Mudhoney, 'The Lucky Ones' (Sub Pop)

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The Lucky Ones
Critical Mass
Label: Sub Pop

by Steve Kandell

Seattle's G-word forebears must get a special kick out of releasing a 20th-anniversary reissue of their debut EP, Superfuzz Bigmuff, alongside an eighth full-length that so brazenly resembles it. The bedrock combination of redlined guitars and Mark Arm's adenoidal wail has only been rendered more caustic by two decades of watching lesser lights cash in and burn out; Mudhoney were grumpy old men by 25, but now the curmudgeonliness feels earned. The title track's refrain -- "The lucky ones are lucky they're not around" -- could refer to compatriots who didn't make it out of the '90s gold rush alive, but it would be a slight to assume their purview is limited to a rock-scene requiem.

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