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Husker Du

Zen Arcade (Double)

SST 27


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Average Customer Rating: 5 with 7 reviews (See Below)
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Tj from Glenshaw, PA 
Jan 31 2010 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This album is, in my view, the best album ever created. Everything about it is so good, from the passion you can feel when the lyrics are screamed all the way down to the track ordering, everything is perfect.

The album is a sort of conceptual album about a buy who runs away from home only to realize the world outside isn't any better than his messed up home life.

It's got 23 tracks, and honestly, only two of which I don't care for. It has several noise tracks and a couple piano interludes.

One thing this album does manage to do is throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at the listener and not sound pretentious or come off as if they are making music by not making music like some underground bands tend to do.

Despite how good it is, it IS NOT recommended for the person trying to get into Husker Du for the first time. It requires a couple of listens for one to fully gain appreciation. I didn't like it at first. Instead, if that is the case, go check out "New Day Rising" or "Candy Apple Grey." Both excellent records but more accessible.

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John from Barrington, RI 
May 8 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Amazing album! I bought the vinyl (mainly because it was cheaper) and it was definately well worth it. It's excellent quality -- especially since most of the songs on here are first takes. The whole album is just raw emotion and this is probably my favourite Husker Du album.

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John from Boston, MA 
Oct 17 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Everything about this album is perfect. Husker Du's songwriting is powerful and emotional, and musically it just fucking rocks. This is the best album ever made.

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Zack from Warren, OH 
Apr 25 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

If you are looking for the Husker Du that influenced R.E.M., this album will catch you off guard. However, I strongly hold that this is their best album, and perhaps the greatest hardcore record of all time. I don't suggest listening to it in one session - either buy it on vinyl, or listen to the CD as if it were the records (divide the tracks 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, and 22-23). It starts off with strong, melodic, anthemic songs that foreshadow their later work, but it suddenly collapses into desperate blasts of alienation, as chaotic, frenzied guitars scream underneath tortured vocals. But after awhile, the melody starts to return, and sets the listener up for one of the greatest moments in music: The glorious triple-piece of "Somewhere," "One Step...," and "Pink Turns to Blue." The album ends with a thirteen minute barrage of insanity unmatched by even the weirdest jazz fusion records. Throughout the album you'll hear Bob Mould's warm and gruff voice and explosive guitar work, which sounds like a whole room of amps; surprisingly tasteful piano flourishes; and learn the difference between Mould's harder-edged vibe and Grant Hart's pop and rock leanings. This rivals Black Flag's "Damaged" and Minor Threat's discography as the greatest hardcore ever recorded, and is a VERY rewarding listening experience if you're willing to let your guard down and really tune into it. ESSENTIAL, I would give it 50 stars if I could.

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Jack from Bethel, CT 
Oct 29 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

GREAT husker du album... i have one other and they are both great. i suggest to 80s hardcore fan because it rules

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Nate from Vacaville, CA 
Jul 4 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

If you don't own this, you seriously ought to reexamine your reason for existance. Definitely one of the best albums of all time, not just by punk standards either. If you like mature punk, or early indie this is something you ought to consider the holy grail of bands. Some of the best recorded material put on record, it's got all their early classics, like Pink Turns To Blue, Newest Industry, and Chartered Trips, absolute must have songs. Essential album from this group.

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Brian from Racine, WI 
Aug 8 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is a a strange and hard record to get into, like the other two people said, but under it all is an awesome double album. The songs seem more hardcore-ish and rough compared to "New Day Rising" and all the later releases. Some songs on here are really just filler like the last song. It's 13 minutes of weird sounding feedback and noises. If you're high you're probably really get a kick out of this album, from that last song, "Tooth Fairy...", and other weird songs on here. I'm not saying take up drugs, please stay away from drugs! Now that we're clear on that, there are also songs that rock hard like "Broken Home,Broken Heart", "Pink Turns To Blue", and "Chartered Trips". The not so rockin'accoustic "Never Talking To You Again" is a great tune too. Now go buy this, if you've owned other stuff from the Huskers. If you're a vinyl person buy this on vinyl it's a double and I think that's really cool. That's all I can say about this thing. This is out of no where, but I think "Warehouse Songs And Stories" is an awesome last double album from the Huskers too. Check that out if you haven't yet. PEACE OUT!

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