2021 Charity Shop Purchases 75 - Bob Mould - Workbook
If it's Friday it must be Bob Mould.
Not content with his second solo alum Black Sheets of Rain which featured last Friday I also picked up his 1989 debut solo album Workbook on Virgin in the Ullapool Community Shop. So his first two solo albums from between the demise of Hüsker Dü and the formation of Sugar for a pound. Not a bad piece of work as I'm sure you will agree.
This one is not as heavy as Black Sheets and has a strong folk
influence. Cellos also make an appearance. Bob writes in his autobiography See a Little Light that it was important to move beyond the sound of the past eight years
Jason Heller in Pitchfork writes after years of straining to be heard over Hüsker’s din, he sounds almost startled by the potency and range of his own voice; the same goes for the themes of his lyrics, which don’t shy away from an encroaching spirituality that would eventuality lead to Mould’s religious awakening years later.
Wiki argues that the album has been influential in the alternative rock community: its acoustic elements would be echoed in R.E.M's Automatic For the People with Nirvana's In Utero using cellos in a similar way.
It is not hard to imagine Michael Stipe or Kurt Cobain being influenced by Bob and Hüsker Dü.
A 25th Anniversary Workshop 25 was re-issued by Omnivore Recordings in 2014