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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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. 80
    For the most part, he sounds fresh-faced and ready to charge back into the fray.
  3. 80
    District Line is Mould's strongest song collection since Sugar's alt-rock paradigm, "Copper Blue." [Mar 2008, p.102]
  4. District Line delivers the latest dissertation in cross-pollination and like past projects it’s a bit of a Frankenstein affair.
  5. District Line is a ­focused, gripping zigzag between fury and woe, scorched rock and folk-pop distress, much like the Hüskers' best records--now with a longer view.
  6. 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).
  7. Though rather generic--grainy emoting; overwrought lyrics; crisp guitar-driven pop--at least Mould can claim that he virtually invented this stuff.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 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 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.