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Music that’s both user-friendly and viciously rockin’ is hard to find, but veteran member of Husker Du and pop-punk band Sugar, Bob Mould has returned to classic form; creating an album of upliftingly loud melodies that betrays none of its propelling ferocity. Well-crafted and concise, the live-sounding record is a quick 40 minutes of power. From the scornful and thumping opener Star Machine, to the super-saturated guitars and pounding cymbals of The Briefest Moment, Mould conquers the subjects of fame, cynicism, age and sexuality with a passionate aplomb not seen since Sugar’s heyday. The droning effect of songs like the descending Steam of Hercules and Angels Rearrange covers much of the album’s lyrical drive, however. Not that it detracts much from the no frills, massive sound of the flowing 10-track release. Indeed, many of the tracks merge into each other so seamlessly that they’re hard to distinguish, in the most complimentary way. Inspiring hardcore, punk and indie rock acts (like the Foo Fighters) for decades, Bob Mould has created an equally potent bookend to Sugar’s anthemic Copper Blue. ****