Patch the Sky
Bob Mould - Patch the Sky
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #110 / 754
User Score
Based on 52 ratings
2016 Ratings: #307
March 25, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club
At 55, Mould has come full circle, returning to his love for massively melodic alt-punk, and his music continues to undercut his age by a sizable margin.
83
Entertainment Weekly
On his 11th solo album, the 55-year-old eminence grise shows he can still flail a six-string better than most kids half his age.
80
The Skinny

Direct, honest and powerful, Patch The Sky can only win you over, slowly but surely.

80
The Line of Best Fit
Here, Mould has turned up the contrast between anger and melody, and found some sense of enlightenment.
80
Rolling Stone
Timely? Afraid so. But there's comfort in knowing we're not alone.
80
AllMusic
All this adds up to another midlife triumph from Mould, a record that harks back to his past while completely occupying the present moment, no matter how uncomfortable or painful that may be.
80
Mojo

Following the creative rebirth of 2012’s Silver Age and 2014’s Beauty & Ruin, this is another definitive work.

80
PopMatters

Teetering between the crisp production and outright aggression that marked Mould’s short tenure fronting Sugar, Narducy and Wurster push Mould ever closer to coming unhinged on Patch the Sky.

80
No Ripcord

Where Beauty fiercely captures an emotional cathartic turmoil, attributed to the loss of his father and his dwindling youth, Patch is more about the acceptance of loss and coming to grips with solitude.

80
Drowned in Sound

Patch the Sky is undoubtedly the record of someone not only haunted by their past but also the continuing difficulties faced in the present, but it is also a stunning example of Bob Mould’s resolve and ability to channel life, death, love and failure into two sides of meaningful and melodic music.

80
musicOMH

Patch The Sky is certainly a difficult listen but it’s not without a odd kind of sweetness – it’s full of grief and bleakness to be sure, but there’s also an exhilarating sense of catharsis to be had.

75
Consequence of Sound
In this latest chapter of his career, Mould has turned his music into a personal reflecting pool, a watery blank canvas into which he expertly casts the stones of his regrets and longings. Just don’t plan on booking your birthday party there.
75
Under The Radar
At well over 50, Mould hasn't lost a step.
70
Pitchfork

Mould still sounds best when he’s articulating anger at a high volume, and Patch the Sky succeeds largely because these songs sound as if they were hardwired to raw nerves.

Feb 23, 2018
37
LIKE EATING BREAD AND WATER FOR EVERY MEAL FOR EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE. SO BLAND AND TASTELESS.
Jul 10, 2016
daFigz
70
I'm with Pitchfork on this rating. As much as I enjoy Mould's work, 'Patch The Sky' neither expands or challenges beyond what he's previously created. Frankly, the autobiographical theme is getting tiresome too. My suggestion: If you crave Hüsker Dü, buy Hüsker Dü. If you crave Sugar, buy Sugar. Otherwise, save your shĕk′əls for more significant releases, past or present. Cheers.
Jun 9, 2016
zaxapitsa
NR
Recuerda a viejos discos de punk rock en los que todas las canciones estaban envueltas en un sonido abrasivo muy concreto que a veces camuflaba melodías a cambio de una intensidad constante. Este disco, igual que aquellos, es todo o nada, o te metes de lleno en el tornado sónico o no podrás aguantarlo. Consigue rememorar tiempos pasados, no sin cierta melancolía, y aún así sonar relevante y actual.
Mar 28, 2016
Fallendomino
78
Mould demonstrates he can still thrash with daring power chords, which he overlays on top of some of his darkest lyrics yet. "Patch the Sky" puts the listener in front of a Marshall amp cranked up to 11; it's an earth-shaking-sound that does not relent--not even for a moment.

Notable Songs: "Voices in My Head"; "The End of Things"; "Hold On"; "You Say You"; "Lucifer and God"; "Hands Are Tied"
Mar 25, 2016*
Sinestroll
89
★★★★★: The End of Things • Hold On • Losing Sleep • Pray for Rain • Lucifer and God
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END OF YEAR LISTS
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#28/Sound Opinions
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Track List
  1. Voices in My Head
  2. The End of Things
  3. Hold On
  4. You Say You
  5. Losing Sleep
  6. Pray for Rain
  7. Lucifer and God
  8. Daddy's Favorite
  9. Hands Are Tied
  10. Black Confetti
  11. Losing Time
  12. Monument


Added on: January 11, 2016