Bob Mould – SILVER AGE
Bob Mould’s latest album SILVER AGE is probably the most straightforward rock record he’s made since his second solo album BLACK SHEETS OF RAIN which came out in 1990. There are no electronics or acoustic guitars here. There’s just Bob fronting a power trio the way the rock gods intended when they created Bob’s old band Husker Du, my second favourite American band of all time and a band I still have great memories of seeing when I was in college in the 80’s. The ten songs here are simple yet heavy and mine his usual lyrical territory of angst, loneliness, and missed connections in relationships. In many ways, this is a record tailor made for fans. Nothing weird or challenging here just Bob Mould at his loudest and poppiest best.
The Candle Thieves - BALLOONS
The Candle Thieves channel a lot of the usual new wave softer 60’s oriented sounds such as Squeeze, XTC not to mention even quieter acts such as The Lilac Time and Aztec Camera in their album (I believe their second) BALLOONS. Plenty of beautiful moments here such as Earthquakes, We Won’t Ever Be Rich (but We Could Be Happy), The Way the World Spins etc.. At times, they also remind me of Tears for Fears but are not so deliberately commercial. I’ve said this in prior reviews but I am always heartened when I discover a band still making this type of music.