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  • Summary: The latest solo album from the Hüsker Dü founding member was inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost.
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  1. Jul 23, 2013
    91
    Considering the breadth and depth of his work with Hüsker Dü, Hart doesn’t need to secure his legacy; that’s already been done. But with The Argument, he’s substantially and staggeringly added to it.
  2. 80
    This is a no-flab 20-song cinematic suite in four movements, featuring Hart’s weather-beaten Bowie-like semi-falsetto in all of its majesty.
  3. Jul 16, 2013
    80
    The Argument is a wondrous thing, full of its own joy. [Aug 2013, p.99]
  4. 80
    There’s decidedly no fall from grace here for Grant Hart on The Argument, his most ambitious and accomplished album in years.
  5. Aug 13, 2013
    74
    The very best tracks grapple with eternal themes of love, fear, suffering and the transmigration of the soul, with the overarching narrative largely irrelevant; the low points, however, take the dramatic framework and hit you upside the holy head.
  6. Jul 24, 2013
    70
    The Argument may not be the best place for novices to acquaint themselves with the work of Grant Hart but for long-term observers it proves to be a welcome return from a singular if erratic talent.
  7. Jul 22, 2013
    60
    This is an encouraging partial return to form from an underrated talent.

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