Alt rock: Bob Mould ‘American Crisis’


New album, Blue Hearts, is out on Merge Records on the 25th September.

Last year, alternative rock pioneer Bob Mould released his most uplifting and positive collection of songs in years in the form of Sunshine Rock. Talking about that album, he said he felt the need to release an album like that after years of self exploration on albums like Beauty & Ruin and his autobiography.

All that has changed on his upcoming fourteenth solo album Blue Hearts. Due for release on the 25th of September via Merge Records, the album promises to be an uncompromising and confrontational critique of contemporary America. The first single is titled ‘American Crisis’. First recorded for Sunshine Rock, it was deemed too ‘heavy’ for that record, which is clear from the first note.

“‘American Crisis’ is a tale of two times,” says Mould. “Past Time and Present Time. The parallels between 1984 and 2020 are a bit scary for me: telegenic, charismatic leaders, praised and propped up by extreme Evangelicals, either ignoring an epidemic (HIV/AIDS) or being outright deceitful about a pandemic (COVID-19).”

Watch/listen to ‘American Crisis’ below:

Blue Hearts artwork:

bob mould

Blue Hearts track listing:

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

Pre-order Blue Hearts here.

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