Metascore
95

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 23, 2012
    100
    Some of the most compelling, essential rock music of the era, period. [No.90, p.61]
  2. Aug 22, 2012
    90
    Copper Blue was the fierce masterpiece. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.123]
  3. Aug 3, 2012
    100
    Copper Blue is essential.
  4. Aug 3, 2012
    80
    Sugar may have lacked the outsider appeal and cataclysmic cultural impact of Nirvana but he furnace-forged guitar pop of 1992 debut Copper Blue was a handsome match for Nevermind. [Aug 2012, p.114]
  5. Aug 3, 2012
    90
    Exciting and stellar... What a way to show the kids both in 1992 and in 2012 how it's done, Bob.
  6. Jul 30, 2012
    89
    [The Merge reissues of Copper, Beaster, and FU:EL] are a wonderfully presented document of a punk legend [Bob Mould], starting over creatively and emotionally in a brief window he helped open, and succeeding beyond his and anyone's expectations.
  7. Jul 30, 2012
    80
    An album that cut through the grunge-y haze of 1992 with crisp Sixties melodies and... daring emotional clarity.
  8. Jul 10, 2012
    100
    B-sides included here aren't without their charms but the album's genius clearly lay in distilling only the finest of Mould's new material into a powerful, singular statement. [Jul 2012, p.100]
  9. Jun 22, 2012
    90
    Similarly reissued in expanded form it presents proof that, even on sunnier days, Mould still had angst to burn.
  10. Jun 22, 2012
    90
    Copper Blue combined Hüsker Dü's passionate intensity with a new, steely pop resolve.
  11. Jun 22, 2012
    80
    Remastered and supplemented it has received a contemporary injection and doesn't feel out of place in today's scene with that Mould influence shining through.
  12. Jun 22, 2012
    90
    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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 30, 2012
    10
    Perfect power pop from Mould proves he can move towards the mainstream without losing his edge. This is perfect summer listening; if youPerfect power pop from Mould proves he can move towards the mainstream without losing his edge. This is perfect summer listening; if you haven't discovered Sugar in this form, you have something very sweet waiting for you... Full Review »