Bob Mould released “Workbook” one year after the breakup of his band Husker Du. The album was quiet — a huge departure from the chaos and noise of Husker Du. But Mould had just ended a decade-long run with the band, and it did not end peacefully. When the band crashed to a halt, so did the relationships among its players.
Shortly after “Workbook” came out, I remember reading a review about how Mould had isolated himself in a cabin in the northern Minnesota woods for several weeks, and wrote songs that he would want to hear. It was his own detox from Husker Du. The result was “Workbook.”
I love picturing Bob in that cabin, with a fire, a pencil and paper, and his guitar. Ever since then, it has become my personal tradition: On the day of the first snowfall of the season, I listen to this album.