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New Day Rising
Husker Du
New Day Rising
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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The first four seconds of this influential Minneapolis trio's fifth album pretty much set the table: drum shots like an anxious heartbeat, then a sudden wall of fuzzy, high-treble electric-guitar noise. The choruses are oc...  more »


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All Artists: Husker Du
Title: New Day Rising
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sst Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 018861003122

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The first four seconds of this influential Minneapolis trio's fifth album pretty much set the table: drum shots like an anxious heartbeat, then a sudden wall of fuzzy, high-treble electric-guitar noise. The choruses are occasionally catchy, especially on "The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill," but this is more like the intense Zen Arcade than more melodic later albums. (A rare pace change, the girl-obsessed "Books About UFOs" actually recalls Bruce Springsteen.) Bassist Greg Norton, who rarely gets mentioned in Hüsker reviews, sews together Bob Mould's power guitar, Grant Hart's head-banging beats, and general ensemble screaming. --Steve Knopper

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Scalding, volcanically powerful post-hardcore pop
Jay | seattle | 04/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is vicious, relentless and incredibly catchy. It moves away from the artier Zen Arcade (recorded a mere 5 months earlier!) by turning that album's experiments and sprawling concept into individual super charged songs. The production is better than ZA - obviously not all first take, but the drums get the crash they deserve and the guitar is a wave-of-noise treble attack.Also, this album's songwriting moves away from hardcore screamfests into songs more influenced by 60's pop melodicism delivered with the same rage and power as their hardcore material. This only serves to strengthen the songs Hart and Mould turn in. The songs are brutal and fast, the choruses (improved by the gorgeous voices of both Mould and Hart) are almost always catchy and memorable.The title track kicks off the record with a moment of drum power and then a wall of sheer guitar rage backed by 3 Bob Moulds and 2 Grant Harts screaming "New Day Rising" at each other over and over. Hart's "The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill" even manages to top that astonishing moment with a crushing, melodic chorus and quirky, memorable lyrics ("she's got a big room and it's always a mess / her worn-out shoes and a worn-out dress") about a boy obsessed with a lonely sweet-hearted girl. Following that, Mould turns in the amazing "Celebrated Summer," which is the best song on the record, and in many ways its centerpiece. Structurally complex, with changes indebted to folk (it even has an acoustic bridge), this song about lost innocence still requires maximum volume because of the screamed, beautiful vocals and the overwhelming guitar. Opening side 2, Hart gives out an incredibly catchy song called "Terms of Psychic Warfare," characterized again by excellent lyrics about a breakup and a poppy chorus (tambourine, falsetto and all). Later in the side, Hart returns with "Books About UFOs," another girl-crazy tune with an Honest-to-God piano part (! ) and a shuffling tempo, where Hart sings "I'm gonna turn into a lens and focus all my attention / On finding a new planet and naming it right after her!" But the album's closer is one of the most overwhelming tracks on the record: "Plans I Make" begins with a brutal guitar/drum riff and takes off from there, reaching the point of sonic meltdown, with Mould working the band and himself into a frenzy, shrieking and bellowing over guitar driving nails into the listener, "GO... GO... GO MAKE PLANS... GO MAKE PLANS." The band eventually crashes to a halt and a single note of agonizing feedback envelops Mould as he groans "make.... plans.... make..... plans...." over and over until he too chokes to a stop.This record amazes me. It's the Huskers' most sustained moment of pure musical power -- it placed #8 in NME's 100 Best Records, '85-'95, and well deserved it. While their later material lost some of the sheer ferocity of this record, and much of their earlier material is underproduced and unstructred, this record truly is the best of both worls. It will blow you away -- literally."
"It captivates, and it hypnotize, hear the power in the line
mwreview | Northern California, USA | 04/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I know a lot of Husker Du fans love Zen Arcade, but I think New Day Rising was their first great album and the three albums they released after it were stellar. They still had that hard, raw, post-punk sound of their roots but were starting to move into a more accessible sound. I can see people who may not like Metal Circus or Land Speed Record really get into this album and I can also see fans of Husker's later, mainstream sound appreciate the rough edge of this first of their two 1985 releases (the other being Flip Your Wig). They walk that power line (so to speak) perfectly (a perfect example, right?). Whereas, Grant Hart put out his best material on the later albums, Bob Mould's tracks really stand out here (Hart has some excellent stuff here, too). There are some fillers included at the end, but there are also more than an album's worth of 12 excellent tracks, so five stars it gets!

"New Day Rising" (Mould) 2:31: Classic title track. For one line being screamed over and over, this song really rocks!
"The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill" (Hart) 3:03: Another strong rocker that just blows you away with Hart screaming at the top of his lungs. The almost menacing guitar riff really drives this track.
"I Apologize" (Mould) 3:40: Things settle down a bit with this straight-forward rocker with the singy-songy chorus. Musically, it's not as powerful, but Mould's vocals keep the intensity up: "It's your turn can you look me in the eye? Apologiiiize... HOW `BOUT IT!"
"Folklore" (Mould) 1:34: Noisy, punk style of early Husker Du. It has interesting lyrics, if you can understand them: "Women sewed the stars and stripes and the men, they fought the wars. The children learned arithmetic and everyone was poor...Now the women scream for equal rights their man wants to have an affair. Children learn to hate the world and no one seems to care."
"If I Told You" (Hart) 2:05: Awesome track! This just rocks with great vocals and drum work by Hart, especially at the bridge where he's screaming at the top of his lungs while just flying on the drum kit.
"Celebrated Summer" (Mould) 3:59: Bob Mould classic! Slow at the beginning and then rocks out! The guitar is incredible here from start to finish!
"Perfect Example" (Mould) 3:16: This may be my favorite track on the album. It is a slow song with quiet, muffled vocals by Mould. I really like it for the guitar sound.

"Terms of Psychic Warfare" (Hart) 2:17: Greg Norton kicks in with the bass line and this song just flies. Great vocals by Hart with just enough masked anger to drive the song: "And don't feel bad next time my memory comes creepin'. You've got your own bed now I suggest that's the one you sleep in."
"59 Times the Pain" (Mould) 3:18: Awesome, powerful track! Torturous vocals by Mould. For years I thought the line "Look at the photos from different eras gone by" sounded like "Coca Cola the drink that really satisfies." Mould's line is probably better.
"Powerline" (Mould) 2:22: Heavy sounding track with great vocals and guitar.
"Books About UFOs" (Hart) 2:46: Who couldn't like this song? Fun lyrics with piano pounding away. "I'm going to turn into a lens and focus all my attention on finding a new planet and naming it right after her" Ahhhhh. Much different than "Diane."
"I Don't Know What You're Talking About" (Mould) 2:20: Speedy hard rocker that I wish ended the album.
"How To Skin a Cat" 1:52: Now we get to the fillers. Why? The album was perfect up the this point. Mould rips away on the guitar and talks about fattening the cats on rats and getting cat skins and feeding their skinned carcasses back to the rats...I guess if you hate cats you'll find humor here, I find it annoying.
"Watcha Drinkin'?" (Mould) 1:30: This is actually a legitimate punk hard rocker with a cool bass riff in the middle, but seems weak compared to all the masterpieces here.
"Plans I Make" (Mould) 4:16: Loud, noisy, screaming punk with barely understandable lyrics. The guitar does rock out, though. 4:00 of it is a bit much."
Best guitar album of the 80's
Jason R. Conger | Tampa, FL USA | 01/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The list for the best albums of the 80's is a short one. Most music fans and critics will tell you the list consists of The Clash's Londing Calling, U2's The Joshua Tree, Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, or Prince's Sign O' the Times. The album that should be included in this mix is Husker Du's New Day Rising. Why? It combines everything that makes rock music great: emotion, intensity, and hooks galore. New Day Rising is one of rock's few perfect albums. After Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, it is probably the most passionate and skilled guitar album ever made. The sonic barrage that Bob Mould achieves on this album is unparallel. The lyrics take second place to the music, due to the production, but isn't the music more important anyway? Bob Mould and Grant Hart scream to get their point across, but no matter-the buzz production on New Day Rising is exactly what it needs. Mould and Hart had their problems in the recording studio, but you can never tell on this album; it is a masterpiece of dynamic chemistry. All the songs are fantastic, but three stand out in particular: "I Apologize", "Celebrated Summer", and "59 Times the Pain". These songs are where the band has never had more fun, reaching peak after dizzying peak, achieving a whirling dervish that few bands can conjure up, and they just love taking you along for the ride. And on "Plans I Make", Mould screams in anger like he never has before or since. Why? Because plans take away the fun out of life. The band knows it and they want to make you know it too. At the end of the song, Mould is trying to catch his breath, which is exactly what you will be doing when you finish this hypnotic classic. A+"