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Bob Mould, Body of Song (Album Review)

Aside from the distraction that being a one-time creative consultant for World Championship Wrestling brought him, Bob Mould has been trying to pin down his eclectic imagination for 20 years. Following the hardcore of Hüsker Dü and jangly power-pop of Sugar, his solo career has featured an on-off love affair with acoustic maturity and a hot and heavy fling with club culture. Perhaps aware that his last album, 2002’s Modulate, was a knob-twiddling experiment too far, Mould has drawn all his disparate passions together for his first release in three years. (Shine Your) Light Love Hope is a strange marriage between Ibizan euphoria and grunge wherein Mould borrows Cher’s vocoder, while Best Thing, a short, snarling riposte to an ex-lover, gives Mould his bite back after the queasy sincerity of Days of Rain. Perhaps only he could sound so at peace while exploring so many identities. (Review by: Betty Clarke UK)