The Lucky Ones

Who could have predicted that Mudhoney would spring back with such a refreshing album? Two decades after leaving a mark as luminaries of the Seattle sound circa '88-'92, The Lucky Ones arrives as one of Mudhoney's most realized and consistently solid albums to date. The slow-burning guitar and drums in the title track, "Next Time" and "The Open Mind" are as big and bold as the swaths of paint slathered across the album's cover. Each song builds around swirls of rhythm, dirge and sharp songwriting that give depth to Mudhoney's sound, whereas previous albums diverted the group's eccentricities into simply containing its explosive drive.

The Lucky Ones coalesces with the kind of chemistry that could only come from a group strong enough to survive musical trends and apply its sound to the here and now by sounding better than ever. 5 stars


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