Zen Arcade (studio album) by Hüsker Dü

Zen Arcade
Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 427th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 504 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1984 (9th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (57th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (427th)
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100/100
From 07/01/2020 02:24
Two albums came out in 1984 that really helped to make progress in the hardcore punk genre; Double Nickels on the Dime and Zen Arcade. Hüsker Dü's effort is the more aggressive and straightforward of the two and is the one I prefer.
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70/100
From 09/24/2019 19:54
Really good album.

Favorites: Indecision Time; Beyond The Threshold; I'll Never Forget You; Turn On The News.
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90/100
From 02/07/2019 00:45
Its flawed, slightly too long and the audio fidelity is scratchy and staticky, but its those flaws that give it the greater impact. Its a dark brooding masterpiece of existential angst the best ever put to music, its grunge before grunge became a book of clichés. The styles are diverse and varied, which individually don't work in isolation, but when you add it all up create a sonic kaleidoscope that varies in texture and colour. Its cerebral with jagged hooks, its Rage to last a lifetime.


Top 5 tracks

Never Talking to you again
Standing By The Sea
Pink Turns To Blue
Whatever
Turn On The News
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60/100
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From 09/14/2017 16:09
R.I.P. Grant Hart. Thank you for this masterpiece that made my youth better.
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From 05/30/2016 00:56
Zen Arcade brings together two voices--a screaming voice in Bob Mould and a a warmer, more yearning one in Grant Hart--to tell vignettes of twentysomething white Minnesotan masculinity, doing so mostly in a loud three-piece rock format. There's a fourteen-minute instrumental, a short piano instrumental, a song with percussion swirls and general noise underscoring a reference to Hare Krishna's chanting practices, a frenetic acoustic number, and other points of variation. But mostly it's that three-piece arrangement, with Mould's guitar often a sheet of blazing noise that feels like a corrugated aluminum wall shattering in your face, other times a queasy backward masked swirl; Norton's bass skipping along and digging deep, standing out just enough to matter; and Hart galloping and crashing behind his drum kit. This is a band still chasing the land speed record that was the title of their first release, but with the added maturity shown in a greater sense of melody and purpose. A great rock band finding its authentic voice.
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80/100
From 04/16/2016 23:30
Some really great stuff and some really OK to bad stuff. Kinda wish it was condensed down to 10 best songs, but that's totally against the punk mentality. Probably the most experimental punk record I've heard (cause I've heard like 10... hehe).
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75/100
From 12/23/2015 22:29
Very good albums!

Favorite tracks: Something I Learned Today, Broken Home, Broken Heart, Never Talking To You Again, The Biggest Lie, Standing By The Sea, Turn On The News

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From 08/24/2015 20:10
A sprawling record the size and depth of life itself in the mode of brainy punk. Spawned a generation of alt-people. Leans too far in no direction, with tracts of rage giving way to gorgeous pop songs, finalizing with a fury of guitar noise.
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Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. The Smiths by The Smiths
3. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
4. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
5. Let It Be by The Replacements
6. Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths
7. Double Nickels On The Dime by Minutemen
8. Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers
9. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
10. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
11. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
12. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
13. Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen
14. Reckoning by R.E.M.
15. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
16. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
17. 1984 by Van Halen
18. Diamond Life by Sade
19. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
20. Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pärt
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