Just over a year after Husker Du split, Bob Mould released his first solo album, Workbook in 1989. Mould wrote and sang everything on here. He played most of the instruments too, but shared drumming duties with Anton Fier (Golden Palaminos) and bass with Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu). Jane Scarpantoni (Tiny Lights) was drafted in to play cello too. The album is a cult classic and to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Omnivore Recordings are reissuing the album as Workbook 25. The CD will feature extra tracks and a second disc of Bob Mould’s live performance at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro in 1989. The double vinyl LP will feature a bonus track, All Those People Know.

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Workbook 25 by Bob Mould
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8/10 Penrith Steve 18th February 2015

Bob Mould's first solo album since the demise of Husker Du couldn't be more different than the work of the classic alt. rock three-piece. The opening track, the guitar instrumental "Sunspots", showcases his love for folk legend of Richard Thompson. "Wishing Well" shows his ability to write an epic melody - a precursor to Sugar's "Hoover Dam", possibly. "See A Little Light" is a perfect pop song with a catchy chorus and is my favourite track on here. "Poison Years" starts almost like something from Metallica's "Black Album" with it's minor chord arpeggio and foreboding drums. The Richard Thompson influence pops up again on "Brasilia Crossed With Trenton". It's a decent album and Bob Mould's voice and melodies do have something of a comfy chair feel to them but it's not as good as the best stuff he did with Husker Du, its follow-up "Black Sheets Of Rain" or Sugar's "Copper Blue".


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