Picks and Pans Review: Candy Apple Grey

updated 05/26/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Hüsker Dü

A lot of people may have wondered why the rock press tap-danced in response to the past few albums by this Minneapolis trio. To the ears of a mainstream rock fan, those records probably sound like unintelligible yelling drowned out by a relentless beat and guitars that never strayed from full-blast thrashing. Hüsker Dü's latest album shows that the experts sometimes know what they're talking about. This is a great band, and even those who never liked Hüsker Dü will hear why. Part of the credit goes to improved production. Bob Mould and Grant Hart's rugged, angry voices rise above the din on Candy Apple Grey. The words and driving melodies now sound very different from song to song, and the guitar volume varies between the band's usual wall of sound and quiet acoustic strumming. Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely is a bright number despite the downbeat title, and Hardly Getting Over It is a moving, slow song about death. Hüsker Dü, which is pronounced Hoosker Doo and means "Do you remember?" in Norwegian, still creates rough-edged music that would make Sinatra buffs buy earplugs. But rock fans will appreciate the group's unflagging energy and confidence. That's why the critics liked their earlier albums. Now the rest of us can be Hüsker freaks too. (Warner)

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