Candy Apple Grey

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Candy Apple Grey
Studio album by Hüsker Dü
Released March 1986
Recorded October 1985–January 1986
Genre Alternative rock, punk rock
Length 37:04
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bob Mould and Grant Hart
Hüsker Dü chronology
Flip Your Wig
(1985)
Candy Apple Grey
(1986)
Warehouse: Songs and Stories
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Spin 8/10 stars[4]
Robert Christgau A[5]

Candy Apple Grey is the fifth album by the alternative rock band Hüsker Dü, released in 1986. It was their first major label album, though Warner Bros. had initially lobbied to release Flip Your Wig until the band decided to let SST have it. Candy Apple Grey also marks the completion of the band's transition from hardcore punk to a more well-rounded sonic style which would later come to be known as alternative rock or college rock. As usual, Bob Mould and Grant Hart individually wrote tracks on the album. While the band's earlier, more frenetic style is still evident, Candy Apple Grey also features more introverted, toned-down material, including a relatively large amount of acoustic guitar.

The clarity of the production is improved over previous releases, but is still somewhat thin and top-heavy, and is frequently cited for its use of gated reverb, a mid-'80s drum production fad.[citation needed] The singles released from this album were "Sorry Somehow" and "Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely," both written and sung by Hart. The latter was accompanied by a promotional video which earned airtime on MTV. Candy Apple Grey was the first Hüsker Dü album to chart on the Billboard Top 200, but despite receiving exposure on radio as well as MTV, it could get no higher than #140.

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Crystal" (Mould) – 3:28
  2. "Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely" (Hart) – 3:29
  3. "I Don't Know for Sure" (Mould) – 2:27
  4. "Sorry Somehow" (Hart) – 4:25
  5. "Too Far Down" (Mould) – 4:37

Side two

  1. "Hardly Getting Over It" (Mould) – 6:02
  2. "Dead Set on Destruction" (Hart) – 2:59
  3. "Eiffel Tower High" (Mould) – 2:49
  4. "No Promise Have I Made" (Hart) – 3:39
  5. "All This I've Done for You" (Mould) – 3:09

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "allmusic ((( Candy Apple Grey > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Hüsker Dü". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 398, cited March 18, 2010
  3. ^ Columnist. "Candy Apple Grey". Q. November 1992. pg. 133, cited March 18, 2010
  4. ^ Weisbard, Eric. "Hüsker Dü". Spin Alternative Record Guide. October 1995. p.187
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Hüsker Dü". robertchristgau.com, Retrieved on March 18, 2010.