Modulate (album)

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Modulate
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 12, 2002
GenreAlternative rock
LabelGranary Music
ProducerBob Mould
Bob Mould chronology
The Last Dog and Pony Show
(1998)
Modulate
(2002)
Live Dog 98: The Forum, London UK
(2002)
Singles from Modulate
  1. "Soundonsound"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic61/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[2]
Austin Chronicle2/4 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[4]
PopMatters(mixed)[5]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[6]
Spin2.5/5 stars[7]
The Village Voice(dud)[8]

Modulate is Bob Mould's fifth solo album, released in 2002. Although a few tracks on his previous release, The Last Dog and Pony Show, had featured tape loops and samples, Mould shocked his fans with such a dramatic embrace of electronica. Rolling Stone magazine awarded the album ​2 12 stars out of five, declaring: "Ultimately, this is a rock record with electronic effects, not a techno record with guitars, and it falls short of being totally satisfying as either."[6]

The record includes the song "The Receipt," which City Pages observed "can be taken as a barely veiled attack on Mould's old Hüsker Dü-mate Grant Hart."[9]

Mould dubbed the tour supporting this album The Carnival of Light and Sound. It featured him performing alone on stage, backed by prerecorded tracks as short films were projected on screens behind him.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "180 Rain" – 3:45
  2. "Sunset Safety Glass" – 4:21
  3. "Semper Fi" – 3:57
  4. "Homecoming Parade" – 2:03
  5. "Lost Zoloft" – 3:19
  6. "Without?" – 1:40
  7. "Slay/Sway" – 4:09
  8. "The Receipt" – 2:26
  9. "Quasar" – 4:18
  10. "Soundonsound" – 4:05
  11. "Hornery" – 1:04
  12. "Comeonstrong" – 3:44
  13. "Trade" – 5:23
  14. "Author's Lament" – 3:26

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[10] 45
US Billboard Independent Albums[10] 18
US Billboard Internet Albums[10] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Modulate by Bob Mould". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Oko, Dan (2002-05-03). "Bob Mould and LoudBomb". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  4. ^ Smith, Ethan (2002-03-15). "Modulate". EW.com.
  5. ^ Glauber, Gary (2002-04-29). "Bob Mould: Modulate". PopMatters. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  6. ^ a b Blashill, Pat (2002-04-25). "Modulate Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-09-04.
  7. ^ Kandell, Steve (2008-02-01). "Bob Mould Discography". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. p. 82.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (2003-06-10). "Eating Again". The Village Voice.
  9. ^ "Minneapolis Music - Bob Mould: Modulate", City Pages, 2002-03-27, archived from the original on 2009-04-25, retrieved 2009-04-12
  10. ^ a b c "allmusic ((( Bob Mould > Awards )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-08-12.