Review by LarryG|
3 stars out of 4
The title alludes to this allegedly being Mould's last rock album.
Considering that his last couple of records have been showing diminishing
returns, it didn't seem to be a bad time to move on but Last Dog and Pony
Show is a pleasant surprise. He'll never match the raw inventiveness of
his Husker Du work or the power of his post-Husker Du masterpiece, Sugar's
Copper Blue, again but he does seem more focused than he's been in a
while. Like Copper Blue, Last Dog and Pony Show begins with a string of
great intense rockers which barely take a breath. The energy flags in the
second half but Mould is the interesting, tormented songwriter he's always
Here's what others reviewers have to say:
"...Mould...revisits his past on THE LAST DOG & PONY SHOW ....
Blending Sugar's hard pop with the rueful confessions of his solo efforts,
Mould has fashioned a passionate tribute to his twenty years in music..."
3 Stars (out of 5) Rolling Stone 9/3/98, p.101