Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock Vinyl LP
Bob Mould Sunshine Rock Vinyl LP
Ever-evolving artist Bob Mould – whose face belongs on the Mount Rushmore of alternative music – decided to "write to the sunshine," as he describes it, not because he likes the current administration. It comes from a more personal place – a place found in Berlin, Germany, where he's spent the majority of the last three years. Here Mould would draw inspiration from the new environments.
Sunshine Rock follows the 2016 release of Patch the Sky, which was hailed by Rolling Stone as "conjuring the ecstatic rage of his earlier bands for a grim new era" and as "tight, sharp musings on aging, fizzled relationships and death that are melodic enough to sound like songs of victory" by the New York Times. Patch the Sky completed a trilogy including its 2014 predecessor Beauty & Ruin and 2012's Silver Age. It's as logical a product of the current climate as any rage-fueled agit-rock. Variations on the word "sun" appear 27 times in five different songs over the course of the album's 37 minutes.
To hear Mould tell it, the theme developed early. "‘Sunshine Rock' was such a bright, optimistic song, and once that came together, I knew that would be the title track, and that really set the tone for the direction of the album," Mould says. "It was funny, because writing with that as the opener in mind, it was like, ‘This is not Black Sheets of Rain.'" Mould's famously dour 1990 solo album still serves as a point of reference: a title track that sets the tone for the album, though on Sunshine Rock, it's the opposite of Rain.
The theme, the cathartic vocals, and the strings on Sunshine Rock all amount to Mould's catchiest, grabbiest album since Copper Blue, the acclaimed 1992 debut of his trio Sugar. Back then, Mould's work in Hüsker Dü, as a solo artist, and in Sugar helped define the sound of guitar rock in the alternative age. Sunshine Rock finds him doing it again for an era that has ostensibly eschewed rock.
Bob Mould Sunshine Rock Track Listing:
1. Sunshine Rock
2. What Do You Want Me To Do
3. Sunny Love Song
4. Thirty Dozen Roses
5. The Final Years
6. Irrational Poison
7. I Fought
8. Sin King
9. Lost Faith
10. Camp Sunshine
11. Send Me A Postcard
12. Western Sunset
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