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Candy Apple Grey

Warner Music

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 "Any fears that Hüsker Dü's move to a major label might signal dilution, concession or crossover get "sucked out of the first-class window" in the first few seconds of auricle-bending clatter on "Crystal," this album's opening cut. "Crystal" provides a metaphor for the splintering of consciousness in the Information Age: "When civilization falls in its grave/Technology throws on the dirt." Bob Mould's startlingly new, yet eerily familiar, guitar playing is the sound of a thousand radios producing soothing hums amid a jarring cacophony of static.

If there is genius in Hüsker Dü, it is in the band's oxymoronic resolution of tension and repose. When they got together seven years ago, Hüsker Dü's avowed purpose was to be the loudest, tightest, fastest band in the world. They achieved their goal early on with Land Speed Record. On Candy Apple Grey, they refine the concept of a limited, yet infinite, sonic palette. Bob Mould (guitars, vocals, keyboards, percussion), Greg Norton (bass) and Grant Hart (drums, vocals, keyboards, percussion) create an overpowering, hypnotic effect that straddles the boundary between consonance and dissonance. Repeated listenings not only sustain the initial effect but reveal the subliminal hooks, melodies, choruses and surprisingly conventional structures supporting the towering edifice.

Yet when the ten segments of Candy Apple Grey begin to reflect and refract off each other, the ultimate result is spiritual liberation. We should be grateful that this band wound up playing in the majors." - Rolling Stone


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