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Silver Age by Bob Mould
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Merge Records
"I'm never too old to contain my rage," snarls Bob Mould on the marvelously profane title track to his umpteenth collection of vicious, exuberant power-pop. He's convincing. For those who prefer his sweeter, hookier, exceptionally well-named '90s outfit Sugar to his critic-beloved Hüsker Dü, Silver Age is your jam: The divinely distorted guitars roar, and so does our host, with a winning combination of nostalgic reverie and forward-thinking ardor. "The Descent" is a bright, catchy, instant career highlight; throw in a couple trademark unhinged guitar solos and this'd be just about perfect.
Rob Harvilla