Judging by the two minutes and three seconds of controlled frenzy and anger that make up Hey Mr. Grey, Merge Records (his label) are not exaggerating in their description of his forthcoming album:

Described as “a compact epic,” Beauty & Ruin packs a staggering lifetime’s worth of emotion and experience into a 36-minute package sure to be hailed as a landmark addition to Bob’s formidable body of work.

Unless Bob’s thrown eighteen songs this hectic and fiery into the studio, the pace must let up sooner or later, but there’s unlikely to be much slack, that’s for sure. This could be Bob Mould’s golden age (cos, you see, his last album was called Silver Age, so… I’ll get my coat).