So you are in one of the most influential and bombastic bands in the 80s. Said band breaks up. What is a lead singer to do? Release a solo acoustic CD of course. Duh! No Brainer right? So in 1989 (after the 1987 break up) that is what Bob Mould does. Bob not only does that but it sits sadly in the “LOST TREASURE of a CD” category. You know the CDs that have criminally been over-looked and under-appreciated. Let’s make this right.
In between Husker Du (yes named after the children’s game) and Sugar, Bob Mould went solo and acoustic. The CD is called Workbook. It’s his first solo CD and it is a must have. If you don’t have it in your CD collection you should. Right now. Yes the whole thing not just a few songs off iTunes…NO the whole bloody CD.
Workbook: It’s not your typical acoustic Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds kinda cd – no this one rocks hard. Yes I put “acoustic” and “rocks hard” in the same sentenece. OK, truth be told, it isn’t a straight forward, pure acoustic cd. He plugs in and rips but consider the band that just broke up. This is an acoustic cd.
He assaults that acoustic guitar. Have you ever seen him live solo and acoustic? Then you know just how incredibly intense he is. Workbook is not what I would really call a “Sunday morning relax and have some coffee” acoustic cd. No, it fits more into a “it’s Thursday night and I’m thinking of starting the weekend off NOW” acoustic CD. There are quiet and absolutely beautiful moments but still underneath it all is Bob fuming at something or someone. Oh and I did mention he plugs in and wails at times too.
I love it and you should too. In fact, the world would be a better place if they just listened to his songs. At the very least it would a very good start towards world peace. Now go buy it.