Modulate - Bob Mould
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  • Summary: Indie rock legend Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar) returns with his fifth solo album, and first for his brand new record label (Granary Music). In another first, Mould delves into electronica for the first time as well, abandoning traditional instruments for synths and computers on half of the album.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    An engaging, challenging listen. [Apr 2002, p.77]
  2. 80
    Unfashionable and intensely melodic. [June 2002, p.110]
  3. Once over the shock of Mould's familiar tones being vocodered beyond recognition, Modulate offers some of his most effective pop songs. [June 2002, p.120]
  4. Modulate finds him bounding around various points on the spectrum to varying degrees of creative success.
  5. 60
    This is a transitional album: Mould sprinting away from his past. [Apr/May 2002, p.116]
  6. He seems a bit misguided in places, confusing the message and the medium as he enters these uncharted waters.
  7. A largely frustrating set of Saturday morning cartoon electronics.

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  1. MattR
    Jul 19, 2005
    3
    Very poor album from a consistently great artist. Maybe should have saved this album as a Loudbomb release although it would have still been very disappointing. Only 1 or 2 tracks on the album have any staying power after you get over the novelty effect of Mould's experimentation with electronica. Mould's electronica release under the psuedonym 'loudbomb' was a much stronger work than Modulate. Do yourself a favor and pass on this one. Expand

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