Blue Hearts

Bob Mould - Blue Hearts
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #143 / 809
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Based on 41 ratings
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September 25, 2020 / Release Date
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Blue Hearts is a cry of purifying anger in a dark time, and its heat produces a truly necessary light; it's one of the very best solo albums Mould has given us to date.


Bob Mould's Blue Hearts, his fourteenth solo album, is a concert captured in an album, live-sounding songs relentlessly flowing into each other, leaving the listener feeling like they just got off of a water park racing slide that was accidentally overfilled.

Under The Radar
Thank God he’s come back around to show us what true protest music sounds and feels like during our uniquely American crisis.

A Candy Apple Grey with shades of Black Sheets Of Rain, Bob Mould's ninth album of this century plays with a familiar musical palette, but the Sugar man's rep as the post-hardcore Macca remains similarly solid as he closes on 60.

Getting back in touch with his anger hasn't come at the cost of Mould's innate tunefulness, however, with even American Crisis's bleak predictions that "We're going to war/We're going to die" sweetened by his trademark anthemic punk rock.
It’s a reminder that a great punk record may not be a cure-all for the world’s ills, but it can sure feel like a shot in the arm for your optimism.
Rolling Stone
The former Husker Du singer and guitarist focuses his anxieties on his 14th solo album, lashing out against conservatives and homophobes with renewed conviction
Louder Than War
Mould touches upon personal conflicts just as masterfully as he does the political ones.

Blue Hearts finds him upping the ante yet again.

Beats Per Minute

While it’s easy to lament the environment from which Blue Hearts has come, Mould demands more. He reminds listeners that everybody has a voice. Use them.

Spectrum Culture

Blue Hearts is a punk protest, and the most Mould has taken this direct in close to 40 years, but it also brings in his alt-rock sound and his heightened sense of songwriting.

Classic Rock

Blue Hearts is ideal fodder for smashing in the news channel to.

American Songwriter

Mould’s been especially prolific of late, with a new release every other year or so over the past decade. That makes Blue Hearts less a surprise, but still more than any obligatory offering.

Bob Mould - Blue Hearts

Genre: Alternative Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 53% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 871th / 1057

Highlight: Racing to the End

Made me think of:
Pearl Jam
The Vines
Nada Surf
Ah, Bob Mould is like fine wine.
The only other Bob Mould album I've heard is his debut, 'Workbook', which is rather different from what he did with Hüsker Dü. Now, in 2020, he just released 'Blue Hearts', which sounds very similar to what he was doing 35 years ago. Although the lyrical themes aren't so aggressive like it was back then with "I'll Never Forget You", the tracks are very fast and full of adrenaline: he puts 14 tracks in 35 minutes. They're not unfamiliar for those who listened to Hüsker ... read more
I'm not feeling this at all. The songs sound so bland. The songwriting doesn't stand out to me at all. In fact, nothing about this album stands out to me. It's just boring unseasoned quinoa salad.
Lives up to its billing as the faster, leaner cousin to Sunshine Rock's ultra-positivity. Keeping the vocals down in the mix is a Bob trademark that I go back and forth on how much I like, but if you just want some bangers, this album's got some bangers.
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Track List

  1. Heart on My Sleeve
  2. Next Generation
  3. American Crisis
  4. Fireball
  5. Forecast of Rain
  6. When You Left
  7. Siberian Butterfly
  8. Everyth!ng to You
  9. Racing to the End
  10. Baby Needs a Cookie
  11. Little Pieces
  12. Leather Dreams
  13. Password to My Soul
  14. The Ocean
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Added on: June 10, 2020