Hüsker Dü – Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill (1985)

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New Day Rising is the third studio album by the American punk rock band Hüsker Dü, released in 1985 on SST Records. Though less ambitious than prior album Zen Arcade, New Day Rising, in some ways, helped set the template for alternative rock for the next decade. Guitarist and lead singer Bob Mould’s trademark miasma of fuzz distortion is still present, but with much of the harsh rawness of previous efforts abandoned in favor of a more melodic sound. The title track opens the album with mantra-like repetition of “new day rising,” delivered with slowly-increasing levels of intensity and despair. Also present are a few of the group’s most famous songs, such as “The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill” and “Celebrated Summer”.

[via Curtis Wenzel in Minneapolis]

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