Beauty & Ruin

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  • Summary: The 11th solo studio release for the former frontman of Hüsker Dü and Sugar was partially influenced by the death of his father in 2012.
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I Don't Know You Anymore
A thousand pieces of my heart Swept across a weathered floor And no idea how to start Solving puzzles from before Maybe in time this confusion will... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Jun 19, 2014
    90
    It really is one of the best things he’s ever put his name to.
  2. Jun 5, 2014
    80
    This self-aware mortality is the trump card of Beauty & Ruin, as Mould neither denies his youth nor his age; as he explores his pain, he finds emotional and musical narrative to tie his past to his present and the results are powerful.
  3. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 18, 2014
    80
    It charts its course with verve and accessibility, offering a masterclass in powerfully economic guitar rock. [Jul 2014, p.97]
  4. Jun 3, 2014
    70
    Backed by bassist Jason Narducy and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster, Mould rips through 12 bristling guitar-pop tracks that, at their propulsive and tuneful best (the Sugar-y "I Don't Know You Anymore," the Hüskers-worthy "Kid With Crooked Face"), recall the classic eras of his much-loved former bands.
  5. 70
    Beauty & Ruin is more impressionistic than, say, the Mountain Goats' Sunset Tree, but it's still a vivid, moving story about dealing with abuse.
  6. 67
    Beauty & Ruin deftly negotiates Mould’s intended arc, but that doesn’t mean the record is without disappointments.
  7. Jun 5, 2014
    60
    On his latest release, his driving, hook-laden punk rock is as precise as always.

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