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Husker Du - Zen Arcade (1984) [Reissue 1987]

Hardcore / Post-Hardcore, Rock, Punk, Indie | Author: artmuss | 25-05-2017, 16:13
Husker Du - Zen Arcade (1984) [Reissue 1987]Artist: Husker Du
Title Of Album: Zen Arcade
Year Of Release: 1984/1987
Label (Catalog#): SST Records [SST CD 027]
Country: United States
Genre: Punk Rock, Indie Rock, Melodic Hardcore
Quality: FLAC (*tracks +.cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 1:10:23
Full Size: 525 mb

In many ways, it's impossible to overestimate the impact of Hüsker Dü's Zen Arcade on the American rock underground in the '80s. It's the record that exploded the limits of hardcore and what it could achieve. Hüsker Dü broke all of the rules with Zen Arcade. First and foremost, it's a sprawling concept album, even if the concept isn't immediately clear or comprehensible. More important are the individual songs. Both Bob Mould and Grant Hart abandoned the strict "fast, hard, loud" rules of hardcore punk with their songs for Zen Arcade. Without turning down the volume, Hüsker Dü try everything -- pop songs, tape experiments, acoustic songs, pianos, noisy psychedelia. Hüsker Dü willed themselves to make such a sprawling record -- as the liner notes state, the album was recorded and mixed within 85 hours and consists almost entirely of first takes. That reckless, ridiculously single-minded approach does result in some weak moments -- the sound is thin and the instrumentals drag on a bit too long -- but it's also the key to the success of Zen Arcade. Hüsker Dü sound phenomenally strong and possessed, as if they could do anything. The sonic experimentation is bolstered by Mould and Hart's increased sense of songcraft. Neither writer is afraid to let his pop influences show on Zen Arcade, which gives the songs -- from the unrestrained rage of "Something I Learned Today" and the bitter, acoustic "Never Talking to You Again" to the eerie "Pink Turns to Blue" and anthemic "Turn On the News" -- their weight. It's music that is informed by hardcore punk and indie rock ideals without being limited by them.


01 - Something I Learned Today
02 - Broken Home, Broken Heart
03 - Never Talking To You Again
04 - Chartered Trips
05 - Dreams Reoccurring
06 - Indecision Time
07 - Hare Krisna
08 - Beyond The Threshold
09 - Pride
10 - I'll Never Forget You
11 - The Biggest Lie
12 - What's Going On
13 - Masochism World
14 - Standing By The Sea
15 - Somewhere
16 - One Step At A Time
17 - Pink Turns To Blue
18 - Newest Industry
19 - Monday Will Never Be The Same
20 - Whatever
21 - The Tooth Fairy And The Princess
22 - Turn On The News
23 - Reoccurring Dreams

Grant Hart – drums; lead and background vocals; percussion; piano on "Chartered Trips", "What's Going On", "Standing by the Sea" and "Monday Will Never Be the Same"
Bob Mould – lead and background vocals; electric guitar; acoustic guitar; percussion; piano on "Chartered Trips", "One Step at a Time", "Newest Industry" and "Monday Will Never Be the Same", bass on "Turn On the News"
Greg Norton – bass; background vocals

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