Since the dissolution of Hüsker Dü, guitarist Bob Mould has continued to make records, first solo, then with his commercially most successful company Sugar and again alone for two decades. But never before has he come so close to the aesthetics of Hüsker Dü as on his new CD. The title itself sounds like the fundamental contradiction that HüDü ultimately failed to overcome: to bring the beautiful in the ugly and the ugly in the beautiful into a balance that still remains provocative and biting. Mould's guitar creaks again like in the eighties, even in the acoustic ballads. An old queer head returns to punk. But that's not all. Similar to the Pixies, on "Beauty & Ruin" he conjures up the good old days of college rock, in which it was all about handmade things that were hammered loudly but without frippery into the ear canals. Bob Mould 2014 looks fresher and more playful than it has been for many years. This is not least due to the quality of his songwriting. Here we are confronted by someone who is in his mid-fiftieth year and is going over the start again.
Top track: Let The Beauty Be