If you’ve never heard Bob Mould’s first solo album, Workbook, you really should. I hadn’t listened to it in a while – maybe a couple of years, even – and I’m not sure just what compelled me to queue it up just now. It’s not exactly the world’s happiest record: the single “See a Little Light” (embedded above) is probably the most upbeat thing on the record. It is an exceptionally gorgeous LP though, and that’s what brings me back to it even though I’m not feeling particularly dark about anything at the moment. At the time of its 1989 release, no one saw it coming: the first solo album from the guitarist responsible for Hüsker Dü’s gloriously melodic cacophony was not at all supposed to be a meditative, semi-acoustic outing highlighted by its excellent use of the cello in what would normally be a rhythm guitar role. All these years later, Mould’s never revisited this sound on a grand scale, either; a song or two here or there, but never an entire album. I kind of like that: it’s hard to imagine him doing a better job at it than he did on Workbook. There’s something to be said for getting it right the first time and then moving on to something else.
Speaking of something else: more frequent new content is heading your way in the next couple of weeks: lots of summer concerts and related hijinks planned. Hold tight, and thanks for reading as always.