New Day Rising by Husker Du

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New Day Rising by Husker Du
New Day Rising by Husker Du

Album Released: 1985

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1.New Day Rising2:31
2.The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill3:03
3.I Apologize3:40
5.If I Told You2:05
6.Celebrated Summer3:59
7.Perfect Example3:16
8.Terms Of Psychic Warfare2:17
9.59 Times The Pain3:18
11.Books About UFOs2:46
12.I Don't Know What You're Talking About2:20
13.How To Skin A Cat1:52
14.Whatcha Drinkin'1:30
15.Plans I Make4:16


Probably the most lauded of all Hüsker Dü albums, New Day Rising delivers an amazing bunch of songs that draw from more easily accessible influences/genres (60's-pop, folk).

It's also a lot more digestible than the exhausting and sometimes depressing Zen Arcade. Not only are the songs lyrically lighter (still not all that joyful though), but the sound also differs a lot from the raging double album it followed.

The guitar sounds like a dozen vacuum cleaners, the drums sound thinner than thin, only the bass seems quite ‘unharmed’ by the production ... if a contemporary album were given this production, it would probably be trashed, but somehow it works on New Day Rising, giving the music the sharp edge it became notorious for, because no matter how instantly memorable many of the melodies are, the frenetic energy this album exudes remains dominant.

The title track immediately sets the tone by offering a frantic drum intro (just like on Everything Falls Apart and Zen Arcade, also ‘opened’ by Grant Hart) and layers of droning guitar distortion, creating a hypnotic effect. The song has no actual lyrics, as both Mould and Hart scream new day rising over and over again. Nevertheless, it remains one of the album’s most intense highlights.

Equally thrilling, but ultimately a much better song, is Hart’s awesome “Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill”, which benefits from Norton’s high bass notes, Mould’s impassioned playing, and Hart’s possessed vocals screaming out up on Heaven Hill is where I wanna be - that girl, that bottle, that mattress, and me. Chaotic sounding vocals and tempo shifts characterize the ultra-short “Folk Lore” - a rather pessimistic song contemplating lost values and the lessons learned from history.

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by Reviewer: Guy Peters (blogging at Guy's Music Review Site)

Another huge leap forward, this time the Huskers bring some real melodies to all but a handful of the songs, and hook 'em up so much the album approaches power/pop territory. Which it is, but in the truest sense of the term - the Huskers pack a HUGE LOUD wallop, ramming their hooks and melodies into you like a body slam.

There's still plenty of mindless noise mind - Mould simply screams the title track over and over and calls it a song - but it's more focused this time around.

Cutting down to a manageable single disc length makes this enjoyable all the way through, until you get to the last three songs that is, which don't possess real melodies or nice things like that. But if that's their dross, that's their dross and it's probably the least amount on any one Husker Du album. I'm not completely satisfied with it, but since Husker Du are one of the most vital and innovative bands ever, they deserve at least one top-rated canonical record, and this one will do.

Mould's guitar is too fuzzed up due to the cheap production, at times it has the effect of a warm electric blanket over your head, which is to say it's comforting, non-agressive noise - pastoral even. As are the dogs on the cover. Hart and Mould come into their own as classic pop songwriters, discovering their own unique styles that they'd rarely vary from in their careers.

Average guy Hart offers sing-songs reminiscent of lost 1960's bubblepop singles, whereas tortured genius Mould's more ambitious and less melodically-direct songs aren't quite as immediately catchy, but perhaps more enduring. Hart sings about girls and Mould sings about himself.

On this album Hart falls in love with a "Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill" and another one who's into UFOs, and Mould apologizes to a lover, and gets nostalgic over Minnesota summers. My favorite Du album, and probably their best.

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by Reviewer: Creative Noise (blogging at Creative Noise)