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Grant Hart

  • 2541 [SST EP, 1988] B-
  • Intolerance [SST, 1989] B

Consumer Guide Reviews:

2541 [SST EP, 1988]
Hart played drums and wrote catchy tunes for a trio called Hüsker Dü. On this three-song breakaway, he reminds us that Hüsker Dü was a guitar band. B-

Intolerance [SST, 1989]
Playing all the instruments (notably a Hammond C-3), he sounds more spontaneous than his former bandmate's fully interactive new wave supergroup. After all, Hart was the hummable Hüsker--nothing like a simple tune to create that off-the-cuff feel. Also, he generally says what he means. But for all his drug-drenched vicissitudes, he doesn't know quite enough to go it alone. B