Formed in 1992 between Bob Mould's second and third solo albums, Sugar revisited the pop-meets-post-hardcore angst of Hüsker Dü with clearer production and more defined melodies. Their debut album 'Copper Blue' was released on legendary UK indie label Creation (the home of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Teenage Fanclub). It's packed full of passionate vocals, irresistibly catchy melodies and grungy power chords. If you're into your melodic indie rock, power pop and alt. rock with some energy, then 'Copper Blue' will be an essential purchase.
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10/10 Penrith Steve 18th February 2015
I think that this is Bob Mould's best work. Better than his best Husker Du stuff too, and I love that. Whilst I agree with the above review in the most part, I really don't think this album tails off at all. Nose-to-tail great songs and an absolute must-by album. "Changes", "Helpless", "Hoover Dam" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind" are the best tracks, but y'ow, it's all good. And this double CD reissue is even better as you get more of the great stuff, some track are live or acoustic versions of album tracks but there's "The Needle Hits E" which is a worthy addition.
9/10 MissingPlanet 15th September 2014
The record that brought Bob Mould to the masses (along with Malcolm Travis’ genius drumming) is as much of a pleasure to listen to as it always was i.e. like all things pleasurable it tails off at the end. When after half an hour’s listening you have bounced your way through If I Can’t Change Your Mind, Fortune Teller rolls around and some times you like it and some times you don’t. The Slick always grates. It just doesn’t fit with the rest. Finally it’s Man On The Moon. A song that is occasionally good enough to be a standalone listen when you need its exact mood, but doesn’t exactly send you off with a bang.
But hit play and you can listen to The Act We Act again, and who doesn’t want to do that?
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