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  • Summary: The 13th solo release for the Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman was inspired in part by his recent move to Berlin.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
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  1. Feb 22, 2019
    94
    Sunshine Rock is bitter and hopeful, full of rage and promise. It’s an album that defines a moment in all its ugliness and the rare moments of beauty that we have to keep fighting for.
  2. Feb 8, 2019
    80
    Sunshine Rock does exactly what it says on the tin. A rock album that sparkles; a taut collection of Bob Mould cuts that fits timelessly into his ever-expanding legacy.
  3. Mojo
    Feb 1, 2019
    80
    Heavy at heart, but eminently hummable, Sunshine Rock is an affecting, uplifting set. [Mar 2019, p.92]
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Mar 11, 2019
    80
    This is his biggest, brightest, most crackling and electric album since his Sugar days. [Apr 2019, p.86]
  5. Feb 1, 2019
    75
    Rather than singing from inside the darkness, he steps back and tries to find glimmers of hope and, dare it be said, happiness. The dozen songs offer a more forgiving perspective on time, memory and the past and how to live with and move beyond it.
  6. 75
    The lyrics paint a picture of discomfort and restlessness, which grows over the course of the album into a fully formed portrait of personal strength, creativity, and hard-eyed refusal in the face of the harassment of time.
  7. Feb 1, 2019
    70
    Be assured that Sunshine Rock maintains a mostly sharp-edged sound, at least approaching the same prodigious level of guitar fuzz that made Patch the Sky such a bracing kick in the jaw.

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  1. Feb 9, 2019
    10
    Typically high quality release from Bob Mould. Good to hear him relatively happy, yet still sounding as dense and heavy as ever. NoTypically high quality release from Bob Mould. Good to hear him relatively happy, yet still sounding as dense and heavy as ever. No reservations about this one at all. Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2019
    10
    Top drawer reurn from Bob, and a great mix of familiar styles - some real heavy tunes here - almost Beaster-like. Fantastic!