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Album: File Under: Easy Listening
# Song Title   Time
1)    Gift
2)    Company Book
3)    Your Favoritething
4)    What You Want It To Be
5)    Gee Angel
6)    Panama City Motel
7)    Can't Help You Anymore
8)    Granny Cool
9)    Believe What You're Saying
10)    Explode and Make Up
 

Album: File Under: Easy Listening
# Song Title   Time
1)    Gift
2)    Company Book
3)    Your Favoritething
4)    What You Want It To Be
5)    Gee Angel
6)    Panama City Motel
7)    Can't Help You Anymore
8)    Granny Cool
9)    Believe What You're Saying
10)    Explode and Make Up
 
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Performer Notes
  • Sugar: Bob Mould (vocals, guitar); David Barbe (vocals, bass); Malcolm Travis (drums).
  • Recorded at Meridian Studio, Leon Springs, Texas and Cedar Creek Recording, Austin, Texas.
  • Sugar: Bob Mould (guitar, vocals), David Barbe (bass, vocals), Malcolm Travis (drums).
  • Recorded at Meridian Studio, Leon Springs, Texas and Cedar Creek Recording, Austin, Texas.
  • All songs written by Bob Mould, except "Company Book" (David Barbe).
  • With the exception of his solo debut WORKBOOK, Bob Mould's general modus operandi has remained the same since his halcyon days with Husker Du: thick guitars, impassioned lyrics, and brilliant chorus-intense melodies. But on that 1989 set Mould stepped back from Husker's pop-core explosions, and fully embraced the acoustic, folky cadences that had always been present in his songwriting. He has since plugged himself back in, and has continued to wear his heart on his lyrical sleeve. Yet Mould has never gone back to breaking land speed records, relying instead on muscular post-punk shuffles.
  • FILE UNDER: EASY LISTENING is full of these serious-minded mid-tempo songs that are growing to be new Mould trademarks. Both "Gift" and "Gee Angel" use inspired riffing to reel in the listeners, yet they keep 'em through brooding generalized discourses on innocence. Even a seemingly harmless bubblegum romance lyric like "Your Favorite Thing" has a masked sense of dread in a few couplets.
  • So rather than explode in "Divide And Conquer"-like rage, Mould now prefers to expose his raving sensibilities only partially--like an intense sun seeping through a thick cloud. And while some may take this as a sign that one of post-punk's venerable minds is growing old, others prefer to call it maturity.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/6/94, p.87) - 3.5 Stars - Good - "...Mould now proves himself as musically inventive as ever; wry, self-doubting...its rock solid songwriting delights..."

Spin (12/94, p.78) - Ranked #14 in Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '94' - "...The transition late in the album from...wracked distortion....to the jangly...will unclog your arteries en route to your heart..."

Entertainment Weekly (9/9/94, p.84) - "...Sugar's most engaging release yet; maybe the album title isn't so ironic after all..." - Rating: A

Q (10/94, p.126) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...finds former Husker Du man Bob Mould exorcising more demons over a structured barrage of pop noises..."

Alternative Press (11/94, p.100) - "...an irresistibly cheery hurricane of sheer tuneful noise and melody..."

Musician (11/94, p.91) - "...Bob Mould orchestrates the overdriven roar of guitars with more taste and intellegence than anyone around...there's always enough going on beneath the surface of these songs to ensure that the music is as absorbing as it is exhilarating..."

Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #21 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.

NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.23) - Ranked #24 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'

NME (Magazine) (9/3/94, p.50) - 9 - Excellent Plus - "...What Sugar reminds us is that, when all's said and done-to-death, music is still the unfathomable...magic that prompts in us an uncontrollable reaction, an utter, ungraspable, adrenalised joy..."
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