Artist: Bob Mould
Title: “Silver Age”
Format: Digital (Spotify)
I don’t know who reminded Bob Mould that he rocks, but I’m glad that person did.
Inspired after a 2011 stint as Foo Fighters’ opening act as well as playing Sugar’s debut LP, “Copper Blue,” in 2012 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the former Hüsker Dü singer/guitarist’s ninth solo studio effort, “Silver Age,” finds him back in power rock mode.
The songs are full throttle. The only complaint is that Mould’s vision on “Silver Age” lacks a bit of inventiveness. “Star Machine” and the title track are strong tracks, but followed by another eight cut from the same cloth, their impact begins to dull a bit.
For an artist who has made a career out of reinventing himself, returning to rockier, familiar terrain is unexpected from Mould. Perhaps penning an autobiography got him revisiting his roots, maybe playing “Copper Blue” had an effect, maybe, maybe, maybe.
Whatever it is, “Silver Age” is the wildest thing Mould has recorded in a long time and unlike other artists’ “return to roots” efforts, Mould never feels like he’s desperate to prove he always had it.
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