Workbook 25 [Deluxe Edition] Image
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  • Summary: The reissue of the former Hüsker Dü singer/guitarist's debut solo release includes a disc of B-sides and the complete performance at Chicago's Cabaret Metro in 1989.
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  1. Mar 28, 2014
    100
    Workbook 25 is his masterpiece.
  2. Feb 28, 2014
    100
    Although the mix sounds from another era, it also doesn’t sound compressed to within an inch of its life.
  3. Feb 28, 2014
    80
    The urgency and vigor he packs into the unplugged punk of Workbook--the frequent knuckle-scraping attack of his strumming, his refusal to whisper or withhold--are what make the album a testament to tension rather than hesitance.
  4. Mar 7, 2014
    80
    It’s easy to say this is a post-Hüsker Dü album, but the story of Workbook is a more complicated one than that, and 25 years later it still plays like a story worth hearing.
  5. Feb 28, 2014
    74
    The collection has aged remarkably well.
  6. Feb 28, 2014
    70
    This 25th-anniversary reissue features an accelerated and raging '89 live rendering of the album that adds a few Hüsker classics--acoustic and disarmingly tender.
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