With a style and voice still pleasantly stuck in the ’90s, Bob Mould hearkens back to an earlier time with his newest release, Body of Song. It was a time when grunge was still cool, the hollow lead singer voice was what everyone wanted and you could still pair heart wrenchingly vulnerable lyrics with a driving rock song.

That’s not to say the album is entirely without contemporary influences. In fact, in the early 2000s, Mould took an interest in electronica and the process of making a style of music other than rock ’n’ roll. These influences result in a strange mix of ’90s-style, rock-charged songs overlaid with a Cher-like electronic voice effect. While the sound isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just overdone.

The strange, on-and-off tune vocoder effect sometimes blends well with the dance music in the background, but for the most part, seems to clash with the guitars Mould employs.

While the album isn’t completely un-listenable, it’s a strange concoction that may leave listeners more confused than entertained. As multi-talented as Mould is, he might still be under the radar for a little while longer, at least until he figures out exactly where he’s going. Dance music masquerading as rock? What will they think of next?

Grade: B