District Line - Bob Mould
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  • Summary: The first album on the Anti- label for ex-Hüsker Dü/Sugar member Bob Mould.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
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  1. It plays much like a continuation of "Body Of Song," with the electronic elements even more streamlined and less obtrusive, save on the all-electronic 'Shelter Me.'
  2. District Line is a fine showcase for the differing sides of ex-Hüsker Dü/Sugar frontman Bob Mould's repertoire.
  3. District Line, Mould's seventh solo album, is a swell follow-up to his bracing 2005 return-to-rockishness record "Body of Song."
  4. Perhaps it's fair to say that sometimes it all sounds a little too comfortable for, erm, comfort (the line "growing old, it's hard to be an angry young man" is pretty telling).
  5. District Line delivers the latest dissertation in cross-pollination and like past projects it’s a bit of a Frankenstein affair.
  6. His latest contains some of the best guitar rock songs he's written in 15 years. [Winter 2008, p.88]
  7. While District Line is by no means a classic, it’s a decent addition to the catalogue of a man who could’ve lived out the rest of his days without lifting another finger

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Feb 14, 2008
    9
    It's a return to form for Mould and hits the highs of Sugar.
  2. E
    Feb 12, 2008
    8
    DL is not a groundbreaking, earthshattering, disc of cutting edge visceral yet intelligent and emotional rock music - not in the sense of all DL is not a groundbreaking, earthshattering, disc of cutting edge visceral yet intelligent and emotional rock music - not in the sense of all of Bob Mould's albums between 1983 and 1993. But like Body of Song and Last Dog and Pony Show before it, it is a solid and engaging batch of songs from one of the finest rock musicians of the past thirty years. Is it one of his best? Nah. Is it better than most everything else in mainstream rock music today? Absolutely. And "The Silence Between Us" is his best single since "Your Favorite Thing". It is just Bob doing what Bob does...with a few more bells and whistles. (But yes, no one likes the vocoder fixation.) Expand
  3. Andrew
    Feb 17, 2008
    8
    A good listen. Not edgy, but enjoyable.