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Spin (6/96, p.115) - 6 - Reasonably Good - "...dominated by declarations of independence....may reaffirm your faith in rock as a vehicle for anguish..."Entertainment Weekly (5/3/96, pp.74-76) - "...Mould is often given to feelings of defeatism, anger, and self-pity. But what distinguishes BOB MOULD, his strongest album in years...is that the music constantly wards off those self-destructive feelings..." - Rating: A-Option (7-8/96, p.120) - "...as vengefully inspired as ever..."Musician (6/96, p.94) - "...Never the cheeriest of souls, the punk rock vet bursts out in all directions here, and the result is an unnerving psychodrama..."RIP (6/96, p.11) - 5 (out of 5) - "...With its bracing mix of multi-layered buzzsaw anthems and sparsely arranged one-man-and-his-guitar tracks, this masterful album presents, as never before, Mould's stunning range..."Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.117) - "...The sound is typical Mould: either stern, grey sheets of distorted guitar chording embellished with the occasional stab of feedback, or the furiously spartan acoustic guitar strumming, as in 'Thumbtack'..."NME (Magazine) (4/27/96, p.55) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Mould has spent 15 years making miserabilism listenable, draping the spangly cloak of pop about melancholy's sloping shoulders....Mould is most assuredly having his cake while still enjoying a slice..."93.12229

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Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he buzz-saw guitars on 'MM 17' are insistent and grooving..."Spin (p.94) - "[Mould] cans still write melodies that make the medicine go down, and ultimately, that's his redemption."Alternative Press (p.121) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Bob Mould has made his most straightforward album yet....The simple, muscular rock and folk are matched in directness by lyrics that keep returning to troubled relationships..."Pitchfork (Website) - "[F]rom its melodies to its sheen, the album represents Mould at his most Sugar-y, the disc's easily digestible power-pop fueled by overdriven guitar and break-up regrets yet tempered by Mould's ruminative vocals."Clash (magazine) (p.113) - "LIFE AND TIMES finds Mould in reflective mode....When it clicks, this is another addition to a sterling back catalogue."Record Collector (magazine) (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's a ninth solo album that sounds like a debut, which, after 30 years in alternative music, is some achievement."53.36508

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Spin (p.103) - "[With] one of his most sublimely sincere songs, '(Shine Your) Light Love Hope,' which uses a filtered vocal and high-hat dance beat to get your heart pounding." - Grade: B-Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "The result is a guitar album, for definite....There's balance in the romance department...bringing a satisfying emotional evenness to BODY OF SONG as an overall listen."53.07425

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Rolling Stone (9/3/98, p.101) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Mould...revisits his past on THE LAST DOG & PONY SHOW....Blending Sugar's hard pop with the rueful confessions of his solo efforts, Mould has fashioned a passionate tribute to his twenty years in music..."Entertainment Weekly (8/14/98, p.81) - "...He continues to issue scruffy anthems...brawling quirks...folkie tendencies, and noisey guitar-attack aeshetics--in short, the Bob Mould sound. An invigorating blast from one who has stood the test of time." - Rating: B+0.3877711

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Entertainment Weekly (4/5/96, p.81) - "Superdrag combine noisy garage rock with mainstream pop, arriving in a place that owes equally to the Stooges and Matthew Sweet....Refreshing and irresistible." - Rating: AOption (7-8/96, p.134) - "...these guys aren't goofing around--they take their teen spirit serious-like....dang if it don't get you feeling warm and tingly..."Musician (7/96, p.95) - "...[has] volume and hooks aplenty, and on half these tracks they effortlessly blast forth the sound [Bob Mould] always aimed for but...missed..."RIP (6/96, p.10) - 3 (out of 5) - "...It...grow[s] on you after a while, its impact as subtle as its sonic quirks and flourishes..."0.3877711

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Spin (7/99, p.132) - 8 (out of 10) - "...hurtles through waves of teen angst that Mom, the Wolfman, and Me never imagined, but Bob Mould, Grant Hart, and Greg Norton invented precise vocabulary for..."Alternative Press (8/99, p.88) - 5 (out of 5) - "...unrivaled punk poets....it will remind you of the last time a record made you feel alive."CMJ (4/12/99, p.24) - "...an ardent, emotionally stimulating album comprised of melodically violent music. The skittish drumming supports large-sounding, open tuned guitars and graceful, simple bass lines, providing the listener instant gratification via immediately pleasing rock melodies..."0.3877711

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Rolling Stone (10/6/94, p.87) - 3.5 Stars - Good - "...Mould now proves himself as musically inventive as ever; wry, self-doubting...its rock solid songwriting delights..."Spin (12/94, p.78) - Ranked #14 in Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '94' - "...The transition late in the album from...wracked distortion....to the jangly...will unclog your arteries en route to your heart..."Entertainment Weekly (9/9/94, p.84) - "...Sugar's most engaging release yet; maybe the album title isn't so ironic after all..." - Rating: AQ (10/94, p.126) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...finds former Husker Du man Bob Mould exorcising more demons over a structured barrage of pop noises..."Alternative Press (11/94, p.100) - "...an irresistibly cheery hurricane of sheer tuneful noise and melody..."Musician (11/94, p.91) - "...Bob Mould orchestrates the overdriven roar of guitars with more taste and intellegence than anyone around...there's always enough going on beneath the surface of these songs to ensure that the music is as absorbing as it is exhilarating..."Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #21 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.23) - Ranked #24 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'NME (Magazine) (9/3/94, p.50) - 9 - Excellent Plus - "...What Sugar reminds us is that, when all's said and done-to-death, music is still the unfathomable...magic that prompts in us an uncontrollable reaction, an utter, ungraspable, adrenalised joy..."0.3427444

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Rolling Stone (10/6/94, p.87) - 3.5 Stars - Good - "...Mould now proves himself as musically inventive as ever; wry, self-doubting...its rock solid songwriting delights..."Spin (12/94, p.78) - Ranked #14 in Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '94' - "...The transition late in the album from...wracked distortion....to the jangly...will unclog your arteries en route to your heart..."Entertainment Weekly (9/9/94, p.84) - "...Sugar's most engaging release yet; maybe the album title isn't so ironic after all..." - Rating: AQ (10/94, p.126) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...finds former Husker Du man Bob Mould exorcising more demons over a structured barrage of pop noises..."Alternative Press (11/94, p.100) - "...an irresistibly cheery hurricane of sheer tuneful noise and melody..."Musician (11/94, p.91) - "...Bob Mould orchestrates the overdriven roar of guitars with more taste and intellegence than anyone around...there's always enough going on beneath the surface of these songs to ensure that the music is as absorbing as it is exhilarating..."Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #21 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.23) - Ranked #24 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'NME (Magazine) (9/3/94, p.50) - 9 - Excellent Plus - "...What Sugar reminds us is that, when all's said and done-to-death, music is still the unfathomable...magic that prompts in us an uncontrollable reaction, an utter, ungraspable, adrenalised joy..."0.3427444

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Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] focused, gripping zigzag between fury and woe, scorched rock and folk-pop distress, much like the Husker's best records -- now with a longer view."Spin (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[He] remains a master of controlled tension, delivering deceptively pretty tunes in an edgy voice that suggests he's headed for a meltdown."Uncut (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]longside the lush orchestration of 'Miniature Parade', the delicate folk of 'Walls In Time', lies 'Shelter Me', a vocodered stomp..."Alternative Press (p.145) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "LINE finds Mould recording with not only his Fender in the foreground, but also with a full band backing him for the first time in a decade."No Depression (pp.68-69) - "Hard-rocking tunes such as 'Stupid Now', 'Very Temporary' and 'The Silence Between Us' throb and bristle behind Mould's layered electric guitars and Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty's banging."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.47) - "Few writers deal in regret, melancholy and quiet anger quite as convincingly as Bob Mould."Q (Magazine) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Pick of the bunch is the punchy 'The Silence Between Us', a masterclass in radio-friendly rock."Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "DISTRICT LINE is Mould's strongest song collection since Sugar's alt-rock paradigm, COPPER BLUE."Paste (magazine) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] mix of confessional acoustic work, tugged rockers with dazzling guitar solos, and the beautiful, spare laptop ballad 'Old Highs New Lows.'"The Word (magazine) (p.107) - "[T]hemes of loss, anguish and dislocation remain his lyrical bedrock..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Who Needs To Dream?' and lead-off single 'The Silence Between Us' recall the frantic pace and energy of Sugar's landmark COPPER BLUE album..."0.1938855

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