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3/10 Missing Planet Customer review, 10th October 2014
It must've been hard being Grant Hart in the 90s. After Hüsker Dü's demise, he and Bob Mould started from pretty much the same place. They both had a dedicated fanbase, a bucketload of talent and both started strongly, so what happened? After two releases, Bob left a major label but Grant's indie went bust and that's where the split in fortunes began. Whilst Bob put out three Sugar records and two solo ones in the rest of the decade, Grant managed a strong Nova Mob release and then five years later, this.
Good News For Modern Man begins with 'Think It Over Now'; a three minute blast of absolute classic Grant Hart. It's a song strong enough to stand up against anything he'd previously released. Second up is 'Nobody Rides For Free' which straddles the border between good and average, but there's songs like this on most records. 'Run Run Run To The Centre Pompidou' injects a little Gallic flavour into the Hart formula and something unpleasant on the ears results. The next two tracks are low grade filler and track number six 'A Letter From Anne Marie' starts promisingly but goes on far, far too long.
Track seven ('In A Cold House') brings a noticeable change to the record which continues on to it's end. Hart tries to keep the core of his normal song writing style but attempts to experiment with it and produces songs that are so poor it's a real challenge to sit through them. Think Mould's Modulate but far, far worse. The final song is over seven minutes and it's a huge relief when it and the album ends.
Good New For Modern Man is a single. 'Think It Over Now' is (in a universe with great taste in music) the chart-busting hit and 'Nobody Rides For Free' is the b-side. Unfortunately there are nine more songs tagged on that you have to pay for.
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