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Copper Blue

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Artist: Sugar
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: September 1992

Review by LarryG
4 stars out of 4

Copper Blue is Bob Mould's best post-Husker Du work. Especially in its first half, Copper Blue has the power and energy of great live music. The tracks are linked together without breaks, keeping the intensity high. Mould is often a bit of a crank but here the rage of his vocals seems real and is matched the force of Mould's guitars. Copper Blue starts with The Act We Act, about a disintegrating relationship, moves to A Good Idea, about a horrific drowning and by the time it reaches Hoover Dam, with Mould calling on the elements to overwhelm and cleanse him, Mould has reached a kind of transcendence. The great acoustic rocker If I Can't Change Your Mind is a welcome breather then Mould finished with more strong rockers like Fortune Teller. In all, a powerful record, not to mention an excellent one to pogo to. Sugar's next record, File under Easy Listening, was inevitably a letdown. It had a few good songs, including one by bass player David Barbe, but didn't have the force and consistency of Copper Blue.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"..[Mould's] singing and guitar playing are looser and more confident than ever before...the new songs are sterling...affecting, effective proof of Mould's continuing vitality..." Highly Recommended  Spin 10/92, p.106

"...Mould once again creates brisk power-pop contexts for his eloquent grunge and careening, stacked-guitar act of catharsis, even transcendence..." 3.5 Stars - Good Plus  Rolling Stone 10/29/92, p.71



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