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Blue Hearts

Bob Mould

Blue Hearts

Fourteenth full-length solo studio release from the man behind alt.rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar

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  1. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    When listening, you cannot help hear the quickening of Mould’s music, a sudden urgency, converging to a critical tipping point. It feels like a race, we are at a crossroads, and the time is now to make some crucial decisions on how we live our lives
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    Blue Hearts is a cry of purifying anger in a dark time, and its heat produces a truly necessary light; it's one of the very best solo albums Mould has given us to date
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  3. 9.0 |   Albumism

    Lyrically, Mould is raging at the state of the country and the world. With song titles like "American Crisis" and lines like "Wake up every day to see a nation in flames / We click and we tweet and we spread these tales of blame," it's easy to see where Mould is coming from
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  4. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Thank God he’s come back around to show us what true protest music sounds and feels like during our uniquely American crisis
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  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    After all we’ve seen, and all we’ve learned, in this mindbending year, who’d have thought two of the best – and most relevant – albums released so far would have come from two frazzled old white dudes like Bob Mould and Thurston Moore?
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  6. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The former Husker Du singer and guitarist focuses his anxieties on his 14th solo album, lashing out against conservatives and homophobes with renewed conviction
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    It’s a reminder that a great punk record may not be a cure-all for the world’s ills, but it can sure feel like a shot in the arm for your optimism
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  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    This latest outing does suitable state-of-the-nation stuff on "Next Generation" and "American Crisis," but the big AM radio melodies in "Everything To You" and "Little Pieces" (plus the unusually lubricious "Leather Dream") show how much fun Mould could still have. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Getting back in touch with his anger hasn't come at the cost of Mould's innate tunefulness. Print edition only

  10. 7.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    He reminds listeners that everybody has a voice. Use them
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  11. 7.2 |   Spectrum Culture

    Blue Hearts is a punk protest, and the most Mould has taken this direct in close to 40 years, but it also brings in his alt-rock sound and his heightened sense of songwriting
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  12. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    While Mould’s never been a wallflower when it comes to expressing his aggression and rage, Blue Hearts — perhaps more than any of his other individual outings — recalls the fury of Hüsker Dü in both its intensity and aggression
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