Bob Mould – ‘Beauty & Ruin’

Hüsker Dü frontman continues to conquer alternative rock with his 11th solo album

Bob Mould – hero to everyone from Dave Grohl to Billie Joe Armstrong – can’t help but remind us of the overwhelming influence he’s had. Opening his 11th solo album with the Dinosaur Jr sludge of ‘Low Season’, he harks back to the days when he ruled the American underground with Hüsker Dü. ‘I Don’t Know You Anymore’ is the song a million pop-punk bands dreamed of writing, while ‘The War’ exists to remind fuzzy revivalists like Cheatahs who’s sitting at the top of the grunge family tree. The nostalgic nods become wearier in the second half, but ‘Beauty & Ruin’ is strong enough to add weight to the argument that alternative rock belongs to Bob Mould; everyone else is just borrowing it.

Robert Cooke

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