V2-86113 Workbook
Produced by Bob Mould
Released on April 1989
US CHART POSITION #127
Find it at GEMM
V2-86113 cover
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W hat was Bob Mould going to husker du for an encore? Regret, regroup and re-engage on a more intimate level. The opening track is an acoustic guitar instrumental that has more in common with Steve Howe than Steve Jones. Itís the anomaly, the only instrumental on here, but the acoustic guitar never leaves his side. Instead of the electric wall of sound, Bob Mould is busy tearing down walls on Workbook. He yells, yowls and yodels his way through 10 songs, suggesting a nasally, noisier R.E.M. Yet without the heavy crush of Husker Du, you get the sense on Workbook that youíre seeing him clearly for the first time. Itís a personal work, a licking of wounds and looking back at a wild ride. I tend to see it as Mould stripped down, revisiting old haunts and old idols. Speed these up a little, add a wall of electric guitar and you wouldnít know hu was husker and hu wasnít. I donít recall him ever writing a track as pretty as ďSee A Little Light,Ē even if itís bittersweet. The rest of Workbook is solid stuff, with songs that will no doubt work their way under my skin eventually. Time heals all wounds, endears the minor victories to us, washes away the grainy vision of punk-pop heaven and reveals athenian angst underneath. Some critics have championed this, others tagged it bitter musings and moved on, while I think itís much a du about not being hu people expect you to be. Husker Du was a race against time, Workbook is the walking away from the crash. With a rhythm section of Anton Fier and Tony Maimone, and an honest-to-goodness cellist, itís a classy affair. Maybe classyís not your thing, in which case Iíd wait for the sweet stuff.

V2-86113 back sleeve
V2-86113 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. SUNSPOTS
  2. WISHING WELL
  3. HEARTBREAK A STRANGER
  4. SEE A LITTLE LIGHT
  5. POISON YEARS
  6. SINNERS AND THEIR REPENTANCES
  7. BRASILIA CROSSED WITH TRENTON
  8. COMPOSITIONS FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD
  9. LONELY AFTERNOON
  10. DREAMING, I AM
  11. WHICHEVER WAY THE WIND BLOWS

    All songs written by Bob Mould

CREDITS

BOB MOULD -- all vocals, guitars, keyboards, mandolin, percussion
ANTON FIER -- drums
TONY MAIMONE -- bass
JANE SCARPANTONI -- cello
Lou Giordano -- tracking engineer
Steve Haigler -- mixing engineer, percussion
Michael Covington -- cover artwork
Tim Stedman -- design
Marc Norberg -- cover photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1989 Virgin LP/CD/CS VUSLP/CDVUS/VUSMC-2 lyric sleeve
US 1989 Virgin CD V2-86113  
US April 1989 Virgin LP/CD/CS 91240 lyric sleeve
GER 1989 Virgin LP 209 938.630 picture sleeve

 

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