Warehouse: Songs And Stories
Hüsker Dü’s final studio album was another double LP, capping off a very prolific three years. Again they’re more conventional on Warehouse, but if it sounds generic now it’s because they laid the groundwork for the alternative rock that followed them in the 1990s. Warehouse is an appropriate name for the album, as it takes a few listens to sift through the twenty songs to find all the gems.
Hart’s the less consistent writer on Warehouse: Songs And Stories, but he turns in the catchy sea shanty ‘She Floated Away’, the rockabilly of ‘Actual Condition’ and the satisfying closer ‘You Can Live At Home’ (with a funky Norton bass line) while Mould’s highlights include the catchy hooks of ‘It’s Not Peculiar’, ‘Up In The Air’ and ‘Visionary’. Mould’s still raw on ‘Bed of Nails’ and ‘Ice Cold Ice’, but a lot of his material is close to power pop, like the straightforward, emotive ‘Could You Be The One?’.
With its long length and lack of stylistic variation Warehouse: Songs And Stories is far from perfect, but listeners will get plenty of mileage from it regardless.