the Moon.
Pretty generic 90s alt rock. Musicianship not too bad, but songs sound quite samey, and the singing is truly, truly awful.
Like a less woeful Nirvana. Nothing particularly exciting, but pretty catchy and bouncy in places. Quite liked the poppy bits, disliked the dirgey grungy bits. 2.5/5.
Expected to like this a lot, was left feeling meh
A poor man's Pixies
Pretty bland 90s rock, and nearly every song is 2-5 minutes too long. Sounded like bad Foo Fighters at times.
Didn't care for it