BOB MOULD: Sunshine Rock: LP

May 20, 2019

The power of Bob compels me! If there has been one thing in the last thirty years that I can count on, it’s that Bob Mould is eventually going to write another batch of exquisitely crafted songs. I jumped on the Hüsker Dü train right at the last stop, but a few years later Sugar came along and kicked me into submission with more hooks than a Nova Scotian tackle box. Many great solo records followed the demise of that band, but the best ones have been since he picked up his current backing band of Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster back in 2012. Sunshine Rock is a fine addition to Mould’s discography. The press has really been leaning into the fact that this is Bob’s “positivity” trip and the songs are happy. The truth is, I never notice when he’s being negative or dark because his music always puts a smile on my face and a welcome worm in my ear. This album is no different. –Ty Stranglehold (Merge,