Grant Hart, 'Hot Wax' (Con D'Or/MVD)

Critical Mass
Label:

by Barry Walters

Hüsker Dü's former drummer has always bared his soul by peering into others'. What he finds on his first album in ten years isn't pretty: At nine songs and 34 minutes, Hot Wax feels more like a disillusioned collection of demos than a finessed and finished disc -- instrumental vamps ramble, choruses repeat past the point of diminishing returns, and lyrical throwaways abound. But when he's on, he's scary good: The imaginary-friend ode "Barbara," with help from members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, is a string-wrapped reminder of Hart's squandered gift for poignant punk pop.

BUY:

iTunesAmazon

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Django Django — First Light " 04:49
  • 2 Happy Fangs — In the Morning " 03:08
  • 3 Santiparro — The Benefit of Confrontation " 04:49
  • 4 Soda Fabric — Teenage Illusion " 04:03
  • 5 Walter Lukens — Every Night " 02:55
  • 6 Sarah Bethe Nelson — Paying " 05:47
  • 7 Faith Healer — Again " 02:57

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA