Review of Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin (Merge Records)

Bob MouldA collection of songs inspired by the passing of his father as well as a contemplation of his own mortality, the legendary Bob Mould delivers a knockout set of 12 songs that refuse to ruminate in melancholy. The ghost of Husker Du rears its head on “Kid With A Crooked Face” and “Little Glass Pill” while he travels a more melodic rock path for “Nemeses and Laughing” and “Forgiveness.” Whether you’re a fan of his previous work or if you are completely new to him, there is a reason why guys like Dave Grohl hold Bob Mould in such high regard.