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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, April 20, 1990, Image 13

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c;o~t> OLL IN THE ·aos • • \The Music You Weren·t Allowed to Hear·· A 3- Part Series Every Saturday 2pm •til Spm The Clash, tt,e Jam, Husker Du, Elvis Costello, Jonatham Richman, the Hoodoo Gurus, the B·SZs, the Meat Muppets, Robyn Hitchcock, Talking Heads, Jason and the Scorchers, The Fall, XTC, the Beat Farmers, Ministry, Squeeze, the Dream, Syndicate, Jane·s Addiction, Echo and the Bunnymen, the dBs, Sonic Youth, Jesus and Mary Chain, Divinyls, many more ....... . ! '• l ~ I ~ I\' ~.: ' ' I ---- 1\. ·-··-----'\\T\\'··-·1'··-· -·--- ..... ~ ... - ... - ...... ----,._.- - lltc l're-'\\pnl 211.1 'NO/rtiiR 1 1.1-.!\ Record review: Grant Hart's \Intolerance\ By Dean 0. Special to the Press GRANT HART-\lntolerance\ (SST Recon.lsl As a key member of Husker Du in the '80s, Gl'nnt Hart helped define an overwhelmingly powerful brand of underground rock whose reverbera- tions are only beginning to be felt by the average rock fan. Well before Husker Du broke up in 1988, it was apparent they llad e...,olved into a band that was ready to pick up the mantleofintelligent,s<lul-settrehing hard rock that The Who left behind in the '70s. Husker guitarist Bob Mould began his soloca1eer lust )lear with a slick but unfocused album of hard jangle-rock. Now, Hurt's fir.st f uti-length effort (after last year's stirring \2541\ single) proves to be an excellent showcase for his song writing and singing talents. Hart always wrote the more straight- forwardHusker Du rockers (their closest thing to all itwashis\Don 't Wanna Know if You Are Lonely\) and on \Intolerance\ he c()ontinues his highly personal style, equal parts blues and \flower power\ '-Vithout the break- neck tempos, funky jackhammer beats. or nuclear-fires:torm guitars of his old band. Hart even pulls a 'Todd Rundgren.' ph1,ing all the instruments and singing all lead and background voc~ls. (His 1ni~ing is slightly ragged though, so get the CD for maximum sound quality)_ The result is a homespun, folksy rock 'n' roll tLlbum tnat harks back to the days of\Tommy\-era Who, the Guess Who, <>r the 1nore obscure Jef- ferson Airplane material: Instead of loud guitars, tllere' ~lots of \churchy\ organ, harmonicas, pianos, and acoustic guitars. When Hart re-does last year's \2541\ with electric guitars. it loses its ur!?,enc)f. Although about half the songs are ballads, Hart, as ~Sllal, throws all of himself into the material. The sound of several enra~tllt\ed Grant Harts overdubbed and singing along on soulful tunes lik~ \All ()f My Senses\ and \The Main\ (about his former heroin addiction) is IU1 ernoti<>nal experience. even if JOU don't always understand exactly what he'~ singing. Like Pete Townshend with a few more brain cells burned away, Hart knows how to write songs that take a few basic emotions and beat them into your head until you feel them too. Unfortunately, Hart•s album is on SST Records, a company that commercial radio has al\\'ay sa:. voided because its reputation as a harcore-punk label in the early '&()s sti llllasn 't worn off. This \Intolerance\ is something you'll have to s~k ol.l.t, but it's worth it.

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