ARTIST: Grant Hart
YEAR RELEASED: 1989
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Now That You Know Me
LINEUP: Grant Hart
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Husker Du drummer, battling addiction and getting sober, releases a solo album which turns away from Husker Du’s sound, but is unfocused and disappointing in execution.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Grant Hart wrote more than his share of Husker Du’s best known songs, and so there were some great expectations regarding this solo album, with an single already under his belt, and especially since Bob Mould’s also came out that same year.
Hart played everything on this album, wrote the songs, and the same as Mould, eschewed the punk sound of Husker Du to explore other types of music. Yet this album was a disappointment. The sharp writing wasn’t there; neither was any focus on arrangement or melody. It seemed flat, especially on the second half.
It seems that Hart, unlike Mould, really needed a foil to help him write and focus, and when he didn’t have that foil he suffered. Also, he was newly sober from heroin addiction and may have had other things on his mind.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Soon, Hart would form the band Nova Mob which recorded sporadically over the next decade..
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C-: I didn’t like this. I kept about 1/3 of it. The rest is just flat.