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  • Summary: The 13th solo release for the Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman was inspired in part by his recent move to Berlin.
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  1. Feb 22, 2019
    94
    Sunshine Rock is bitter and hopeful, full of rage and promise. It’s an album that defines a moment in all its ugliness and the rare moments of beauty that we have to keep fighting for.
  2. Uncut
    Feb 1, 2019
    90
    This LP captures him very much on the up. ... A delightful heaviness to songs like "Irrational Poison" and "Sin King" that gives the whole thing real heft and drive, protecting it from whimsy. [Mar 2019, p.32]
  3. Mojo
    Feb 1, 2019
    80
    Heavy at heart, but eminently hummable, Sunshine Rock is an affecting, uplifting set. [Mar 2019, p.92]
  4. Feb 11, 2019
    80
    Among the album’s most ferocious songs is “Thirty Dozen Roses,” a hairshirt thrasher about being a “lousy prick” which steamrolls over questionable puns with a Hüsker-ish hardcore attack. The most delightful might be “Send Me A Postcard,” the album’s sole cover. ... It’s totally awesome, tortured and joyous in perfect balance, and it does what Mould’s music has always done, even at its bleakest--exorcising demons through rock noise.
  5. Feb 6, 2019
    76
    That tension between conception and execution makes all the good energy of Sunshine Rock feel hard-earned and genuine; scars and all, it’s the sound of somebody who has weathered battles and worked to survive.
  6. 75
    The lyrics paint a picture of discomfort and restlessness, which grows over the course of the album into a fully formed portrait of personal strength, creativity, and hard-eyed refusal in the face of the harassment of time.
  7. Feb 1, 2019
    70
    Be assured that Sunshine Rock maintains a mostly sharp-edged sound, at least approaching the same prodigious level of guitar fuzz that made Patch the Sky such a bracing kick in the jaw.

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  1. Feb 9, 2019
    10
    Typically high quality release from Bob Mould. Good to hear him relatively happy, yet still sounding as dense and heavy as ever. NoTypically high quality release from Bob Mould. Good to hear him relatively happy, yet still sounding as dense and heavy as ever. No reservations about this one at all. Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2019
    10
    Top drawer reurn from Bob, and a great mix of familiar styles - some real heavy tunes here - almost Beaster-like. Fantastic!