Bob Mould: Patch the Sky (Merge) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

Bob Mould

Patch the Sky

Merge

Mar 25, 2016 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


It's fair to say that since 2012's Silver Age, Bob Mould has been on quite a roll. 2014's heavier, darker Beauty and Ruin upped the ante even further and now he's back again with Patch the Sky. While Mould, bassist Jason Narducy, and drummer Jon Wurster break no new ground on this, it's enough to just let Mould be Mouldsit back and try to catch your breath on board this speeding rollercoaster. Though the opener "Voices in My Head" is a mid-tempo slow-burner similar to "Circles" (the opener on 2005's Body of Song), the pace picks up with the very next track "The End of Things." Other than on the lighter, keyboard-accented, "Losing Sleep," the pace doesn't let up at all here. Another highlight here is the absolutely scorching "Hands Are Tied," which convincingly approaches early Hüsker Dü levels of speed and distortion. At well over 50, Mould hasn't lost a step. (www.bobmould.com

Author rating: 7.5/10

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