Category: Grant Hart

Grant Hart – Good News for Modern Man

ARTIST: Grant Hart mvd6102a

TITLE:  Good News for Modern Man

YEAR RELEASED: 1999

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Hmmm..no. I myself didn’t know this album existed until I started my project.

LINEUP: Grant Hart

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Former co-leader of Husker Du releases second solo album after years of leading Nova Mob, and it’s fairly successful.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Hart’s early solo material was spotty, as was Nova Mob, so it’s refreshing to hear this album as a more complete and whole project. MI0000246702

 

If you were expecting the bile and sturm und drang of Husker Du, it’s not really here. Hart has a gift for melody, and nuance in his playing of multiple instruments that was hidden when all he did was crush his drums. His songwriting is still personal, but there’s a softer side to it, and it doesn’t seem forced.

 

While there are some flaws, at least they’re flaws somewhat in execution and production. The songs are better and it seems more cohesive than his other solo work.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: He released a solo acoustic live album called Ecce Homo in 1994 that is now seemingly gone from most all channels.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B: I was rather surprised, since Hart’s work since Husker Du was spotty at best. This shows his songwriting talent is still there.

 

Grant Hart – Intolerance

ARTIST: Grant Hart MI0002252685
TITLE: Intolerance
YEAR RELEASED: 1989
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: 2541
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.