Zen Arcade (studio album) by Hüsker Dü

Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 423rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 575 votes)
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Husker Du : Zen Arcade CD (1995)
Condition: Very Good

New Husker Du Zen ARCADE Vinyl Record 2LP Gatefold
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Husker Du Zen Arcade [Bob Mould Grant Hart SST Gatefold Punk] 2x LP NEW vinyl
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From 11/13/2022 18:08
Tracks 5 to 13 are a barrage of Misfits like Hardcore punk. Not for everyone, I can enjoy it but I can also recognize them as songs I wont go back to. That being said, a lot of memorable punk tracks at the start and at the end. Worth a couple listens this record to find the tracks you really like. Other than that, it is a classic punk record so punk fans will love this.

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From 11/04/2022 17:31
When this record has its high points it is one of the best hardcore punk I've heard (Somewhere, Pink Turns Blue, Turn On The News), but I think it would be so much better if it had only 12 great tracks, not 23 including some pointless ones.
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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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Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
3. The Smiths by The Smiths
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. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
9. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
10. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
11. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
12. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
13. Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen
14. Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers by Bob Marley & The Wailers
15. Reckoning by R.E.M.
16. Diamond Life by Sade
17. 1984 by Van Halen
18. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
19. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
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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