Zen Arcade (studio album) by Hüsker Dü

Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 432nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 554 votes)
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From 02/10/2022 17:02
Pilar do rock alternativo.
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From 08/09/2021 20:56

- Something I Learned Today
- Broken Home, Broken Heart
- Hare Krsna
- Pride
- I'll Never Forget You
- The Biggest Lie
- Masochism World
- One Step at a Time
- Newest Industry
- The Tooth Fairy and the Princess
- Turn On the News
- Reoccurring Dreams
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From 05/02/2021 15:18
Album of the day, and it`s one of the greatest albums of the decade. The turning point for punk
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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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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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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
Turn On The News
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From 09/22/2018 04:10
The seminal and almost legendary 'Zen Arcade' appears to have taken on a life of its own over the years but its not the panacea many claim it is

For starters its too long coming in at 70 minutes , the middle portion particularly becomes a slog as quite a few tracks being blurring into one

Secondly as a concept album it actually doesn't work . Supposedly telling the tale of a boy who leaves a broken home only to find the outside world is no better , this narrative thread is impossible to follow bar a few slices here and there

Thirdly the track listing has too many ho hum moments with tracks such as "Chartered Trips" , "Dreams Reoccurring" later repeated plus 13 minutes , "Indecision Time" , "Pride" and "Somewhere" as examples

Yet there are some gems to be mined within Zen , I can recommend Harts "Never Talking To You Again" , the weird but good "Hare Krsna" instrumental , the powerful "Standing By The Sea" , the 'Candy Apple Grey' - ish "Pink Turns To Blue" and twin closer's the excellent "Turn On The News" with cool monkey sounds and the full 14 minute "Reoccurring Dream "

Overall I find 'Zen Arcade' better than good but far from great

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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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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. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
9. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
10. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
11. Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers
12. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
13. Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen
14. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
15. Reckoning by R.E.M.
16. 1984 by Van Halen
17. Diamond Life by Sade
18. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
19. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
20. Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa by Keith Jarrett / Gidon Kremer; Dennis Russell Davies / Staatsorchester Stuttgart; The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Saulius Sondeckis / Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra / Alfred Schnittke
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