Silver Age - Bob Mould
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  • Summary: The latest solo studio album for the former Hüsker Dü and Sugar singer is his first on the Merge label.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Sep 4, 2012
    91
    It does mark another 10-year shift for Mould, one in which he revisits old haunts, clears out the weeds, and plants a fresh flag.
  2. Oct 30, 2012
    89
    Now in his 50s, Bob Mould returns not as the forefather of modern indie rock, but as a vital contemporary.
  3. 88
    Silver Age is an exclamation point to those [Sugar] reissues, a nod to the past but with clear direction forward.
  4. 80
    More than another album of tastefully done guitar pop, Silver Age is the sound of an artist learning to come to grips with his legacy.
  5. Sep 4, 2012
    77
    There's always something innervating about Mould in this punk setting, when the songs seem to propel themselves and he somehow finds a home in the maelstrom.
  6. Sep 13, 2012
    70
    Silver Age [is] his strongest, most searing collection of songs since Sugar.
  7. Sep 10, 2012
    60
    [Some of the lyrics] could even be read as an overture toward a long-hoped-for Hüsker Dü reunion tour. But sugar-crusted blitzkriegs like "Keep Believing" show he's doing fine on his own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Sep 25, 2012
    10
    This album is the best album of his career. The subtle nuances that separate his work from those he influenced and continues to influence areThis album is the best album of his career. The subtle nuances that separate his work from those he influenced and continues to influence are what makes me want to listen to it over and over. I hear something new each time I listen. The man is simply a musical genius. What more could a rock fan ask for in one album. From the start of the first chord in "Star Machine" to the last breath of his guitar on the final epic "First Time Joy" there is not one moment that let's your ears down. Put it on, crank it to 11 and enjoy the best roller coaster ride that you can't wait to jump back in line for. In the words of Tommy Ramone "The Ramones are an original Rock and Roll group of 1975, and their songs are brief, to the point and every one a potential hit single". Check, Check, Check. That's Rock and Roll. Expand
  2. Sep 6, 2012
    10
    sounds better that the most popular rock bands . This is Mould keeping the post-punk flame blazing and in high energy mode . Bob Mould issounds better that the most popular rock bands . This is Mould keeping the post-punk flame blazing and in high energy mode . Bob Mould is one of the greatest guitarists and lyricists of all time . Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2012
    10
    Body of Song was Bob's reintroduction to rock with a small sampling of electronics. The next two records were solid but I don't believe at theBody of Song was Bob's reintroduction to rock with a small sampling of electronics. The next two records were solid but I don't believe at the level of Silver Age. This is a straight ahead rock record. Great melodies and hooks and it is very reminiscent of Copper Blue. The record starts out on fire and continues with a similar pace throughout. He does mix it up a bit towards the later half of the record but overall it is ten songs of pop genius (caveat - I'm a huge fan). I'm very excited for the record and have been listening close to non-stop since I found the streaming version followed by the release. If you like classic power pop you will enjoy the record. I'd also like to provide a note of appreciation for the rhythm section of Narcucy and Wurster who deliver on this record. Top notch release from a guy who has been delivering for a very long time. Expand
  4. Sep 8, 2012
    8
    This album is hugely guitar driven and if you are a Bob Mould fan like myself you wll not be disappointed. On first listen it is fairlyThis album is hugely guitar driven and if you are a Bob Mould fan like myself you wll not be disappointed. On first listen it is fairly evident that he has spent a lot of time around Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters as this record certainly echos their sound and dynamic. Ironically it was Bob Mould who influenced them so in a sense he has gone round full circle and taken elements of mainstream popular rock whilst keeping his own brand of rasping vocal and harmony. No weak tracks here if you want a balls out record. 'Steam of Hercules' takes a slower drift but 'The Descent' 'Fugue State' and 'Briefest Moment' show the album and Bob Mould at his blasting best. To me this is a million miles from Copper Blue but that makes it no less catchy. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2012
    8
    This album is very reminiscent of later Husker Du and when Bob Mould released Copper Blue. It's possibly his best since Copper Blue. ThisThis album is very reminiscent of later Husker Du and when Bob Mould released Copper Blue. It's possibly his best since Copper Blue. This isn't a perfect album, it has its flaws as does every album, but it's still nice to see an artist progress instead of being forgotten like so many have. And how can Duke_Challenger rate this album a 0? Bob Mould is one of the greatest guitarists and lyricists of all time, yet he can't find any redeeming quality from the album at all? That's just ridiculous. Expand
  6. Jan 10, 2013
    7
    Il mio anno discografico inizia in maniera rumorosa grazie a Bob Mould che, in questo lavoro, torna alle sue radici con una quarantina diIl mio anno discografico inizia in maniera rumorosa grazie a Bob Mould che, in questo lavoro, torna alle sue radici con una quarantina di minuti di puro rock energetico secondo le coordinate per cui è più giustamente famoso. Non è che nella sua carriera l Expand
  7. Sep 4, 2012
    1
    Critics have always loved this guy. No cold-hearted listener can guess why. This time we have album that could have been labelledCritics have always loved this guy. No cold-hearted listener can guess why. This time we have album that could have been labelled "interesting" some 20 years ago. Nowadays, it sounds like archeology music and it is even produced in a very unusual, "dirty" way. Quite horrible experience. Expand

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