Life And Times - Bob Mould
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  • Summary: The ex-Husker Du singer moves away from the electronic sounds of his more recent releases and returns to the guitar stylings he played 20 years ago.
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  1. Reminiscing on lost love and lust, Mould impresses with his songwriting skills.
  2. 80
    A grown-up record that hints at a more excitable wayward past. [May 2009, p.91]
  3. As immediate as Life and Times isn't nearly as diamond-hard as "Copper Blue," which is a great part of its appeal: it flows naturally, the music never pushes, it settles, comfortable in its own skin.
  4. 70
    The miserable bastard can still write melodies that make the medicine go down, and ultimately, that's his redemption.
  5. Life And Times is unchallenging pap. But it's furnished with the odd line of lyrical craftiness and melodies that, on the whole, manage to keep the stabilisers on his career because (as always) they make the seemingly untenable emotions of their writer sound tolerable.
  6. The storm of guitars here is proof enough that he's still alive and kicking.
  7. Too much of the material is ponderous and plodding. [Jun 2009, p.128]

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  1. EE
    Apr 8, 2009
    9
    As a complete album with an arc of songs, it is Mould's most consistently solid record this decade. It doesn't necessarily have the As a complete album with an arc of songs, it is Mould's most consistently solid record this decade. It doesn't necessarily have the front loaded highs of Body of Song, and is not as eclectic as District Line. Overall though, it may be better than both of those previous albums (certainly stronger than DL). The title track, the Breach, Argos, Spiraling Down, and most of all Wasted World are the highlights. WW is one of the best songs he's written and produced in years, and within it, he finally unleashes the sort of unhinged guitar solo he hasn't played since Beaster's "Tilted", 16 years ago! Argos is fun - SugarDu meets Pansy Division. The only eh songs are City Lights and Lifetime, the rest are fine tunes. He's been touting the record as Workbook revisited, but it really is not that; maybe just in spirit and in how he went about writing the songs. But they don't sound at all like Workbook. The album is streamlined, subtle, sturdy and compelling. Dog and Pony has stronger songs at times, Body had more hooks and sugarguitars, and FUEL had more melodic drive and velocity, but as a cohesive statement, Life and Times just might be the best Bob Mould release since Beaster. Expand