Workbook (album)

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Studio album by Bob Mould
Released April 1989 (1989-04)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 52:11
Label Virgin
Producer Bob Mould
Bob Mould chronology
Black Sheets of Rain
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Workbook is a 1989 album by Bob Mould, his first solo album after leaving Hüsker Dü. The album is primarily acoustic and has a strong folk influence – very different from much of his group's heavier music. The single "See a Little Light" was a hit on the US Modern Rock chart. Drummer Anton Fier and bassist Tony Maimone, both of Pere Ubu fame, served as Mould's rhythm section. The album has been influential in the alternative rock community. Its acoustic style would later be echoed in R.E.M.'s 1992 album Automatic for the People; Nirvana's 1993 album In Utero used cellos in a similar way.[2]

In the liner notes of the Hüsker Dü live album titled The Living End, critic David Fricke noted that Mould had an embryonic version of "Compositions for the Young and Old" in the waning days of that band.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Bob Mould.

  1. "Sunspots"
  2. "Wishing Well"
  3. "Heartbreak a Stranger"
  4. "See a Little Light"
  5. "Poison Years"
  6. "Sinners and Their Repentances"
  7. "Brasilia Crossed with Trenton"
  8. "Compositions for the Young and Old"
  9. "Lonely Afternoon"
  10. "Dreaming, I Am"
  11. "Whichever Way the Wind Blows"