Bob Mould - Blue Hearts
Single LP pressed on white, black, blue 3-color stripes color vinyl. Includes coupon for full download.
Once again, Bob is working with Superchunk's rhythm section Jon Wurster & Jason Narducy in power trio mode, producing it himself w/ engineering help from Beau Sorensen (who has worked on all of Bob's Merge albums).
One big difference between this one & his last are the themes of the record. It's almost the complete opposite of Sunshine Rock in that regard. While Sunshine Rock was mostly about love & optimism about where Bob was in his life, Blue Hearts is about the pain & drastic changes he (and all of us) have experienced in the last 12 months (and how they've personally triggered the memories of Bob's experiences as a closeted gay man in during the peak of the AIDS crisis circa 1983).