Sugar: Bob Mould (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Dave Barbe (bass); Malcom Travis (drums, percussion).
Recorded at The Outpost, Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Having disbanded the hugely influential Husker Du, guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould embarked on a solo career during which he completed two contrasting albums. He then founded this power-packed trio, which resurrected the tone of his earlier group. COPPER BLUE sees Mould still firmly in control of his art, his barking voice enveloped by loud, crushing guitar and a succession of exhilarating hooklines. The album possesses awesome power and drive, but beyond the speed and distortion lies an understanding of the mechanics of classic pop songs, short, sharp and highly memorable. Mould is a crafted composer; "Changes" is an awesome piece of hard pop.
Rolling Stone (10/29/92, p.71) - 3.5 Stars - Good Plus - "...Mould once again creates brisk power-pop contexts for his eloquent grunge and careening, stacked-guitar collisions...an act of catharsis, even transcendence..."
Spin (12/92, p.68) - Ranked #6 in Spin's list of the '20 Best Albums Of The Year' - "...rocks as loud and as proud as NEW DAY RISING-era Husker Du..."
Spin (10/92, p.106) - Highly Recommended - "..[Mould's] singing and guitar playing are looser and more confident than ever before...the new songs are sterling...affecting, effective proof of Mould's continuing vitality..."
Entertainment Weekly (9/4/92, p.71) - "...finds [Mould] confidently returning to Husker Du turf...Mould shows he hasn't forgotten how to write gripping melodies..." - Rating: B+
Q (1/93, p.69) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.
Q (9/92, p.83) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a sensational return to the melodic grunge style Mould pioneered with the Huskers, stuffed with densely-layered guitar waves, soaring vocal harmonies and driven along at a furious rate..."
Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #7 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.
Stereo Review (12/92, p.106) - "...a return to the deliciously saturated meltdown of Mould's best work with Husker Du...Pop hooks wrestle for space with grunge, and the tug of war gives the songs their spine-tingling energy ...a downright bracing adventure..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he booming opening chords of 'The Act We Act' tumble like fearsome thunder....[The] lovestruck college-rock of 'If I Can't Change Your Mind' had eminently catchy hooks."