Release Date: Jul 26, 2005
Record label: Yep Roc
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
In 1998, after the release of his album The Last Dog and Pony Show, Bob Mould announced he was hanging up his electric guitar and exploring other musical avenues outside of rock & roll. More than a few fans expressed some trepidation about Mould's career choice, and that buzz became a roar after Mould released Modulate in 2002, which found him diving head first into electronic music. At least in America, the vast majority of rock fans have not been able to come to terms with the rise of electronica, and regardless of the album's virtues or flaws, few listeners were willing to look past the hard, kinetic surfaces of the music and give the songs a fair hearing.
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.
Several years in the drafting, Bob Mould’s new album Body of Song carries a flotilla of fan anticipation in its wake. Over that pivotal span, Mould sharpened his personal focus. He traded in the self-hate of his younger years, burned off the fat with a rigorous diet and workout routine, and delved deep into electronica, reinventing himself as one half of the DC-area DJ duo Blowoff.